Rev's Ramblings – Deeside Defeat followed by Caernarfonshire Celebrations

Last week’s Rev’s Ramblings was a point-of-view piece, as I shared my thoughts on the lack of media interest in Welsh football. This time round it’s back to grassroots, so to speak, and a look at the last couple of games. Both have been eventful, for different reasons.

First up was the only domestic defeat of the season so far, as we were left floundering in Flintshire. I guess a few battles lost along the way is fine just as long as you win the war.

It was great to have our good friend, Clint Jones, joining us on TNS Radio again. Not quite Clint from Flint though but just up the road in Holywell. In fact it was when his home-town team visited Park Hall in theWord Cup earlier in the season that Clint made his debut on air.

Initially he was on just to say a few words from a Holywell Town perspective but ended up doing the whole show, and since then has joined us a few times. If you’re a Welsh football fan then make sure you check out Clint’s 94th minute blog. It’s really good.

Fancy coming on air yourself? Well, we are at all games come rain or shine, sleet or snow, so get in touch and we’d love to have you with us. Talking of the weather, more of that in a few paragraphs time.

Back to theWord Cup though, that leads us on to the second featured game in this week’s column. After defeat on Deeside, it was congratulations in Caernarfonshire as TNS retained the trophy at Llandudno.

Well done to Denbigh Town, who put up a determined fight, but in the end the day belonged to the Saints. The lead photograph in this week’s piece was taken after the game. We were waiting for players to interview for TNS Radio, the trophy was there so I took advantage of the FA Wales’ board.

TNS Radio was back on the balcony at Parc MBi Maesdu in the media suite room overlooking the pitch. We had lots of guests throughout the course of the game with our own Steve Benyon, Euan Harris, Jacob Williams, Graeme Kirkham, Ian Williams and Keith Weaver all coming on air at some point.

Our regular feature saw four people #BeatTheBelle as Robert Parkin, David Ongwech, David Basnett and Steve Benyon all went for 2-0 to TNS. Poor Cortez ‘hasn’t-got-one-right-in two-seasons’ Belle again missed the mark, this time he went for 4-0.

It’s a just-for-fun competition, and open to all, so why not send me your prediction for this Friday’s game (January 29) v gap Connah’s Quay at Park Hall? Cortez, legend on the pitch at least, is due to send me his so we know it won’t be that, whatever he goes for. What will it be though? Go on, don’t be shy.

Finally, in theWord Cup final radio show we had our own weather forecast especially for TNS fans, from Ruth Wignall. I asked Ruth, ITV’s weather presenter for Wales, what we could expect on the north Wales coast during the game. Did we need sombreros or shirts, fleeces or flannels?

Well, I was impressed with the prediction as it was spot on. It actually made for lots of interesting chat on air, so much so I asked Ruth if she would give us something regularly and she said yes. So, as they say, watch this space, or to be precise listen to TNS Radio.

We’re on air fifteen minutes before each game and the link is on the club website. Ruth, by the way, is doing a fund raising event for Cancer Research Wales and her JustGiving page can be found by clicking HERE. Have a great week.

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