The New Saints of Oswestry Town v Caernarfon Town – Match Preview

Following Friday’s 2-1 win on the road at Aberystwyth Town in the JD Welsh Premier League, it’s home cup action on Tuesday (October 24 2017), as The New Saints of Oswestry Town entertain Caernarfon Town.

Still in three knock-out competitions – the JD Welsh Cup, the Irn-Bru Cup and the Nathaniel MG Cup – it’s the latter this time round as the Cofi yellow-and-green army make their way along the A55, A483 and A5 to Park Hall.

Although the two sides have met several times in recent years – from friendlies to competitive games – the one fixture that will no doubt stand out for most fans will be the Welsh Cup game from November 2014.

At The Oval, the home side took a well-deserved 2-0 lead with the second goal leading to celebrating fans causing the pitch-side wall to collapse. There was nothing untoward going on and thankfully there were no injuries either.

The New Saints went on to win the game 3-2 on the way to lifting the trophy.

The holders of the Nathaniel MG Cup, Scott Ruscoe has declared his intention to win every competition that TNS is still involved in. We caught up with him for his thoughts on the game: “We will be wary of the challenge and we’ll play a strong team against them.”

In reference to the side that TNS will put out, the manager added that “Some youngsters may get some time and we’ll be looking to get Chris Marriott (returning from injury) some minutes as well.”

The last time the sides met at Park Hall was way back in the 2008/2009 season when a determined Caernarfon side held out until the 41st minute.

The deadlock was broken by a free-kick from then player, Scott Ruscoe, who went on to add a second, as The New Saints ran out 6-0 winners.

The starting line-up for the September 2008 Welsh Premier League game featured Alex Darlington and Paul Harrison, with recent departees Phil Baker and Mike Wilde also on the pitch.

Unfortunately for tonight’s visitors, not only did they end up on the wrong end of the scoreline on the day, that season they were also relegated. Currently enjoyed a good start to the Huws Gray Alliance though, they will be looking to right that wrong come next spring.

Read the programme preview HERE.

Admission to Park Hall is £8 / £4 / £1. If you are unable to make the game then you can still follow the action via our Twitter account (@tnsfc) or TNS Radio. The latter will be bringing you full commentary of the game and we will be on air ahead of the 7.45 pm kick-off, with the link here on the home page of our website.


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