Due primarily to progress in the Irn-Bru Cup creating extra fixtures – not that we’re complaining though of course, far from it – the games are coming thick and fast at the moment. Following on from Tuesday’s JD Welsh Premier League game at Cefn Druids, it’s back to Park Hall on Friday (December 1 2017) for JD Welsh Cup action.
The visitors in the 7.45 pm kick-off are Penrhyncoch from the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance, which is the second tier (north) of Welsh football. They are currently in 12th place (in a 15-team league), although with thirteen points from twelve games they are eleven and eight points ahead of Llandudno Junction and FC Queens Park respectively, who occupy the two bottom spots.
Founded in 1965, which makes them six years behind TNS’ Llansantffraid beginnings and considerably younger than Oswestry Town FC who trace their birth to the 19th century, unlike the aforementioned teams Penryhncoch have never played in the top flight of domestic Welsh football.
Although the third round tie on Friday sees TNS enter the competition for the first time this season, the Roosters were in from day one as they edged a seven-goal thriller on the road at Garden Village.
Again out second in the draw, they faced another trip down south, this time to Caerphilly Athletic in Round Two. Finding the net four times for the second consecutive game in the competition, their opponents only managed two this time as the victory was more comfortable as far as the scoreline was concerned.
The visit to Park Hall will be their third away game on the bounce in as many rounds, but will they score four again? Although The New Saints will be strong favourites to progress, manager Scott Ruscoe certainly isn’t counting his chickens before they are hatched.
“We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted. It’s a great competition and we want to go one better than last season. I’ve had success in the past as a player and now I want to win the Welsh Cup as a manager.”
Admission is £8 / £4 / £1 and as always, for those not there, TNS Radio will be bringing commentary on the game. You can listen via the link on the home page of our website.
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