Following an enforced break due to the adverse weather conditions, it’s back to business this Tuesday (December 19 2017) for The New Saints of Oswestry Town. This is last Friday’s game against Connah’s Quay Nomads that was postponed due to snow on the pitch.
The visit of the Deesiders to Park Hall was originally a top v second encounter, as Andy Morrison’s side got their noses in front of the chasing pack following the comprehensive victory the weekend before against Aberystwyth Town.
However, Bangor Cit’s win at the Rock this evening (Saturday, December 16) puts them into second spot, three points ahead of the Nomads who have a game in hand on the Citizens.
The New Saints continue to lead the way though and with a four-point gap and a game in hand over the Nomads, victory would put TNS in a comfortable position, as Scott Ruscoe hits the halfway stage in his first season as manager in the JD Welsh Premier League.
Of course, that’s just taking Connah’s Quay into account as Bangor City and Cardiff Met FC are still in there, as the title race continues to be very open. In fact the Citizens are now just point behind TNS, although having played two games more.
Suffering a home defeat against Bala Town, Cardiff Met lost ground this weekend and they are now in fourth spot and five points behind the leaders, having also played one game more.
Last season’s top two in the JD WPL – The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads – have met twice already this season, with the first encounter ending all-square at the Deeside as points were shared in the league game. A Draper double saw TNS take the lead twice before the home side pulled back level on both occasions.
The game, in October, saw the league table just as tight as it is now with Bangor City then leading the way with the top four (still the same teams as now) divided by just two points.
The second head-to-head between the sides was again at Connah’s Quay but a month later, this time though in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final. Another close encounter, it was a Brobbel wonder-strike in the 34th minute that proved to be the deciding factor.
Back to Tuesday and the admission charges are the usual £8 / £4 / £1 with the kick-off at 7.45 pm. As always, if you’re not able to make the game then you can listen to TNS Radio. The link is here on our website home page and you can join us ahead of the start.
While on air, if you want a shout-out then tweet us (@tnsfc) using the hashtag #TNSRadio or send us a text message at 07815 432 371. Joining us this week is TNS Ladies’ Manager, Andy Williams.
Lead photograph: Draper rounds the keeper to find the net in the 2-2 JD WPL game at Deeside in October. Credit: Brian Jones.