Following the victory in the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday, it’s another knockout competition that awaits The New Saints next. This time it’s the JD Welsh Cup, as a trip to Caernarfon Town on Friday (January 26, 2018) is the upcoming game for last season’s runners-up.
Coming on the back of the Cardiff Metropolitan University FC win, the confidence level of Scott Ruscoe’s side is sky-high. With one trophy already claimed for the season, the focus now switches to another.
Having appeared in five of the last six JD Welsh Cup finals, following victories against Cefn Druids, Aberystwyth Town, Newtown AFC and Airbus UK Broughton, the only blot on the copybook was last season’s defeat against Bala Town.
Although in different leagues – the hosts play in the second tier (north) of Welsh football – The New Saints and Caernarfon Town have faced each other once already this season. That game, at Park Hall, was in the aforementioned Nathaniel MG Cup as goals from Seargeant and Darlington sent the Saints into the semis.
In their away kit of claret and blue, Friday’s game will see Caernarfon live up their canaries nickname as they will take to the field in their more familiar yellow and green.
Currently at the head of the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance, Sean Eardley’s outfit find themselves with a six-point cushion over Guilsfield in second spot. Having finished in the top three for the last four seasons, although the club would love a good run in the cup, no doubt if given a choice then promotion would be the number one priority.
Scott Ruscoe will not be taking the game lightly as you can see from the quote below. Acknowledging the threat that the opponents pose, nevertheless The New Saints go into the game on a good run as far as recent form is concerned. With one trophy already in the cabinet this season and a healthy lead in the JD Welsh Premier League, it’s been a very good campaign so far for the Ruscoe / Evans partnership in their debut management season.
The New Saints go into the game, at the time of writing, with no fresh injury concerns. In addition, the two new signings Dean Ebbe and Kevin Kauber, are available for selection and they will have a week’s preparation behind them prior to the fixture.
The game kicks off at 7.45 p.m. and for those who are unable to make it to The Oval, then you can listen to the game via TNS Radio. The link is here on the home page of our website.