For the second Saturday on the bounce it’s the Deeside Stadium that awaits The New Saints, as once again we go head-to-head with Connah’s Quay Nomads. Following last weekend’s 1-0 victory in the JD Welsh Premier League, this time round it’s the JD Welsh Cup that the sides will be competing in.
Having already played each other in the Nathaniel MG Cup – which The New Saints went on to win – this will be the fifth meeting between the teams so far this season. With three wins and a draw to date, it’s TNS that come out on top as far as results are concerned.
This weekend’s game (March 3, 2018) is a quarter-final tie in Wales’ oldest senior competition. With the first games being played way back in 1877, as Wrexham eventually lifted the trophy, it means that the Welsh Cup has covered three centuries of football.
Connah’s Quay’s road to the quarter-final tie has seen them winning home games against lower league opposition. Entering the competition, along the other JD Welsh Premier League sides, in the third round, Cwmbran Celtic were the visitors to Deeside as the Nomads ran out 3-0 winners.
Next up, it was a team from the north that made the journey cross country, as Porthmadog FC were the visitors. Again, Andy Morrison’s side scored three goals, with Port scoring what turned out to be nothing more than a consolation in the end.
The New Saints have also avoided top flight opposition until now, as Huws Gray Alliance strugglers, Penrhyncoch, travelled to Park Hall for the third round encounter. A hat-trick from now-departed Alex Darlington saw TNS register a 6-0 victory.
In the next round, and facing opponents from the second tier (north) of Welsh football once more, it was a trip to high-flying Caernarfon Town. A brace from Dean Ebbe and a late goal from Aeron Edwards, with no reply from the home side, ensured that a potential banana skin fixture was navigated comfortably come the final whistle.
The game this weekend kicks off at 2.30 p.m. and for those travelling to Flintshire, the address is Deeside Stadium, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay. CH5 4BR. As always, if you are unable to make the match then don’t miss out, as TNS Radio will be bringing you commentary. The link is on the home page of our website.
The action photograph is from last Saturday’s game at Connah’s Quay. Credit: Brian Jones.