Were it not for results yesterday evening, it would’ve been a first versus second clash at the Deeside Stadium this Sunday, as The New Saints travel to face Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Originally scheduled to be played last night, the fixture was pushed back due to The Saints’ European commitments.
It’s the hosts who were the league’s early pacesetters, having won last week’s opening match 7-0 against newly promoted Llanelli Town.
The Saints made a great start themselves though, as goals from Blaine Hudson, and two from both Chris Seargeant and Greg Draper saw them come out 5-1 victors over Barry Town United.
The last league meeting between the two sides came in February. It was a close fought match, as games between the two sides often are, and it was Jon Routledge’s goal just a few minutes before half-time that was the difference in a 1-0 TNS win.
TNS were less fortunate in the JD Welsh Cup though. In March, the Nomads ran out 2-1 winners in the quarter-final, after Aeron Edwards had given his side the lead after just 2 minutes.
Having been eliminated from the UEFA Europa League with a defeat against Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday night, Scott Ruscoe’s side will be hoping to get back to winning ways immediately, and Sunday’s clash provides the perfect opportunity to do that.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match manager Scott Ruscoe said:
“The games are coming thick and fast, which you like really.
“You don’t want to be missing too much football and we’re well into the season now.
“We came back for pre-season on June 4th so we’re over nine weeks in.
“We’re at a good level, we just have to rest up now and prepare properly for Sunday.”
If you aren’t in Flintshire for the 4:00pm kick-off, you can listen to the match on TNS Radio, with the link being found on the homepage of our website. We will be live just a few minutes prior to the whistle.