The reigning JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) champions go into MatchDay4 in second place, three points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads, who are the only side with a 100% record.
The Friday (August 31, 2018) evening trip to The Oval to take on newly-promoted Caernarfon Town offers Scott Ruscoe’s side the opportunity to head to the top of the pile, for a day at least, as the Nomads are not in action until Saturday.
There have been several clashes between the teams over the years, but the one that will no doubt stand out for most is the JD Welsh Cup encounter from November 30 2014. Racing into a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Nathan Craig after six minutes and Darren Thomas nineteen minutes later, the home side got off to a great start in front of the S4C cameras.
Three goals in eight minutes though saw The New Saints take a 3-2 lead into the break, courtesy of the now-departed Mike Wilde, Chris Marriott and Jamie Mullan. The expected additional goals during the second period never materialised, as neither side could repeat their net-finding exercises from the first half.
Also very much in people’s minds will be the episode with the wall. As the Canaries’ fans surged to celebrate their superb second goal, the low structure behind the goal gave way. Fortunately, there were no injuries and play resumed.
Looking ahead to this Friday’s 7.45 p.m. kick-off, TNS manager, Scott Ruscoe, shared his thoughts: “We enjoy going there… they’re a good side, well-drilled and the fans will get behind them. We will have a good week training though and we’ll make sure we’re up for it.”
If you are unable to make your way to the game, TNS Radio will be on air ahead of kick-off, with the link here on our website home page. In addition, there will be Twitter updates throughout the match via our club account.
Lead image: Darren Thomas celebrates as Caernarfon went 2-0 up in the JD Welsh Cup game. Courtesy: Daily Post.