With the Seasiders at Park Hall on Wednesday, October 17 2018, it will be 11 months to the day since the sides last met in the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL).
On that occasion, it was The New Saints’ turn to be on the road, for a Friday evening kick-off at The Giant Hospitality Stadium.
As a reminder to those who are surprised by TNS’ current occupation of second place in the JD WPL, Scott Ruscoe’s side went into that game requiring a win to return to the top.
In addition, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cardiff Metropolitan University FC had to drop points themselves for the reigning champions to stay there. With Bangor City also in the mix, it was an incredibly close race for the title at that stage. In fact, just two points separated the top four clubs.
The New Saints left the north Wales coast with the slenderest of victories, as Greg Draper’s goal in the 30th minute was all that separated the sides come the final whistle. This is how we covered it in the match report on the club website:
Good work from Marriott down the left found Brobbel, who set himself up nicely for a low drive from outside the box.
Hitting the post to Roberts’ right, the ball fell nicely for the lurking Draper who took his tally for the season so far in the JD WPL to eight.
The New Zealand international striker went on to lift the coveted golden boot trophy, come the end of the season.
The starting line-up contained two players who no longer ply their trade at Park Hall – Ryan Leak and Connell Rawlinson. The former returned to his parent club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, following his loan move, while the latter is now at English Football League side, Port Vale.
Of the six-man bench, just Ben Clark is still on The New Saints’ books, with Alex Darlington, Wes Fletcher, Aaron Jones, Robbie Parry and Callum Roberts all having moved on. Roberts was another loan player at the time, having made the temporary move from Shrewsbury Town.
Lead image: The reverse fixture, in September 2017, also ended 1-0 to The New Saints. Chris Seargeant in action. Credit: Brian Jones.