It’s a big week for The New Saints, with home games against Llandudno on Wednesday (October 17) and Connah’s Quay Nomads on Saturday (October 20).
Currently in second place, some have already used that to write-off TNS’ chances this season of retaining the JD Welsh Premier League. However, I think it’s a case of wishful thinking on their part.
It’s easy to forget that one calendar month on from the Llandudno game on Wednesday, last season The New Saints beat the Seasiders to head back to the top of the table. However, other teams were also playing afterwards – ours was a Friday evening game – who could have leapfrogged us.
In fact, the top four (in alphabetical order) of Bangor City, Cardiff Metropolitan University FC, Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints were separated by just two points.
Bear in mind that was November, and the close title race continued after that. Come the end of the season, the seventh consecutive title to return to Park Hall did so by a margin of 14 points over eventual runners-up, Bangor City.
Apart from the fact that we are in second place in the JD WPL as I write, the statistics overall are still very impressive indeed. More goals have been scored than any other side (26) and at the other end the defence boasts the least conceded (6).
And as far as clean sheets are concerned, including the Nathaniel MG Cup victory at Prestatyn, the club has 7 in 10 games.
People can argue all they like, as far as I’m concerned I’ll let the statistics do the talking.
Lead image: Greg Draper, the JD WPL’s current leading goalscorer in action during the 5-1 win against Barry Town United on opening day. Credit: Brian Jones.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE