The New Saints FC 6 Llandudno FC 1
JD Welsh Premier League
October 17 2018
Ginge. Following the tragic death of much-loved TNS fan, Steve Norcross, over the weekend it was a fitting tribute that everyone from players to supporters at the game participated in a one-minute applause prior to kick-off. RIP, Ginge. Gone but not forgotten.
Paul Harrison. Although it was a convincing victory in the end, a stunning save from Captain Fantastic as he tipped over a goal-bound shot, while the game was still in its infancy as far as goals were concerned, was a key moment.
When called upon he never lets the team down. It’s easy to see why he has been first choice for so many years.
Ryan Brobbel. His first hat-trick for the club was a well-deserved one for the Northern Ireland U21 international. Having missed games this season due to injury, it was great to see Brobz score three goals.
In a highly competitive squad at Park Hall, the players continue to give Scott Ruscoe selection headaches.
Greg Draper. You can’t keep a good man down, and although he’s not been as regular in the starting line-up as he would have liked this season, another career hat-trick for the New Zealand international was the perfect way to impress Scott Ruscoe.
With several braces last season, the current JD Welsh Premier League golden boot, ensured this time he went one better as he found the net in the 87th minute to complete his hat-trick.
The Ball. Traditionally the scorer of a hat-trick gets to keep the match ball. So what happens when two players are eligible? When FA (England) rules were drawn up in 1886 as football entered the world as we know it today, nothing was included regarding this.
However, convention dictates that the one who reaches three goals first gets the match ball. In this case, Brobbel beat Draper by 37 minutes.
In the case of The New Saints, the tradition of receiving the ball isn’t automatically employed but if it was then the main ball would go to Brobbel, while Draper would also get one, bearing in mind that there are often other balls that are used during the course of a game.
Lead image: Ryan Brobbel in action against the Seasiders. (Photo: Brian Jones).