It’s been almost 10 months since The New Saints faced Newtown, with both of the past season’s fixtures coming in the space of four days last December.
The meeting at Park Hall on December 30th was certainly one to be forgotten for Scott Ruscoe’s side.
Goals from Greg Draper and Jamie Mullan sent The Saints racing into a two goal lead after just 16 minutes, but Newtown hit back, levelling the match at 2-2 with 42 minutes played.
Saints’ midfielder Robbie Parry was then dismissed in first-half stoppage time and that proved to be a stumbling block Scott Ruscoe’s side couldn’t recover from.
The Robins took a grip of the game in the second period, adding a further two goals via Luke Boundford and Nick Rushton, condemning TNS to a disappointing home defeat.
It was in stark contrast to The Saints’ meeting with Newtown on Boxing Day four days prior though.
On that occasion, it was TNS who made the comeback, going on to win the game 3-2, despite trailing 2-0 at the interval.
A second-half penalty from Greg Draper, just three minutes before he was dismissed himself, and a rocket from 35 yards by Blaine Hudson brought the game back onto level terms.
It was then Jon Routledge’s goal, originally credited to Ryan Brobbel, which completed the turnaround.
They’ve had to wait a while for the chance to put the wrong of the 4-2 defeat right, but having scored 35 goals in just 11 matches this season, shipping just seven in the process, Scott Ruscoe and his players will be more than confident of getting the result that they’re looking for.