Reflections From Latham Park – Rev’s Ramblings

Not as bad as a defeat of course, but the draw at Newtown AFC was dropped points, and for a team as successful as The New Saints FC one point sometimes feels like none. It wasn’t though and there are plenty of positives to be taken from the result.

It means that we have extended our unbeaten run in all competitions to five games, and with four wins in with that figure, the big picture is looking very good indeed.

Especially so when you consider that we have scored 18 goals and conceded just 2 during that time. You can’t win them all but if you can avoid defeat that’s always a preferable second option.

The plus goal difference of 28 means that we have an equal figure to that of all the other JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) clubs with a plus statistic combined. With 36 goals scored, that’s the opposition defence breached 10 times more than second-placed Connah’s Quay Nomads, who have scored 26.

In addition, the meanest back-line in the JD WPL with just 8 conceded in 12 games – the only side to still be in single figures – is three ahead of the Nomads who have let in 11.

Then there was Greg Draper’s goal, which takes him to 11 in the league so far this season. The JD WPL golden boot last time round, nothing would give me more pleasure than to see the likeable New Zealand international on the stage again next summer collecting the trophy once more.

So yes, it was dropped points at Latham Park. But as far as I’m concerned, we may lose the odd battle along the way but if we win the war that’s the most important thing. And I’m confident we will do that.

 

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

 

 

 

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