The most important talking point is the fact that we won 5-0 because it means that we are now in the semi-finals. In an identical scoreline to the previous round’s victory at Prestatyn Town’s Bastion Gardens, it means that we have scored ten without reply so far this season in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
The Seasiders started well and could have scored at least a couple of goals themselves early on. In the end though, come the final whistle, it was a comfortable scoreline for the holders of the trophy.
Breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute with a header, Danny added his second just 13 minutes later with a close-range effort. Unfortunately for the Liverpool-born midfielder, he was unable to claim his first TNS FC hat-trick.
Although for any footballer it is always a proud personal achievement to score three (or more) in a game, nevertheless as a team player, Danny will take satisfaction in the final score as much as anything.
It’s easy to forget sometimes, due to the maturity that he shows on the pitch, that Ben is still a teenager and is studying at Oswestry School. He certainly never looks out of place during a game and that was the case against Llandudno.
Scott Ruscoe sang his praises in his post-match interview and the youngster capped his evening with a close-range goal right at the end of the first period. Meaning that the teams went into the break separated by three goals, it was Ben’s effort that ultimately put the game beyond The Seasiders’ reach.
Although we are talking about young blood and this season’s new signings in the talking points, let’s not forget the established, experienced players in the squad. Having missed large chunks of football opportunity in recent months due to injury, it was great to see Sarge not only make the starting line-up, but also score TNS’ fourth goal, with a quality shot.
The player that we interviewed post-match, Josh continues his run of finding the net in the Nathaniel MG Cup. His header at Llandudno wrapped up the scoring for The New Saints, as the visitors ran out 5-0 winners.
Like Ben Clark, we have to remind ourselves that the ex-Bolton Wanderers Academy youngsters is still a teenager. Whenever called upon, he has slotted in the side and not looked out of place.