The last time the two sides went head-to-head was earlier this season, on September 11 2018 to be precise. The JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) fixture at Park Hall was an ideal opportunity for The New Saints to put right the wrong of the previous game.
Just three days earlier, after having reached the semi-final stage of the Irn-Bru Cup for two consecutive seasons, TNS exited at the first hurdle this time round. The Queen’s Park game went to penalties but it was the visitors who left Park Hall the happiest come the afternoon’s conclusion.
However, as has often been the case following a disappointing result, the team bounced back immediately, and on this occasion The New Saints ran out 6-0 winners.
A first-half brace from Aeron Edwards, one from Simon Spender and an own goal saw the reigning JD WPL champions go into the break with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
An Adrian Cieselwicz goal, followed by a late volley from Edwards that saw the Wales C international celebrate a hat-trick, ensured another six-goal finish for Scott Ruscoe’s side.
An identical score in the previous month against Carmarthen Town was the second time that The New Saints had scored six at home in the JD WPL. That impressive statistic has now been extended, following the 6-1 victory against Llandudno FC on October 17.
The clean sheet in the Aberystwyth game was the third consecutive fixture that the Saints had not conceded a goal, as the back-line once again stood firm. The victory meant that come the final whistle the team held a three-point lead at the top of the table.
Lead image: Aeron Edwards celebrates after finding the net. Credit: Brian Jones.