Five Talking Points – Aberystwyth Town FC 1 The New Saints FC 0

The Result

The big talking point is obviously the result. You have to go back 11 years to the last time there was a home win for The Seasiders against The New Saints. The date was Sunday, August 26 2007, and the result was an impressive 5-1. Jamie Reed, who went on to sign for TNS some years later, scored a hat-trick on the day.


It’s The Scalp That Everyone Wants 

Being very successful means that everyone wants to beat you. We see it time and time again, where opponents raise their game because they’re playing The New Saints. It’s a compliment.

At the final Park Avenue whistle, the reaction from home players and supporters alike was an indicator of just how much it means to everyone. The Aberystwyth Town’s match report described it as a ‘famous victory’.


Three Defeats And All On The Road 

With four defeats in last season’s JD Welsh Premier League campaign, we have been beaten three times already this time round in just thirteen games.

Although Park Hall remains a fortress, with three of the games played so far producing six goals for TNS, while one of the others saw five, it’s the away form that is the issue.

We asked manager, Scott Ruscoe, about that in the post-game interview and you can watch that via TNS TV or the match report.


Credit To Aberystwyth Town

While the focus from a TNS perspective will obviously be on ourselves, as far as the big picture is concerned you have to give credit to opposition. From the off they were prepared to go toe-to-toe with the visitors and they battled well.

This was their third JD Welsh Premier League victory on the trot, following wins at Llanelli AFC (3-1) and Llandudno FC (1-0) as they ended the night in the top six. On a current run of good form you have to go back to October 5 when they last tasted defeat, as they went down 1-0 at Cefn Druids.


Expect A Positive Reaction

Come the final whistle, the table showed that The New Saints were still in pole position. Granted, that may not be the case once MD13 has been completed but nevertheless this is about perspective.

Whenever the side has suffered defeat, the response has been excellent. The narrow 1-0 loss at Connah’s Quay Nomads earlier in the season was followed six days later by a 6-0 victory against Carmarthen Town.

Exit from the Irn-Bru Cup resulted three days on with another 6-0, this time against Aberystwyth Town.

A disappointing 4-1 reversal at Cardiff Metropolitan University FC saw the side then go to Bastion Gardens and beat Prestatyn Town 5-0 in the Nathaniel MG Cup.






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