Following the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) defeat at Park Avenue last Friday, the internet is awash with comments that The New Saints is finished as far as this season’s title race is concerned.
Some of those are from individuals who would find no greater joy than the demise of the club. Wishful thinking, I would call it.
Others though are from people who genuinely believe that the dominance is finally over.
What people are forgetting is that it was just as close this time last season. In fact, on November 17 2017 we travelled to The Giant Hospitality Stadium for a Friday evening game against Llandudno FC and left with the three points, courtesy of a 1-0 win.
We went into that game requiring a victory to go top, and even then, with other sides playing during the weekend, it was potentially a temporary lead anyway. Both Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cardiff Metropolitan University FC had to avoid dropped points, in which case they would have leapfrogged us.
There was another side in the title race mix at that stage as well, as Bangor City, who went on to finish second come the end of the season, were going great guns themselves.
In fact, in the middle of November 2017, there were just two points separating the top four clubs in the JD WPL.
Traditionally, The New Saints hasn’t always got off to the best of starts. Take last season as an example and following the 5-2 opening day defeat at Bangor City, for many the TNS era of domestic Welsh football dominance was over. We went on to win the title by 14 points.
In the words of Corporal Jones, “Don’t panic, Mr.Mainwaring, don’t panic.”
The lead image features Aeron Edwards with the JD WPL trophy at the league launch at the Eisteddfod two seasons ago. That was the aforementioned campaign that we lost on opening day but ended up with a comfortable cushion.
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