For the second Friday on the bounce, we ended up on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline. The usual pattern is that we lose and then there’s a big positive reaction as we get back on track in the next game. Sadly though, that wasn’t the case this week.
With Bala Town winning 4-2 on the road at Llandudno FC, they draw level with The New Saints. At the close of play on Friday evening, TNS FC remained in third place, with the top two, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Barry Town United, going head-to-head the following day.
Lack Of Goals
Although the side has conceded just three goals in the last three JD Welsh Premier League games, ensuring that we are still the meanest defence in the league, nevertheless the drought at the other end will be of great concern to Scott Ruscoe and Steve Evans.
Even though we are still the leading goalscorers in the league, just one goal in three matches is very uncharacteristic of The New Saints. Even more so when you consider that was a penalty.
However, sandwiched in the current dearth is a 5-0 victory on the road at Llandudno FC in the Nathaniel MG Cup, so it’s not all bad news.
No Excuses From Scott Ruscoe Or Chris Marriott
Following the game at Park Hall, we interviewed manager Scott Ruscoe and vice-captain, Chris Marriott. As well as talking about the game in general and answering questions in a very honest manner, both Scott and Mazza made no excuses for the performance or the result.
Both are seasoned professionals and conducted themselves well, as they represented the club in their respective post-match interviews. In the absence of goals, debuts or other obvious points of interest, we always go for an experienced pair of hands regarding the player we choose and that’s why, in the last two weeks, we have interviewed both Simon Spender and Chris Marriott.
Credit To Sean Eardley And Caernarfon Town
In the self-analysis, let’s not forget that not only did The New Saints lose but Caernarfon Town won. Any team that comes to Park Hall with a game plan and successfully sticks to it must deserve credit.
The visiting supporters were superb, singing right through the game, and away from our parochial perspectives, that was good to see.
Sean Eardley is doing a very good job at The Oval, and following the final whistle, was gracious in victory. A good man in and out of the game.
It’s Not The End Of The World
With Connah’s Quay Nomads and Barry Town United drawing 2-2 on Saturday, it means that although in third place, we are just three points off the top. In addition, we are still the league’s leading goalscorers and have conceded the least goals.
It’s a big one coming up this Saturday (November 17, 2018), when we travel to Jenner Park. A win and we are top of the pile again.
Lead image from the game. Credit: Phil Blagg.