Along with others associated with The New Saints FC, I went into Friday’s game against Caernarfon Town with confidence. After just one point from two JD Welsh Premier League matches, I was convinced that we would get the three this time round.
After all, whenever we suffer a rare defeat we always bounce back in style for the next game. Take this season as an example, when defeats against Cardiff Metropolitan University FC and Connah’s Quay Nomads, along with exit from the Irn-Bru Cup against Queen’s Park, were met with emphatic responses of two 6-0 wins and a 5-0.
However, this time it wasn’t to be as the visitors to Park Hall scored a late penalty to take the three points back to Caernarfonshire. Of course it was disappointing, but what I liked about the post-match interviews with Scott Ruscoe and Chris Marriott is that neither made excuses.
So often, when you listen to an interview following a defeat, the manager or player blames the referee, the assistant, the pitch, the fixture list. You name it, there’s an excuse. The fact that wasn’t the case at Park Hall means this week the staff and players will be working on putting wrongs right. Instead of pointing fingers elsewhere the focus will be on us. That’s good.
It was great to have a group of Norwegian groundhoppers with us as well for the game. We collected them from Liverpool’s Marriott Hotel prior to the match and they certainly enjoyed themselves.
As the players arrived for the fixture they met Greg Draper and Blaine Hudson and a few photographs were taken. That’s one in the lead image. Most of them brought shirts and it’s good to know that, regardless of the final score, we have made some new friends and fans.
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