Back On Track
Following three games in the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) with just one point on the board, it was great to get back on track with a win. Not just a victory though but also a convincing performance.
Bear in mind that Barry Town United are no pushovers, and as well as winning all six of their league games at home this season (prior to the visit of The New Saints), the last time they tasted defeat at Jenner Park was on January 13 2018.
The Back Four
Although there were changes throughout the side, it was the defence that was most noticeable in terms of shuffling the pack. With Kane Lewis coming in at right-back, Simon Spender switched to the other side. Joash Nembhard and Chris Marriott occupied the central positions, with Mazza not looking out of place whatsoever.
The clean sheet was the first in the JD WPL since the 3-0 victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads on October 20, although the side did register another ten days later on the road at Llandudno FC in the Nathaniel MG Cup, with a 5-0 scoreline.
On as a substitute in the 71st minute for Kane Lewis, the JD WPL’s current golden boot took another step towards retaining the coveted award, when just five minutes later he converted a penalty to break the deadlock. You can’t keep a good man down.
If Greg’s goal was game then Joash’s, just three minutes later, was set and match as The New Saints surged into a comfortable lead. An inch-perfect delivery from a corner saw Adrian Cieslewicz’s ball into the box met by the incoming central defender. The header gave Mike Lewis in the Barry Town United goal no chance, as TNS wrapped up the points.
The Team Bus On The Way Home
Needless to say, it was a happy one. People who think footballers don’t care about the result have probably never travelled on a team bus. A few weeks back we journeyed to Park Hall following a 1-0 defeat at Aberystwyth Town. The atmosphere then and now was very different indeed.
The players – and staff – are always professional though. The result will determine the mood, of course, but defeats never break the team spirit just as much as no-one gets carried away by a win.