Most of my recent columns have revolved around the first team results. With just one point from three JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) games there’s no denying that the run of current form has been poor, especially by TNS FC standards.
However, while you can’t bury your head in the sand as far as scorelines and points are concerned, you can always draw positives and above all, keep the faith.
While for some, the obituaries were already being written as The New Saints’ domination of Welsh football in recent years had come to an abrupt end, in my mind it was nothing more than a blip. You have to take the rough with the smooth and the journey to ultimate success is not always a steady one.
As a northern soul music fan, the well-known tagline ‘Keep The Faith’ sums up my own thoughts. After interviewing Scott Ruscoe live on the pitch at Jenner Park on Saturday prior to kick-off, I said to him, we are going to win today. Scott himself is very positive, and as the head of the team’s pyramid, he has never wavered. Whether in public interviews or in private conversation, he has always kept the faith.
The win at Barry Town United was not only very welcome indeed but it was a convincing one that could have been more. Let’s not forget that Jenner Park has become something of a fortress this season. Prior to TNS’ visit, The Dragons had won all six of their JD WPL games in 2018/2019.
In addition, the last time Gavin Chesterfield’s side tasted defeat at home was on January 13 this year. That’s an excellent statistic in itself and merely highlights the 2-0 TNS FC victory for what it was. Impressive.
I came across a random comment on social media last week saying that we have been rubbish for months now. Factually, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.
For example, in the month of October we played six times, winning five and drawing one. In the process we scored 23 goals while just 2 were conceded. There’s not a manager in the world, at any level, that wouldn’t desire that run of results.
There are 20 managers alone in the English Premier League that would love to be ‘rubbish’ if it meant their team was churning out those statistics.
Just as one swallow doesn’t make a summer, one or two defeats doesn’t mean it’s all over for The New Saints. Keep the faith because it always comes good.
The lead image is assistant manager, Steve Evans, with the players at Jenner Park ahead of the game.
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