Two trips to south Wales in as many weeks indicate just how inconsistent The New Saints FC has been this season so far. First up was the trip to Jenner Park, as we took on Barry Town United.
The Linnets were on a very impressive home run of JD Welsh Premier League form. Having won all six previous games prior to the visit of TNS, the last time they had tasted defeat was way back on January 13 2018.
With just one point from the previous three league fixtures, it was a challenge for the visitors; yet on the day it proved to be a comfortable 2-0 win. It was a game that we dominated in terms of possession, chances and of course, the all-important goals.
Yet, six days later as we once again hit the road south, we exited the Nathaniel MG Cup against Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC. In a game that we were expected to win, the second tier side not only took the current holders of the competition to extra time but won 2-1 in the process.
Not that it’s any consolation of course, but the thread of inconsistency runs right throughout the league. When I say that anyone can beat anyone, that’s not just a cliché, it’s true. Take the other semi-final as an example. Since beating The New Saints 4-1 way back in September, Cardiff Metropolitan University FC had only won one other league game, against Llanelli Town AFC.
Going to Deeside to take on Connah’s Quay Nomads, not many would have given The Archers much of a chance. However, their journey back home was a very happy one indeed as they joined fellow south Walians Cambrian & Clydach in the final. It was also Met’s first ever win against The Nomads, and what a game to do it.
I could go on, but suffice to say, in the words of Jimmy Greaves that if you watched Saint & Greavsie back in the eighties you will be more than familiar with: It’s a funny old game. I would just add that, it’s a funny old game indeed.
Lead image from the Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC game. Courtesy of Brian Jones.
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