The New Saints FC 1 Cardiff Metropolitan University FC 1 – Five Talking Points

Halfway Stage And It’s All About Perspective

Although it was a draw in the end, following the late Ebbe equaliser, it means that the reigning champions have picked up five points from as many games in the JD Welsh Premier League.

However, with just four goals conceded during the current run of poor form, it’s all about perspective. Scott Ruscoe, the staff and the players are still in a positive frame of mind as we hit the halfway stage in the season.


The penalty 

With The New Saints falling behind in the 64th minute to a penalty, both Scott Ruscoe and Danny Redmond in their post-match interviews, addressed the incident that led to the spot-kick.

Independently of each other, they both used the word ‘soft’.  The Sgorio highlights will be out from Monday (December 3) evening, where you can watch for yourself and make your own mind up.


Dean Ebbe

You can’t keep a good man down and the likeable Irish striker, on for his fellow countryman Kurtis Byrne in the 74th minute, saved TNS’ blushes 13 minutes later.

Having scored some key goals so far this season, both in European and domestic competition, this was another crucial one as the team rescued a point.


The Back Line

Due to injuries, the defence pack was shuffled again. Kane Lewis slotted into the centre alongside Ben Cabango, a position that he has played in before, prior to joining The New Saints, so that didn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Simon Spender switched to his more familiar right-back role, having played on the opposite side in recent games.

Danny Redmond’s inclusion in the left-back position was the one that most would not have predicted beforehand, in terms of line-up. However, it wasn’t as much a surprise as perhaps it appears on the surface. In his early days, while at Everton FC’s Academy, Danny played left-back for ten years.


It’s Tight At The Top

With sixteen games played, we have now hit the halfway stage in the league. The top five run from Connah’s Quay Nomads who are on 33 points to Aberystwyth Town with 27, which in statistical terms means that 42% of the teams are separated by just six points.

It would have been even closer if Aberystwyth and Bala Town hadn’t yielded leads over the weekend that then resulted in draws for both teams. We could now be looking at four points dividing five clubs. It’s still very much game on as the league enters the second half.


Lead image: Action from the game. Credit: Brian Jones.


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