Prior to kick-off, Brobz was presented with a Northern Ireland U21 international cap by our chairman, Mike Harris. With another TNS FC hat-trick to his name, he went on to ensure that the festivities continued for both himself and the reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions.
This was the second time that he has scored three this season, following the Llandudno FC game in October. On that occasion, Greg Draper also scored a hat-trick, as the side won 6-1.
Almost joining Brobbel in the hat-trick hero headlines this time round was the Irish striker. However, Byrne had to settle for a brace, before being substituted in the 75th minute by fellow countryman, Dean Ebbe.
Finding himself in the starting line-up in recent games, the ex-Dundalk striker has made an impact, not only in goals scored but also contribution. With three top quality strikers at his disposal, and all doing what is asked of them when called upon, Scott Ruscoe has a pleasant managerial headache when it comes to picking the team.
Although no player wants the title, for the simple reason that they all want to be in the starting line-up, nevertheless the term super sub is one that comes to mind at the moment. The first of three changes for The New Saints, the New Zealand international replaced Aeron Edwards in the 65th minute.
His goal, in added time, was the seventh and final one as he wrapped up the scoring for the champions. It’s also the second game on the bounce that Greg has scored in after coming on from the bench.
Added to the four scored at Llandudno FC in the previous game, that’s eleven in less than a week for The New Saints. It’s also encouraging to see the goals spread across the team, as both games ended with four different names on the score sheet.
As we hit MD19 in the JD Welsh Premier League, The New Saints is the first team to make the half century of goals. With 51 so far, the nearest challenger on that front is Connah’s Quay Nomads, with 47 scored.
Another Clean Sheet
The tightest defence in the league continued to add to the positive figures with another clean sheet recorded. With just two goals (from five games) conceded in December, that’s one statistic that everyone associated with the team can rightfully be proud of.
Having been breached just 12 times in 19 games, it’s Connah’s Quay Nomads on 18 who are next in line as far as goals conceded is concerned.