Five Talking Points – The New Saints FC 5 Llanelli Town AFC 0

Kurtis Byrne

The ex-Dundalk striker scored his first hat-trick for The New Saints, as the side ran out 5-0 winners. The variety of finishes highlights the richness of his repertoire, with the opener a well-taken goal from a Simon Spender assist, the second a header and the third a spectacular bicycle kick.

The Irishman made sure he took the match ball home with him as well, signed by his team mates.


Paul Harrison

Although football fans usually end up discussing strikers and goals, let’s not forget the man at the other end, TNS’ goalkeeper and captain, Paul Harrison.

With hardly anything to do during the game, the experienced pair of hands pulled off an incredible save in the second half. Spotting an opportunity, the Llanelli town player chipped the keeper from distance. It would have been a very impressive goal but H tipped it over in spectacular style.

If it had gone in it wouldn’t have affected the ultimate three points for The New Saints, however it did ensure that for the fifth game on the bounce the side registered another clean sheet.


Jack Bodenham

Having signed on loan from Cardiff City the day previously, the Wales U19 international made his debut for The New Saints in the 67th minute. With the team already 3-0 to the good, courtesy of Kurtis Byrne’s hat-trick, it was an ideal opportunity to bring the young defender on, as he replaced Blaine Hudson.

Following the game, we chatted with Jack for TNS TV, which was his second in as many days. We did promise him lots of interviews and we were certainly true to our word.


Goals, Goals And More Goals

We can’t stop scoring at the moment! The last five fixtures have produced a total of 23, which means we have found the net an average of 4.6 times per game. With the JD Welsh Premier League second phase up next, it’s a perfect confidence booster to take into the final ten matches.


It’s Still Tight At The Top

Although it’s as you were in terms of just two points separating the top three sides, there has been a shuffling of the clubs themselves. Following their shock 3-2 defeat at Richmond Park, Connah’s Quay Nomads are in third place with 45 points.

The New Saints FC is up to second with 46 but leading the way is Barry Town United on 47 points. Since the twelve-team format was introduced, the Linnets are just the third side to be at the top of the pile come the split, with Bangor City and TNS the other two.


Lead image: Brian Jones


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