Five Talking Points – The New Saints FC 5 Newtown AFC 0

Goals, Goals And More Goals 

Starting with the 4-0 victory at Llandudno FC on December 22, 2018, the goal gods have certainly turned the tap on full as far as The New Saints is concerned.

Six games have produced a total of 28 goals, which means that we have found the net an average of 4.66 times per game. As with the victory against the Robins, with four different names on the score sheet,  the goals have been shared throughout the side.

Goals are coming right through the team, which makes it even harder for the opposition to stop. Who do you mark? The answer to that must be everyone.

 

Clean Sheets, Clean Sheets And More Clean Sheets

As impressive as the performance is at one end, equally so are the statistics at the other. The six games that we referred to above have resulted in as many clean sheets.

Although, as with scoring goals it’s a team effort, nevertheless acknowledgement must be given to the defence. Let’s not forget our new goalkeeping coach as well. Talking of which, there will be an interview shortly with Paul Whitfield, so as they say, watch this space.

 

Jack Bodenham 

He signed on loan, he came off the bench, he made his full debut and now he’s scored his first goal for The New Saints FC. It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Cardiff City youngster and it’s hardly surprising that he’s been our most interviewed player of late.

Watching Jack in action, it’s as if he has always been part of the back four, as he has slotted in so well and looks extremely comfortable.

Following in Ben Cabango’s footsteps he had big boots to fill but he has more than matched his predecessor. Talking of Ben, massive congratulations to him for the new contract signed with Swansea City, which keeps him at the Liberty Stadium until 2021.

 

Billy Whitehouse

We don’t sign many (just two in the transfer window) but when we do they are good, and coming off the bench in the second half, Billy gave us all a glimpse of what he will be bringing to the table once he settles in and gets going properly.

Joining the squad just last week, the ex-Leeds United winger has bonded well and slotted in nicely. As Scott Ruscoe will often imply when we talk about incoming players, it’s not just what they do on the pitch but who they are off it. Billy ticks both boxes.

 

Greg Draper

It was either Greg or Ryan Brobbel who was going to be a talking point this week, but with Brobz having featured recently, we opted for the New Zealand international.

No player wants the title ‘Super Sub’, purely and simply because they want to be in the starting line-up and not on the bench, but that’s exactly what Greg has become.

Another two goals sees him level at the top of the JD Welsh Premier League table with Bala Town’s Steven Tames. Greg to retain the Golden Boot come the end of the season? Don’t bet against it, he’s looking sharper than ever and the competition is so intense amongst the strikers that Dean Ebbe didn’t even get on the pitch against Newtown.

 

 

Lead image: Greg Draper, captured by Brian Jones.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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