Kurtis Byrne, Off To A Perfect Start
With another four-figure crowd behind the home side, The New Saints got off to the perfect start in the opening exchanges, as Kurtis Byrne got on the end of a ball from Jamie Mullan to slot home. The well-executed finish, in the fourth minute, was the ideal way to silence what is a very passionate crowd and very much the twelfth man.
Since establishing himself in the starting line-up against Barry Town United, Kurtis has yet to taste defeat as a TNS FC player and not just his goals but his work rate have contributed immensely to the cause.
Jon Routledge Creates A Half-Time Cushion
Talking of goals, another name on the score sheet was Jon Routledge. If Kurtis got us off to the ideal start, Jon’s quality goal towards the end of the half saw the visitors establish a comfortable cushion come the break.
Good insight from Adrian Cieslewicz down the left saw the incoming Routledge unleash his shot that went through the crowded penalty area and into the back of the net.
Greg Draper, The Statistics Never Lie
Three goals and three different names for both the goals themselves and the assists, as two substitutes combined for the third and final one, as Billy Whitehouse found Greg Draper, who made no mistake as he notched number 18 in the league.
The tweet that we posted today needs no further explanation.
Incredible statistics, as we look at the top three JD WPL leading scorers.
1️⃣8️⃣ Greg Draper (TNS FC)
3️⃣9️⃣ minutes per goal
1️⃣7️⃣ Steven Tames (Bala Town)
1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ minutes per goal
1️⃣7️⃣ Liam Thomas (Carmarthen)
1️⃣3️⃣8️⃣ minutes per goal
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) February 26, 2019
Paul Harrison, Captain Fantastic
On our last visit to The Oval – which incidentally was also a 3-0 win – TNS’ goalkeeper and captain, Paul Harrison, pulled off some amazing saves that stemmed the early tide as Caernarfon Town took the game to the visitors.
This time round, although he was largely inactive for periods of the match, when called upon he was more than ready for the job in hand. One after the other, two excellent efforts from The Canaries at a key time in the game were met with equally impressive stops from TNS’ number one.
Back On Top Of The Pile
It’s been a long time – last October to be precise – since Scott Ruscoe’s side sat at the head of the table. The three points ensured that we moved above Connah’s Quay Nomads by one point and equally importantly, with the same number of games played means that the title race sees the reigning champions in pole position.
That may change after this evening (Tuesday, February 26) as Bala Town visit the Deeside Stadium, but nevertheless, whatever the result, as it stands at the moment, the title is TNS’ to lose.