The Incentive Was Crystal Clear
In numerous pre-match interviews with Scott Ruscoe of late, we have talked about incentives. ‘Win the game and we go one point clear’, or something similar. However, this time round the carrot that was dangling before the side as they prepared to take to the Jenner Park pitch was much more significant.
Win the game and we win the league.
Another Goal For Greg Draper As He Looks To Retain The Golden Boot
The current – and looking to retain it as well this time round – JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) Golden Boot got The New Saints off to a perfect start as he opened the scoring in the seventh minute.
Including the Barry Town United win, three consecutive league games on the bounce have seen 17 goals scored with none conceded, as the team continues to find the net at one end and keep them out at the other.
The Statistics Never Lie
They say that the camera never lies (and we use that saying for one of our regular post-match features) but neither do the JD WPL statistics. Let them speak for themselves, no other words are needed.
Played 30. Won 21. Scored 95. Conceded 15. Clean sheets 19.
Eight JD Welsh Premier League Titles On The Bounce
The final whistle saw the JD WPL trophy continue to reside at Park Hall for another season, as the domestic dominance continues. Going into the final two games against Caernarfon Town and Connnah’s Quay Nomads, The New Saints have a lead of seven points at the top of the table.
One thing is for sure, although we can expect to see some change in the starting line-up, as Scott Ruscoe gives minutes to those who perhaps haven’t featured much in recent games, there will be no taking the foot off the pedal.
It’s Not Over Yet
Although the title has been secured with two games to go, the season is far from over. As well as the aforementioned league games, the 2018/2019 grand finale is the JD Welsh Cup final against Connah’s Quay Nomads.
The last five league titles for The New Saints have also been accompanied by at least one other trophy. In fact, the team has achieved two trebles and three doubles during that time and we have to go back to 2012/2013 when the club last lifted the league trophy only.
No pressure, Scott!
Lead image: Brian Jones.