It’s often said that it’s not how you start but rather it’s how you finish that counts. Well, although the JD Welsh Premier League hasn’t reached its conclusion just yet, last Saturday evening in south Wales saw The New Saints cross the finishing line and wrap up an eighth consecutive title in the process.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing though as there have been storms along the way. A 4-1 defeat at Cardiff Metropolitan University FC in September followed a 0-0 at Park Hall against Bala Town, meaning just one point in two games for the reigning champions.
Especially with the defeat in the capital, many were beginning to question whether the league trophy would still be in The New Saints’ possession come the end of the season.
As far as poor form is concerned though, things would go from bad to worse as the storm brewed and evolved into a hurricane. A 1-1 draw on October 27 at Latham Park kicked off a run of games that saw just six points on the board from as many league games.
Included in that spell was the Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final defeat on the road at Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC. Almost two calendar months passed before light appeared at the end of the tunnel; it was the 4-0 victory at Llandudno FC on December 22 that saw the tide finally turn.
From my personal perspective – and that of everyone else at the club – we knew full well that not only would there be a rainbow at the end of the storm but that there would also be a pot of gold waiting.
My own philosophy was that although we may have lost a few battles along the way, we would win the war, and that’s exactly what we did last Saturday at Jenner Park.
It’s not just football though, it’s a life principle. Sometimes we take a few steps back but as long as we cross the finishing line – and in the case of the beautiful game, first – that’s what counts.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS FC blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE