Five Talking Points – The New Saints FC 1 Connah’s Quay Nomads 0

Greg Draper, Golden Boot

With just the one goal separating the sides come the final whistle, the single strike from Greg Draper meant that he ended the season on 27 JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) goals, thus ensuring that he retained the coveted Golden Boot award.

It’s an incredible achievement regardless, especially so though when you take into account the goals scored /minutes spent on the pitch ratio. Congratulations, Greg.


Twelve Point Margin 

When you consider that we were in second and third place for much of the season, it’s impressive indeed that, come the final whistle of the campaign, we ended up winning the league by twelve points.

Many wrote off TNS’s chances of securing an eighth consecutive title during the course of 2018/19, especially when we went on a six-match game that resulted in the same number of points. However, for those of us that are on this side of the fence, we never doubted.


Sixteen Goals Conceded, Twenty Clean Sheets

Ending the season with a clean sheet ensured another amazing statistic was recorded, as the 32 games played during 2018/19 saw the defence beaten just 16 times. With twenty clean sheets, it’s been a great campaign for the side as a whole but especially so for the defence.


Ninety Nine Goals 

The team went into the game knowing that two goals would see them reach the 100 mark. However, it was just the one in the end, that saw the net found on 99 occasions during the season.

Although it would have been nice to have hit the century, nevertheless the most important thing was the three points.


The Staff

It’s been another successful season, as we have lifted the JD WPL trophy for the eighth year on the bounce. The focus is on the players, of course, but let’s not forget the contribution that our staff have made.

In alphabetical order, a massive well done to Steve Evans, Ed Harper, Dr. Brian Johnson, Joe Newton, Wayne Peter, Scott Ruscoe, Paul Whitfield and Jacob Williams.


The lead image features action from the game. Credit: Brian Jones.



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