Five Talking Points – Bala Town 3 The New Saints FC 1

Dean Ebbe Opens The Scoring

In the starting line-up, Scott Ruscoe’s personnel change worked, as Dean Ebbe found the net to put The New Saints 1-0 up. With three quality strikers in the squad, and usually only one featuring in the opening XI, there is plenty of competition. Sadly for the visitors though, the opening goal was the peak as far as the rest of the game was concerned.


Greg Draper Denied By The Woodwork 

Just before Bala’s third goal, on the end of a Simon Spender cross, Greg Draper smashed the woodwork. If that goal had gone in then the score would have been 2-2. They’re all ifs, buts and maybes but football, as we know, is about tight margins.

Plus, as Lakesiders’ fans will remind us, they also did the same as well earlier in the game.


All Good Things Must Come To An End

After 273 days since The New Saints FC tasted domestic defeat, that run now comes to an end. The natural thing is to focus on the result at Maes Tegid, however it is also good to reflect on the fact that it has been a tremendous nine months for everyone involved with the club.


Bala Town

Although most people associated with TNS will be looking inward, let’s not forget our opponent. They started well and even when they went 1-0 down, they kept going and never gave up. You certainly can’t take anything away from the Lakesiders’ victory.

It is also the first ever league win for Bala Town against The New Saints. The only other competitive victory came in the JD Welsh Cup final in 2017. On that occasion, we went 1-0 up as well.


Support On The Road

It was nice to see a good turnout of TNS FC supporters. The fans’ initiatives, organised by Wayne Greenshields, are beginning to pay off and there is definitely a growing number of supporters at both Park Hall and on the road.

Thank you for following the club, your support is very much appreciated by everyone. We go again on Monday at Aberystwyth and we look forward to seeing you there.


Lead image: The players celebrate as Dean Ebbe opens the scoring, courtesy of Brian Jones.


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