Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Carmarthen Town, in our regular feature we look back to the last time that the sides encountered one another. Although The New Saints had enjoyed a convincing 5-0 victory at Bastion Gardens against Prestatyn Town in the Nathaniel MG Cup a few days earlier, thoughts were very much on the previous weekend’s league game.
The 4-1 defeat on the road at Cardiff Metropolitan University FC meant that the pressure was on the reigning champions to respond.
Although The New Saints had the upper hand in the first half of the October 2018 game at Richmond Park, the sides went into the dressing room goalless at the break.
However, within four minutes of the second period, Jamie Mullan fired the visitors into the lead with a close-range volley.
Minutes after a great save from Paul Harrison to deny the Old Gold an equaliser, Greg Draper collected a loose ball in the middle of the park as he raced through to beat Lee Idzi in the Carmarthen goal, with a quarter of an hour to go.
On as a substitute with eleven minutes remaining, a stoppage time strike from Kurtis Byrne sealed a comfortable win for Scott Ruscoe’s side.
The three points ensured that The New Saints went back to the head of the then JD Welsh Premier League, although it continued to remain tight at the top, with several sides at that time attempting to stake a claim on the title.
Lead image courtesy of JD Cymru Premier.