All good things must come to an end
Although disappointment would be the overriding factor for many, nevertheless let’s look at the big picture. It’s the first home defeat in the league since November 9, 2018, when Caernarfon Town left Park Hall with a 1-0 win and the three points. That was a run of 323 days. That’s impressive and although as they say, all good things must come to an end, it’s important to recognise that achievement.
Usually when we’re talking about the exploits of a ‘keeper, it’s Paul Harrison that we are referring to. However, on this occasion it’s his opposite number, as the young on-loan Cardiff City player pulled off two exceptional saves during the game. You can’t make excuses with ifs, buts and maybes but nevertheless just for those two saves alone, the complexion of the game would have been different, had the attempts gone in.
Still in second place
Although Cardiff Metropolitan University FC can leapfrog The New Saints, as they have a game in hand, as we hit the one-quarter stage of the season, the reigning JD Cymru champions are still at the right end of the table. However, they’re all big games coming up, including the visit to The Oval this coming Friday (October 4).
Known for tight defences (just 16 conceded in the whole of the 2018/2019 league season), the defeat against Barry Town United means that the TNS FC defence has been beaten on ten occasions already this season. If that statistic were to continue, it would mean 40 goals conceded by the end of the season.
However, with 23 scored, the side is still ahead on that statistic, with Bala Town in second, having found the net on 16 occasions. If The New Saints continued that run of goal form then come the final whistle of the 2019/2020 campaign, the table would show a figure of 92 scored.
Lead image, courtesy of Brian Jones.