Back to winning ways in style
Following back-to-back defeats in the JD Cymru Premier, it was business as we’ve come to expect this time round, as The New Saints returned to winning ways. Going into the game seven points behind Barry Town United, who led the way after MD9, anything but a win for Scott Ruscoe’s side would have been unthinkable.
With a host of clubs all battling away at the top, it was imperative that we ended the game with nothing less than three points. Not only did we do that but the performance also matched the result.
Up to second in the table, it’s very tight at the top
Although Barry Town United enjoy a four-point cushion at the top of the JD Cymru Premier, it’s still incredibly tight. The five teams below them are separated by just two points. Although some sides have a game in hand, the table also shows that The New Saints currently sits in second spot.
To highlight how close it really is, a defeat yesterday would have seen us in sixth place.
Greg Draper, goals and golden boots
In the starting line-up, Greg repaid Scott Ruscoe’s faith in him by scoring four goals. Doubling his JD Cymru Premier tally for the season, his eight puts him back in contention with Bala Town’s Chris Venables, who found the net once in his side’s 2-1 victory against Carmarthen Town.
After having secured the coveted award for the previous two seasons, not only will the popular striker be looking to getting more hat-tricks on the pitch but he’ll be striving to make it three awards off it as well.
For the third time this season, six goals or more in a game
Another six-of-the-best for The New Saints means that the side has found the net on at least half a dozen occasions in three out of the ten league matches so far. The game at Richmond Park was an identical scoreline, as Carmarthen Town were also beaten 6-2.
The result that stands out though is the 10-1 victory on the road against Aberystwyth Town in August.
Leading the way with goals scored
Not surprisingly, with 29 goals in 10 games, we are leading the way as far as that statistic is concerned. Bala Town, with 21 to their name, is the second-placed side, with four teams on 14.
The New Saints’ average of 2.9 goals per game is one that Scott Ruscoe will be looking to see extended. Although the targets haven’t been made public, there will be no doubt that the team has been set the challenge of going at least one better than the 99 last time round.