Twelve goals and new records
The obvious topic for discussion is the number of goals scored. As far as top flight Welsh football is concerned, a new record for an away win was set and the highest win overall was equalled. The latter is now shared with Barry Town (as they were then), who beat Cemaes Bay 12-0 in 1998.
His four goals saw him register his first hat-trick (or more) since signing for The New Saints in the summer of 2014. Although there were a number of contenders for the post-match player interview, Ciss stood out from the crowd, and we chatted with him in a corridor off the main tunnel area.
The New Zealand international features in the talking points more than any other player – and for good reason. Coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half, by the 69th minute, Greg had scored another hat-trick in his TNS career.
He’s also back on level terms with Bala Town’s Chris Venables, as he chases his third consecutive JD Cymru Premier Golden Boot. Both players have found the league net on thirteen occasions so far this season, although Greg has scored every 53 minutes, while Venables has played 103 for each of his goals.
Six players finding the net
With half a dozen different players ending up on the score sheet, it is another example of the fact that goals can come anywhere throughout the team. From defender, Blaine Hudson, to strikers, Kurtis Byrne and Greg Draper, there are numerous potential goalscorers in the side.
With Ryan Brobbel, Adrian Cieslewicz and Aeron Edwards joining the above trio, it’s another impressive talking point.
A clean sheet
With focus on the goals, let’s not forget the clean sheet. It was just the fourth registered so far in the JD Cymru Premier but with three of them coming in the last four games, that’s an important point to bear in mind. It means that the side has conceded just once in 360 minutes of top flight football (not including added time, of course).
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones.