Just 1-0 but still three points
Following the 12-0 win at Airbus UK Broughton just three days before, many in the football world were wondering if there would be a similar scoreline against Carmarthen Town. After all, not only would our confidence be sky-high, but the Old Gold are rooted at the bottom of the table, with just one league victory so far this season.
In the end it was just the one goal that divided the teams come the final whistle. However, whether you score a dozen or you find the net once, it’s still three points.
Top of the table at the halfway stage
Although this was MD14 due to the original game being called off courtesy of heavy snowfall on the day, it was actually our 16th league game of the season. The win meant that we swapped places with Connah’s Quay Nomads, and at the halfway point, lead the way.
Nothing is won in December but nevertheless it’s good to be back at the top of the pile. Coincidentally, the last time we were there also followed a game against Carmarthen Town, when the 6-2 victory in September at Richmond Park saw us in pole position.
On that occasion, a 1-0 win for Barry Town United the next day against Cefn Druids meant that the stay was short-lived.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man
An inspired substitution by Scott Ruscoe saw Kurtis Byrne fire home in the 87th minute. With The New Saints piling on the pressure, the visitors, courtesy of some determined defending, were holding out. Then an effort from Ryan Brobbel that hit the post, saw Byrne first to the rebound, as he knocked it over the line.
Kurtis has proved during his time with the club that he has an eye for goal and the variety of his conversions show the versatility of the Irish striker. Whether long-range efforts or ones from closer to home, they all count, and as far as this one is concerned it ranks up there in terms of importance.
Another clean sheet
Although we talk about goals for obvious reasons, let’s not forget what goes on at the other end. This was our fourth clean sheet in five games. The 1-1 draw at Connah’s Quay Nomads last month means that we have conceded just once in 450 minutes of football – not including added time!
The JD Cymru Premier’s in-form side
With 13 points from 5 games we lead the way in current form. Both Bala Town and Cefn Druids have 12 points, while Connah’s Nomads, although they remain unbeaten so far this season, have picked up 9.
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones.