A formidable opponent
Going into the fixture, Connah’s Quay Nomads had lost just once all season in domestic competitions. They certainly didn’t come to sit back, because from the off, they took the game to The New Saints.
They even had the ball in the net in the early stages but it was disallowed for a foul. The opening exchanges were frantic, as both sides looked to establish a hold on the game. It was the visitors though who did so, when with a quarter of an hour gone, Mike Wilde’s header, as he met a cross from the left, broke the deadlock.
The second name on the score sheet was also a Nomad
With another goal before the break, it was again the visitors who found the net. This time though, it was an own goal, as Callum Morris converted a cross from the TNS right past Lewis Brass, as the reigning champions found their way back into the game.
He doesn’t score many, but his 69th minute deflected effort proved to be the winner, as the reigning champions took all three points with a 2-1 victory.
The veteran full-back, who is now in his 30s, continues to prove that age is just a number when it comes to performing on the football field.
Strength in depth
It’s not just about the eleven on the pitch each week but the squad, and again, The New Saints proved that there is real strength in depth. With two key players missing due to suspension – Ryan Brobbel and Keston Davies – there wasn’t any dilution in fluidity or flow, as Jamie Mullan and Chris Marriott stepped in and did superb jobs.
We often ask Scott Ruscoe about his team selection headaches and this proves just how difficult it must be at times for the manager. It’s not so much who do you pick but rather who do you leave out.
Top of the table
Going into the game, a win for Connah’s Quay would have seen them in pole position, as we wrapped up the first phase of the JD Cymru Premier 2019/2020 season. However, the 2-1 victory means that The New Saints not only continues to lead the way but does so with a four-point advantage.
There’s still a long way to go, of course, as there are thirty points up for grabs, but nevertheless at this moment in time, Scott Ruscoe will be the more satisfied of the two managers with how the table looks.
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones.