With no game for The New Saints FC this weekend – it’s the Nathaniel MG Cup final between Connah’s Quay Nomads and STM Sports – in this article we’re going to take a look at our JD Cymru Premier season so far. We completed the first phase of games in pole position, with a four-point lead over the aforementioned Nomads.
With The New Saints having hit the half-century of points, Connah’s Quay find themselves on forty-six, while third-placed Bala Town has a figure of forty-one next to their name.
Having won sixteen of the twenty-two games to date, TNS FC has a significant edge as far as the taste for victory is concerned. Connah’s Quay and Bala have thirteen wins each, while the only other teams in double-figures are Barry Town United (12) and Caernarfon Town (10).
Although the second-best statistic as far as defeats is concerned – The New Saints has been beaten on four occasions – it’s Andy Morrison’s side who lead the way there, with just two point-less games so far. When you consider that they are still unbeaten in both domestic cup competitions, that’s impressive indeed.
Not just the wins, but also the low number of draws, has helped ensure that the reigning champions lead the way at the top of the table. With just two fixtures in which points have been shared, that’s the same as Bala Town. Connah’s Quay’s seven draws is the joint highest in the league, a statistic that they share with Cardiff Metropolitan University FC.
With sixty-five goals from the twenty-two games so far, that is another figure that TNS leads the way with. Not quite three goals per ninety minutes, it’s very close indeed, as the 2.95 average shows.
Of the goals scored, Greg Draper is the leading marksman for The New Saints, with eighteen. On level pegging with the Lakesiders’ Chris Venables, Greg has scored 27.69% of TNS’ league goals so far in 2019/2020.
As far as the other end of the pitch is concerned, it’s the second and third-placed teams who have conceded less goals – Connah’s Quay with seventeen and Bala Town on eighteen – although the leaders’ twenty-one means that it’s still an average of less than one goal per game. In fact, 0.95 to be precise.
Lead image: Greg Draper and Simon Spender celebrate a goal at the Cefn Druids away game over the festive period just gone. Photograph courtesy of Brian Jones.