It was great to see the tough-tackling midfielder not only make the squad but also the starting line-up. Tom slotted into the side as if he’d never been away, and with eight massive league games to come, his arrival will be a big plus to the club, as we look to make it nine titles on the bounce.
With no Greg Draper on the pitch at the time, when we were awarded a penalty in the second-half, up stepped the Northern Ireland U-21 international. Beating Josh Tibbetts, The New Saints took advantage of the lifeline that was offered.
Brobz has scored some key goals during his time with the club and this was another one. Unfortunately though, we weren’t able to push on, and the game ended 1-1.
With the match live on S4C’s Sgorio, Marriott was awarded the Man Of The Match. The versatile veteran looks as comfortable at the heart of the defence as he does in his more familiar left-back position. One of the most consistent players in recent seasons, while those at the back don’t always get the same recognition as the midfielders and strikers, it was good to see the captain’s contribution recognised.
With TNS FC media in the same press box as Sgorio, we had the benefit of additional information that we wouldn’t normally have access to. At one stage in the first period, The New Saints had a 72% possession statistic. Unfortunately though, the dominance wasn’t converted into goals.
Still in our own hands
The two dropped points, combined with Connah’s Quay Nomads’ 4-0 victory against Caernarfon Town, means that it’s Andy Morrison’s side that currently sits in the driving seat at the top of the table.
However, the lead of just one point means that with two games still to go between the teams, the title is still very much in our own hands.
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones. MOTM, Chris Marriott, in action.