— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) April 7, 2017
Substitution: Quigley for Draper
With the sun setting on a glorious spring day, TNS got the final Dafabet Welsh Premier League home game of the season underway, attacking the car park end. Playing gap Connah’s Quay for the seventh – and final – time this season, there was plenty at stake.
With the current champions looking to get as many points on the board as possible – not to mention the target of 100 league goals – plus The Nomads themselves in pursuit of second place, neither side had a laid back approach to the game. As expected, from a Harrison v Morrison clash, both teams were looking for nothing less than a victory.
With just a couple of minutes gone, TNS attacked down the right with Mullan, who looked a threat to the visitors’ defence every time he got the ball. On this occasion though nothing came of it, or the Marriott free-kick that followed shortly afterwards, which ended with Routledge shooting over.
Another ball in from the TNS left back, this time from open play and looking for Draper, was thwarted by Smith sticking out a foot to concede a corner.
The Nomads had chances of their own, and on 36 minutes Matty Owen from outside the box went for goal but his tame effort was straight at Harrison.
TNS’ response was to take the game to the visitors, as great work from Routledge almost found Edwards, who had penetrated the well-organised defence with an excellent run.
The Nomads were out of the traps early in the second period as Woolfe shot over from the left.
However, on 52 minutes it was TNS’ New Zealand international, Greg Draper, who broke the deadlock. Following a scramble in the box he poked the ball past Danby. 1-0
Both sides created chances as the game continued to be open-ended. Some great interaction between Draper and Routledge resulted in the latter forcing a tip-over from the Nomads’ keeper.
Late on in the game it was Paul Harrison’s turn to get a hand to a great effort. This time it was Matty Owen who prompted the reaction.
The win extends TNS’ lead at the top to 26 points, although Bala Town in second place do have a game in hand. The solitary goal puts the champions on 95 for the season so far. With just two matches to go – Bangor City and the aforementioned Bala Town – and both on the road, will the magical benchmark be reached?
Finally, it was great to have Paul and Ollie with us from Guinness World Records. They were at Park Hall to get some footage for the GWR Facebook account, as they went FB Live for twenty minutes or so prior to kick-off. There will be a separate piece over the weekend, so as they say, watch this space.
In the meantime, check out the video on the GWR Facebook (it’s on ours as well) or via the embedded tweet below.
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) April 7, 2017
|7th April 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2016 - 2017|
|The New Saints FC||5|
|Connah’s Quay Nomads||0|