Draper Double In Deeside Draw – Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 TNS 2


Match Report

Goals: Draper (29, 43)

Substitutions: Brobbel for Seargeant (71), Darlington for Draper (87)

Yellow card: Routledge (70)

The New Saints of Oswestry Town took the lead twice at the Deeside Stadium, only for the home side to bounce back on both occasions to share the spoils come the final whistle.

On an evening where the windy conditions made it difficult, the home side had the first real opportunity when Wignall chipped Harrison, only for his effort to come off the bar.

Both sides looked to take the game to each other in the early stages, a pattern that continued throughout the ninety minutes.

Having established himself in the side since Steve Saunders’ injury, Blaine Hudson continues to stamp his authority at the heart of the defence. In the 18th minute though he was involved at the other end, as he surged into the Nomads’ box, winning a corner in the process.

The deadlock was broken just before the one-third stage, as Greg Draper rounded Danby in the box to slot home. 0-1

The lead lasted just two minutes though as the livewire, Mathias Bakare, showed why he has been signed on a professional contract, as great work down the right saw the ball delivered into the box.

Owen took full advantage of the opportunity, as he hit the ball into the net. 1-1

In the 34th minute, a tussle between Wignall and Rawlinson in the TNS penalty area saw the referee, Iwan Griffith, blow his whistle. Fortunately for the visitors, it was a free kick in their favour.

Five minutes on it was action at the other end, as Draper forced Danby into producing a great save. Diving to his left, the man in orange could only push the ball away. Unfortunately for TNS, it didn’t drop for the lurking Spender.

Two minutes before the break though, TNS’ New Zealand international beat the keeper for the second time. A poor clearance from Danby gifted Draper who, like the opener, rounded the stopper and slotted home. 1-2

Using the long-throw tactic to their advantage, the Nomads almost pulled back an early goal in the second period as Spender cleared from under the bar, at the expense of a corner.

Connah’s Quay were back on level terms though with fifty three minutes on the clock. The otherwise excellent Tom Holland lunged in the penalty area, as the man in the middle immediately blew his whistle and simultaneously pointed to the spot.

Stepping up to the mark – both literally and metaphorically – Callum Morris levelled the score. Although captain Harrison dived the right way – to his left – the well-taken penalty saw the ball smash into the back of the net. 2-2

Both sides continued to take the game to their opponents as they looked to snatch a win. Three points for either team would have seen them at the top of the table, but come the final whistle it was still Bangor City in pole position.

With the season now one-quarter of the way through, there are just two points separating the top four teams, indicating just how tight the campaign has been to date.

Following the final whistle, TNS TV interviewed manager, Scott Ruscoe, and for the second game on the bounce, Greg Draper. You can watch those via the embedded videos below,

The New Saints of Oswestry Town will be back in JD WPL action this coming Saturday (October 14 2017) as we welcome newly-promoted Prestatyn Town to Park Hall. The game has a 2.30 pm kick-off.

Featured photograph: Brian Jones. To view the gallery of shots from the game CLICK HERE





Date Time
10th October 2017 7:45 pm


Connah’s Quay Nomads2
The New Saints FC2

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
9Greg Draper Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward
23Aeron Edwards Midfielder