Groundhog Day As The Saints Are Back On Track – Bala Town 0 The New Saints FC 3


Match Report

Goals: Marriott (55), Brobbel (56), Fletcher (90+1)

Substitutions: Fletcher for Draper (81), Pryce for Marriott (82), Darlington for Edwards (84)



Bala Town 0 The New Saints of Oswestry Town 3

Having suffered defeats by more than one goal just twice domestically so far this season – Bangor City 5-2 and Newton AFC 4-2 – on both occasions the next fixture was against Bala Town. A tough challenge following the opening day reversal against the Citizens, nevertheless after a goalless first half TNS ran out 3-0 winners in the end.

The groundhog day effect continued for the first game of 2018, with no goals in the first period at Maes Tegid followed by three in the second forty five, as once more the final scoreline read 3-0 to The New Saints.

In a fixture that was originally postponed due to the four inches of snow that covered the pitch, this time round the weather was again dominating the conversation. With extremely wet and windy conditions, the first half especially proved to be very difficult for both sides.

Brobbel’s run down the left in the opening minutes saw the ball in cleared by Horwood, as the visitors tried to stamp their authority on the game. Chances proved to be few and far between though, as without a doubt, mother nature proved to be the dominant factor.

The best chances of the half came later on with a ball in from Marriott down the left, in the 43rd minute, resulting in first of all the bar denying TNS the lead, followed by the resultant rebound blasted over, as Draper and Hudson respectively were in the thick of the action.

Just one minute later, it was Harrison’s turn to be involved as he tipped the ball over for a corner. In the dying seconds of normal time, Greg Draper had the best chance of the half, as a ball from Routledge looked to be a certain goal. However, a tremendous interception from Stuart Jones denied the JD Welsh Premier League’s leading goalscorer from increasing his tally.

With the second half just ten minutes old though the deadlock was finally broken, as a shot from Brobbel deflected off Marriott on the way through, as it ended up in the back of the net.

Just one minute later, this time the ex-Middlesbrough man got his name on the scoresheet direct from a free-kick. Although faced by a formidable wall, Brobbel executed his shot perfectly. To Morris’ left, the ball was beyond his reach as the reigning JD WPL champions doubled their lead.

The Lakesiders’ keeper pulled off a great save from the in-form Brobbel in the 74th minute, as he pushed behind for a corner.

The New Saints continued to create chances, with a Hudson header hitting the outside roof of the net among the opportunities. Following his wonder-strike on Boxing Day at Latham Park, the towering centre half played with the confidence that those type of goals bring.

It was in added time though that the visitors got their third, as a long ball played through bounced off the head of unaware Jamie Mullan, caught out by the wind as the winger raced through. Dropping to substitute Wes Fletcher, he put the ball away to wrap up a comfortable victory for TNS.


Photograph gallery from the game Credit: Brian Jones



Date Time League Season
2nd January 2018 7:45 pm JD Cymru Premier 2017 - 2018


Maes Tegid
1 Maes Tegid, Bala LL23 7BF, UK


Bala Town0
The New Saints FC3

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender Defender
3Chris Marriott 26 Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel Midfielder
9Greg Draper 10 Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward