Three changes for today's game as Darlington, Edwards and Parry come in for Holland, Mullan, Spender. pic.twitter.com/vDkU7HXdgn
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) November 4, 2017
Yellow cards: Rawlinson (5), Seargeant (45), Holland (58)
Substitutions: Holland for Seargeant (52), Fletcher for Darlington (67), Mullan for Parry (79)
Going in to the game on a fourteen game unbeaten run in all competitions, The New Saints of Oswestry Town were firm favourites. However, a determined Barry Town United were the ones who collected the three points, courtesy of McLaggon’s seventh goal of the season.
As early as the 8th minute the reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions, attacking the stand end, had the ball in the net. Draper’s volleyed effort was disallowed though.
As the game approached the halfway stage of the first period, a ball played in by Parry was met by Rawlinson. His header crashed against the post as TNS were unable to break the deadlock.
The visitors almost snatched the lead themselves on 38 minutes as a corner was met by Sainty, whose header was just wide of Harrison’s right post.
Another headed attempt followed, this time from Leak at the other end, as the on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers defender found keeper Lewis denying him his first goal in green and white.
As the second period kicked off, Scott Ruscoe’s halftime talk appeared to be working as The New Saints created chances. A cross from the right was just in front of Draper while a Darlington shot was deflected for a corner.
It was the Linnets who were singing though on 51 minutes, as Barry-born striker McLaggon saw his shot go past Harrison and into the net.
Although TNS took the game to the visitors, with Brobbel, Draper and Routledge all shooting high, time began to run out. Edwards headed wide and some great defending in the box denied Rawlinson twice in quick succession following a corner.
Five minutes of added time gave hope to the home side but determined defending from Gavin Chesterfield’s side saw them doing the celebrating come the final whistle.
Photo album from the game HERE.
The New Saints are back in action next Sunday (November 12 2017) as Queen of the South are the visitors to Park Hall in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-final tie. Kick off is 2.45 pm.
|November 4, 2017||2:30 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|The New Saints FC||0|
|Barry Town United||1|