The New Saints gunning for revenge and top spot

The New Saints face Connah’s Quay Nomads for the second time in as many weeks tomorrow with the JD Cymru Premier title race still very much alive.

A general view of a corner flag at Park Hall
A general view of a corner flag at Park Hall

After a 4-1 home defeat for Saints against Nomads last Saturday was followed by Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Caernarfon Town at Park Hall, there was a possibility that second-placed Saints may have found themselves five points adrift of the leaders going into tomorrow’s big clash.

But Connah’s Quay were unable to make the most of their chance to widen the gap between the top two when they were beaten 2-1 at third-placed Bala Town on Wednesday night.

That result means Saints are two points behind Nomads going into the final four matches of the season – with all to play for at the Deeside Stadium tomorrow (5.15pm).

“We’ll go there and try and get a result,” said TNS head coach Anthony Limbrick. “I think we owe it to the fans, owe it to the people here and all the people who work so hard at the club to get a result against them.

“There’s still possibilities of points dropped for both teams, so we’ll keep fighting and keep going right to the end and see where that takes us, and hopefully putting in a good performance first and foremost to make up for the Saturday before – and then we can hopefully get the win there.”

Saints met with frustration in midweek as they had to settle for a point from the home clash against Caernarfon.

“I think there’s no denying it was a disappointing result and it certainly was two points dropped,” said Limbrick.

“I think in a game where you dominate the play that much – you have so many chances and get the ball in the back of the net twice with two disallowed goals, you miss a penalty – we’d be expected to win.

“It certainly was two points dropped, there’s no hiding that factor, and it was disappointing, but probably for different reasons than the weekend.”

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