The New Saints FC
JD Welsh Premier League
|20.10.18 | 7:30pm|
Saturday evening will see the top two teams in the JD Welsh Premier League meet as Connah's Quay Nomads travel to Park Hall to take on second-placed TNS.
The two sides met earlier in the season with The Nomads coming out 1-0 winners at Deeside Stadium thanks to an Andy Owens goal in just the second fixture of the league campaign. Since then, The Nomads have gone on to win six more games and currently sit atop the league with current league champions TNS sitting just two points behind in second place.
The Nomads come into the game in fine spirits having won the last seven games consecutively, including a 2-0 victory over Irish side Coleraine in the Irn Bru Cup, booking a fixture with Queen's Park at Hampden Park. It was Queen's Park who incidentally knocked TNS out of the Irn Bru Cup in early September, so The Nomads will be looking to go one better than Scott Ruscoe's side in overcoming The Spiders.
TNS will also be feeling confident however, having won their last three matches against Prestatyn Town, Carmarthen Town and Llandudno following a surprise 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Met in late September.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said;
"We can't wait for Saturday night to play TNS live on S4C. Tuesday's result and performance was very pleasing and anything other than a win would have been an injustice as we dominated from start to finish - it was a game which set us up very nicely for our visit to the champions.
We go there in great form and great spirit. Having watched their mid-week game against Llandudno it's going to be a great challenge - TNS looked back to their best and we will have to be spot on to get the result that we are going there to get."
Friday afternoon also saw some additional spice thrown into the mix as The Nomads announced the arrival of former TNS manager, Craig Harrison - a club with which he won the Welsh Premier League title on six ocassions. Harrison joins The Nomads management team following the recent departure of Neil Gibson and when asked about Harrison's arrival, Andy Morrison added;
"Once I knew Craig was interested in the role vacated by Gibbo, I was in no doubt that he would be a great addition to the club. Craig is very profesisonal, driven and ambitious to get to the very top in the game. I'd like to thank both our Owner and our Chairman for backing my decision to make the appointment happen."
The game kicks off at Park Hall Stadium at 7:30pm and is live on S4C's Sgorio with coverage starting at 7:20pm.