The New Saints FC
JD Welsh Cup
|06.03.18 | 7:45pm|
Tuesday night's game sees The Nomads face The New Saints in the JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final - the fourth successive season that the sides have met in the latter stages of the competition.
The previous three ocassions have seen TNS come out on top, winning 3-0, 5-0 and 1-0 respectively. Prior to that, there was a meeting between the two sides in the second round in the 2007/08 campaign, which saw The Nomads win on penalties before losing out in the following round to Guilsfield. Despite defeating The Nomads last season, TNS failed to complete their domesic treble as Bala Town overcame the odds in the final, winning 2-1 and picking up the silverware.
Last weekend here saw a dominant display from The Nomads but with The New Saints leaving Deeside with all three points after a clinical finish from Jon Routledge. There is no doubt that a quick revenge will be in the minds of The Nomads' players and staff and ahead of the game, Andy Morrison commented,
saying; "We have a fuly fit squad to pick from, so selection for today's game will be a difficult task. After back-to-back defeats, normally heads would be down but apart from the results, I couldn't be more pleased with the players and their performances against two very good teams in Bangor and TNS - we were unlucky not to win both, let alone lost both. Our preparation and application was perfect but as I said after the game, you need things to drop for you in those close games, and we have had nothing fall for us in the last two.
Tuesday's game has the added incentive of being a JD Welsh Cup quarter final - if you're going to win the Welsh Cup, there's a good chance you're going to face TNS somewhere along the way. Playing at home and also on the back of last week's performance, we know we go into this game as massive underdogs, but we're really positive and the player's can't wait for the game."
The Nomads will have a fully fit squad for Tuesday night's game while The New Saints will be without goalkeeper Paul Harrison who was sent off in the dying embers of the league game at Deeside Stadium recently.
Referee: Lee Evans
Assistant Referees: Lewiss Edwards and John Bryant
Fourth Official: Tom Williams