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Nomads finish league campaign with meanest defence... again

Date Published: Monday, 30th April, 2018 - 9:39am

Connah's Quay Nomads have finished the past two seasons with the meanest defence in the JD Welsh Premier League, shipping just 53 goals in the two seasons combined.

The 2016-17 campaign saw The Nomads concede just 24 goals on their road to Europa League football, keeping 15 clean sheets in the process while the 2017-18 season, which culminated this past Friday night saw The Nomads keep a similarly impressive 13 clean sheets, conceding just 29 goals - three less than champions The New Saints.

To put that into context, The Nomads conceded just four goals more in two seasons than fourth placed Bala Town did in the 2017-18 campaign alone. A huge credit has to go to the defensive work in place at Connah's Quay Nomads through goalkeeper, John Danby, who was named in the 2016-17 team of the season, alongside Nomads Captain, George Horan. Additionally, the performances of Kai Edwards, Mike Pearson, Sean Smith, Jake Phillips, Joe Heath and The Nomads' most recent signing, Jonny Spittle have gone a long way towards those outstanding statistics.

Andy Morrison commented, saying; "It's no secret that I place great emphasis on the defensive side of the game and out defensive record shods that over two and a half seasons, we concede, on average, 0.7 goals per game. If you are the best in any are o the game, that will become your identity, but the most important statistic is your goal difference, and when the league table effectively finished for us on the 26th of April this year, we were second with the second best goal difference. Last season, the table showed TNS top, Nomads second, Bala third and Bangor fourth, and that was the exact order of the goal difference. So, whether you're a team who scores loads of goals, or a team with a great defensive record, the key to a team's success will always be the balance between the two."



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