Nomads aim for midweek upset against TNS
Two of the Dafabet Welsh Premier League’s biggest teams meet on Tuesday evening, when gap Connah’s Quay host The New Saints at Deeside.
The game was originally scheduled to take place on 17/18 February, but TNS’ exploits in the Irn Bru Cup semi final meant the fixture was postponed.
It is a much anticipated clash, as a significant rivalry between gap and TNS has been brewing since Andy Morrison’s arrival at Connah’s Quay, which established Nomads as a potential threat to the Saints .
Manager Morrison is recognised for his ability to take points off The New Saints, having seen Airbus UK challenge TNS for the title during his tenure as assistant manager there. Last season his Nomads side beat The New Saints twice at home, and held them to a 0-0 draw at Park Hall.
But the Nomads have so far been unable to find their form against the Champions, losing 3-0 in both Phase One games as The New Saints stormed to 27 consecutive victories, setting a new world record.
TNS enter the game in typically good form, however Nomads may realise the last side to defeat the Saints was Carmarthen Town, who were beaten by Nomads 3-1 on the weekend.
Both teams will take no time to get to know each other, having met four times already this season due to a Nathaniel MG Cup semi final abandonment. They are set to meet another three times, facing each other in the JD Welsh Cup semi finals on April 1.
Whilst a cup final will be alluring to Nomads and defending Champions TNS, the prospect of three points will be Andy Morrison and Craig Harrison’s priority come kick off.
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