Friday, April 27, 2012

Harrison backs Saints to finish the job

DIRECTOR of football Craig Harrison is backing The New Saints to finish the job as they look to clinch the Welsh Premier crown on Saturday (3.30).

After losing out to Bangor on a dramatic last day 12 months ago, the two protagonists again come face to face in their quest to be crowned league top dogs, and with it earn their ticket for the lucrative Champions League.
Just as they did last term, the Saints have the edge as they are two points clear at the top, needing just a draw to secure the title.
This time, though, they have home advantage, and Harrison – who joined TNS midway through this season – believes they have what it takes to seal the championship.
"We've been on a great run in both the cup and league, which is a real credit to the hard work of the whole squad, and we can go into the game with confidence," he said.
"We have not talked too much about what happened last season, there is not much we can do about that, and our focus is on Saturday's game.
"I'm a great believer that you play the game and not the occasion and that will be the case on Saturday.
"We have prepared exactly the same as we have done for the last 11-12 weeks.
"I was not with the club last season but for those who were involved on the last day, hopefully they will use that experience, although not nice, in a positive way."
Defender Phil Baker is back to fitness following a groin injury, with striker Matty Williams the only absentee through his long term injury.
TNS ensured they stayed in the driving seat with last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Bala, described by Harrison as a “solid and professional performance."
He added: “It was important we did our job as I always felt it would come down to the last day as I couldn’t see Bangor slipping up as they are a resilient side.
“We need a point, while they have got to come here and win, but we won't be sitting back, we want to win the game ourselves.”

The first game at Park Hall

Stadium details

PARK HALL
Burma Road
Oswestry SY11 4AS
Tel: 01691 684840
GETTING THERE
By road
Leave the A5 at the junction with the A495 Whittington Road. Burma Road is the first major turning on the left and is signposted Park Hall. The ground is another 400 yards on your right.
GPS
Enter postcode SY11 4AS
By rail
Nearest station is Gobowen (2 miles).
By bus
Service from Oswestry.

Bygone days


Park Hall as it was when Oswestry Town played there.

Highest attendances

The record Welsh Premier attendance at a TNS game was 1,468 for the title decider against Bangor City on 21 April 2012.
The biggest crowd at Treflan, Llansantffraid was 1,042 v Rhyl on 23 January 2005.