Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saints' boss wary of Stebonheath backlash

SAINTS' first team boss Carl Darlington is wary of a backlash from bruised Llanelli in the live TV showdown at Stebonheath Park tomorrow.

The Reds saw their title ambitions receive a massive dent when they conceded a last-minute goal to Welsh Premier leaders Bangor City last Saturday and Darlington is expecting a reaction from Andy Legg's men.
"It's a massive game for both sides as every point counts," he says.
"We know it's going to be a difficult game, Llanelli really need to win after losing to Bangor last week.
"They've got a heck of a lot to play for an we won't be taking them lightly."
The New Saints won their previous visit to the venue in September thanks to a Greg Draper goal and the management will be happy with a repeat of that result and the performance that saw the side brush aside Prestatyn 4-0 at Bastion Gardens in their last league outing.
A selection dilemma concerns whether to reinstate Steve Evans, who was dropped from the centre of defence for that game.
Connell Rawlinson acquitted himself well but whoever wins the berth will be given a stiff test by leading league marksman Rhys Griffiths.
Photo: Greg Draper celebrates the TNS winner at Llanelli in September.

Shoot-out woe

Wrexham v TNS
The Saints suffered the agony of a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground in the 2006 semi-final.
TNS twice led the League Two outfit in normal time and again the shoot-out, before goalkeeper Gerard Doherty (above consoled by Chris King) missed the vital spot kick.

Ninian joy

Cardiff City v TNS
TNS beat Cardiff City 1-0 at Ninian Park on their way to the 2007 final success. John Leah is pictured celebrating with Jamie Wood.