Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Darlo warns Saints to heed midweek lesson

HEAD coach Carl Darlington has warned the The New Saints to heed the lessons of midweek and avoid complacency when they host Prestatyn Town at Park Hall on Friday (7.45).

The form of the two sides could hardly be more contrasting, with Prestatyn arriving on the back of six straight league defeats while the Saints have reeled off five straight wins to soar to the summit.
Victory tonight would take TNS five points clear at the top, with defending champions and main rivals Bangor City not in action until Saturday at home to Llanelli.
It's the ideal chance to turn up the pressure at the top, but Darlington warned of the pitfalls after seeing the title chasers given a scare by the Robins in the league cup semi-final first leg in midweek before eventually winning 3-2.
"That should serve as a warning that you cannot take any team for granted, top or bottom, and can't go into any game expecting to win," he said.
"Newtown came to us with nothing to lose, we controlled the first half and could have been three or four up at half time, but in the second half a bit of complacency crept in before we got the goal and the win that our performance deserved.
"Prestatyn will be no different, and it's important we learn the lessons of Tuesday night.
"The pressure's again on us, but there's great belief in this squad, and we want to keep that winning mentality."
It's been a busy spell for the Saints who are in the midst of three games in six days, and Darlington is not looking too far ahead despite the fact that three of the four remaining league games are at home.
"We're in a good position, but we were four points clear of Bangor with three games left last season and ended up losing the league, so there is still a long way to go," he added.
Saints wingman Craig Jones faces a fitness check on a hamstring injury while top scorer Greg Draper misses his third game due to international commitments with the New Zealand under-23s' Olympic squad.
Prestatyn, despite having qualified for the top six in the Championship Conference, have struggled in the second half of the season with a run of defeats, and have not won since November 27.
Photo: Nicky Ward celebrates after scoring the second goal against Prestatyn in a 2-1 win back in August.

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