The New Saints 6-0 Aberystwyth Town
TNS scorers: Aeron Edwards 15’, 37’, 85’, Simon Spender 33’, Jamie Mullan 43’, Adrian Cieslewicz 64’
The champions bounced back perfectly from their Irn Bru Scottish Cup exit over the weekend with an emphatic victory over Nev Powell’s Seasiders at Park Hall.
A 6-0 win – including a hat-trick from Aeron Edwards, and goals from Jamie Mullan, Adrian Cieslewicz and Simon Spender – means Scott Ruscoe’s side remain top of the JD Welsh Premier League ahead of Friday’s trip to Llanelli Town.
It wasn’t long before The New Saints had the lead in this fixture, when a well-timed ball from Dean Ebbe allowed Edwards in behind the defence, where he made no mistake, putting his side 1-0 ahead with 15 gone.
1-0 became 4-0 before the end of the half as Edwards bagged his second, with Spender and Mullan also getting in on the action.
Joe Phillips was at the heart of what attacking opportunities the Seasiders could muster, but it was far from Aberystwyth’s best night in Oswestry, as The New Saints only extended their lead in the second half as Cieslewicz bagged a goal and Edwards rounded out his hat-trick.
A very busy few days concludes for The New Saints on Friday as they face Llanelli Town in league action, but Ruscoe’s side will be brimmed with confidence after such a commanding performance to bounce back from their weekend disappointment.
Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-1 Caernarfon Town
The Deeside Stadium
Caernarfon Town scorer: Jamie Breese 45+1’
In stark contrast to The New Saints, Connah’s Quay Nomads will have been overjoyed with their victory on the weekend against Scottish Championship side Falkirk, but their bubble was burst on Tuesday night as Caernarfon Town masterminded what will surely be a famous victory for the Cofis over Andy Morrison’s side.
The Nomads, fresh off the back of making history on the weekend, were facing a well-rested Caernarfon Town side who hadn’t played a fixture for nearly two weeks, but even so the home side were very strong in their performance and just lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, as key moments and chances seemed to fall away from the Deeside outfit at the last moment.
The Cofis were excellent, difficult to break down and very well-drilled, and they got the reward for their performance on the stroke of halftime as Jamie Breese burst through on goal and beat John Danby following a lung-busting run to make it 0-1 going into the break.
The Nomads battled hard in the second half to get back on level terms, but Caernarfon would not yield and withstood everything the home side threw at them, even a glorious chance for John Disney very late in the game that would have set up a very tense closure to the match, but 0-1 it stayed and Caernarfon went level on points with the Nomads.
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