Cardiff Metropolitan 0-5 The New Saints
The New Saints’ Scorers: Alex Darlington 6’, 11’, Simon Spender 25’, Josh Barnett (og) 46’, Adrian Cieslewicz 62’
The New Saints took their A-game down to The Capital with them, that’s for sure, as Craig Harrison’s Dafabet Welsh Premier League Champions had Cardiff MET’s stopper Will Fuller picking the ball out of the back of the net almost half a dozen times.
A blistering start from Alex Darlington in the creative role for the visitors saw him net twice in 11 minutes to make him The New Saints’ top-scorer in The Dafabet Welsh Premier League this season with 15 goals, two ahead of Greg Draper on 13.
Fresh off the back of a couple of near misses last weekend against Colin Caton’s Bala Town, Simon Spender netted not long before the half-hour mark to make it 3-0 and the champions carried that lead into halftime with them.
It became 4-0 almost immediately as Josh Barnett turned the ball into his own net from close range before Adrian Cieslewicz got in on the act after around an hour of play making it 5-0 and Harrison’s side maintained their five-goal advantage until the full-time whistle to secure a brilliant win and leave The Students without a victory since the start of Phase Two.
Carmarthen Town 1-3 Gap Connah’s Quay
Carmarthen Town Scorer: Luke Cummings 54’
Gap Connah’s Quay Scorers: Ryan Wignall 26’, Kai Edwards 33’, Lewis Short 70’
There had only been two goals scored in the past three Dafabet Welsh Premier League meetings between these sides this season, so The Nomads’ Andy Morrison will undoubtedly be delighted with his side’s haul of three goals and – more importantly – three huge points in the race for European football after their hard-fought win in Carmarthenshire.
Ryan Wignall opened the scoring for the visitors after 26 minutes with a sublime backheel from a trademark Connah’s Quay long throw-in, before centre-back Kai Edwards double The Nomads’ advantage soon afterwards from a corner to make it 2-0.
The onslaught from Morrison’s side continued, but Mark Aizlewood’s men sensed the game was still there for them at 2-0 down as Declan Carroll led the charge to get his side a goal and put some real pressure on the visitors.
It wouldn’t drop for them in the first half, but it did not long into the second period as Luke Cummings halved the deficit less than ten minutes after the restart to put Connah’s Quay on the backfoot somewhat for a spell, but a spectacular assist from Les Davies found Lewis Short with 20 minutes to go and he did not miss, shooting low past Lee Idzi to make it 3-1 and ensure The Nomads took a very valuable three points with them on the long journey home to Deeside.
Airbus UK Broughton 4-2 Aberystwyth Town
The Hollingsworth Group Stadium
Airbus UK Broughton Scorers: Steve Tomassen 46’, Ryan J Edwards 37, 69’, Jonny Spittle 72’
Aberystwyth Town Scorers: Geoff Kellaway 10’, Mark Jones 22’
It’s not often we’ve said this so far this season, but what a perfect weekend for Airbus UK Broughton. Rhyl lost yesterday, and Aberystwyth were thumped today despite finding themselves in a commanding position against The WIngmakers early-on at the home of Andy Thomas’ side.
Is The Great Escape on? A gap that could well have been 13 points to safety after this weekend’s results now stands at seven – pending the overturning of an inferior Airbus goal difference – thanks to The Lilywhites falling to Druids yesterday and Aber’s collapse today.
It looked like another bleak day for The Wingmakers as Matthew Bishop’s Seasiders were leading by two goals after 22 minutes thanks to efforts from Geoff Kellaway and Mark Jones, as well as another assist from Phil Baker for Jones’ goal.
Chris Mullock dropped a catch in the 37th minute that a number of Airbus bodies charged down to before Ryan J Edwards prodded home for the first of The Wingmakers’ goals on the day, giving Andy Thomas’ side hope going into halftime.
That hope became something tangible immediately after the restart as Steve Tomassen equalised for the home side and set up an enthralling 45 minutes of football on Deeside. Mullock made a couple of big saves soon afterwards to keep the scores level, but it seemed the home side were destined to score again and they did so twice in double-quick time after 69 minutes as Ryan J Edwards and Jonny Spittle scored two in almost as many minutes to give The Wingmakers a 4-2 lead that Thomas’ side would see out to the final whistle for only their fifth win of the season!