TNS set to clinch title tonight; Sam Finley hoping for Football League break; Luke Bowen makes Old Gold exit

In the week TNS can wrap up the league title, star midfielder Sam Finley is hoping for his break in the Football League. In South Wales, Luke Bowen and Carmarthen Town have unexpectedly parted ways.

The New Saints can all but seal their third-Welsh Premier League title in a row providing they can overcome Newtown at Park Hall this evening.

A win would put the Saints nine points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference, over Airbus who have just three games remaining. Anything other than an Airbus victory when the two sides meet in two weeks would officially bring the title race to a formal conclusion.

Going back to tonight’s game against Newtown, it’ll be interesting to see how TNS line-up with a Welsh Cup semi-final against Bala approaching this Saturday. TNS have a growing list of absentees with Alex Darlington and Ryan Fraughan heading the list of names on Craig Harrison’s injury list and the Saints boss could be tempted to reshuffle his side.

SAM FINLEY IN DEMAND
One definite absentee is Sam Finely, who serves the final game of his three-match suspension but more interestingly is the news that the midfield maestro is away training with a Championship club this week.

It is understood that the unnamed club are one of a handful of Football League sides that are closely monitoring Finley and it seems increasingly likely that the 21-year-old will be departing The New Saints at the end of the season.

Seeing a player of Sam Finley’s ilk move on from the Welsh Premier to the Championship can only strengthen the league’s credibility within the footballing world and challenge some of the long-standing misconceptions on the true ability of the higher-end players who compete in the league.

I personally wish Sam the best of luck and hope he can make a positive impact this week.

BOWEN IN SURPRISE CARMARTHEN EXIT
Another bit of transfer detail is the news that Luke Bowen has cut short his stay at Carmarthen Town and leaves the club with immediate effect.

The well-travelled forward only joined the Old Gold in January and picked up a League Cup winners medal in his first game for the club but failed to find the net in any of his nine appearances.

Perhaps strangely, considering his past record in front of goal with former clubs Aberystwyth, Port Talbot, Llanelli and Neath, Mark Aizlewood continually deployed Bowen in an unfamiliar midfield role. The role never really got the best out of Bowen, who on his day is amongst the leading strikers in the league, and it’ll be interesting where he ends up next season, where I’m sure there’ll be a number of potential suitors.

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