The only Friday night game this weekend sees TNS entertain Connah’s Quay at Park Hall with the Saints able to temporarily put themselves six points clear at the top of the WPL table.
TNS are 5-4-0 (WDL) so far and after not making the most convincing of starts to the campaign, the feeling is that the champions are finding form and picking up steam. They breezed to a 6-1 win over Carmarthen on Tuesday night confirming themselves as the league’s only undefeated side. Manager Craig Harrison has found new attacking options within his squad to breathe some fresh life into the side – Ryan Edwards has enjoyed a run in the team and Jamie Mullan, Scott Quigley and Greg Draper have all been featuring of late.
Connah’s Quay haven’t got off to the start that they’d have wanted and the Nomads will be looking up at TNS right now with a degree of envy. TNS are the club that Connah’s Quay are, quite rightly, aspiring to become after a high profile rebuilding job over the summer fronted by the arrival of Les Davies.
They will be hurt by their latest setback – a 3-1 midweek defeat to Bangor City – that home fixture was one that Connah’s Quay would’ve been expecting to take three points from, and they have now won just three of their opening nine league games.
The Nomads were and may well still be the team to watch out for this season and I was more impressed with their transfer activity over the summer than any other WPL club.
The overhaul at the Deeside Stadium has however knocked the club into a state of transition and after nine games, there is a growing sense that the squad are underachieving and their start can’t be described as anything other than underwhelming.
Though unlikely, a win over TNS tonight would provide Connah’s Quay with a massive lift and it could well be the trigger that kick-starts their season and finally gets them up and running. Something needs to click for the Nomads or they risk jeopardising a possible top-six place. Interesting times lie ahead.