Wednesday 2nd December
JD Cymru Premier
Last night, Druids returned to the Rock to welcome current league leaders and neighbours TNS. With our last game Sunday and another coming in 3 days, Bruno made use of our squad size, bringing in Niall Flint, Charley Edge, Harry Brazel and Alex Darlington into the starting 11. It was not to be in the end, as our opponents showed their ability and clinical finishing throughout, resulting in a 4-0 defeat for the Druids.
Druids defence seemed to be holding firm from the off, however a tangle in the box on the 11th minute mark ended with a penalty awarded to TNS, which was dispatched confidently by striker Greg Draper. Druids continued to play their game and earn their way back into the match but a quick turnover in the 28th minute and a slip from defender Phil Mooney left Draper with a sight of goal and he made no mistake again, with a well placed strike into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.
It seemed Druids were going to go into halftime 2-0 down with the aim of attacking the TNS backline second half, however seconds before the break, defender Blaine Hudson met a cross into the box and headed past Druids keeper Michael Jones to make it 3-0 TNS.
The second half saw Jamie Reed, Sam Phillips and Ryan Kershaw enter the fray but TNS showed no signs of letting off. Draper completed his hattrick in the 53rd minute with a simple finish following a cutback from winger Adrian Cieslewicz. That turned out to be the final goal of the game as Druids enjoyed some solid spells of possession as the second half progressed. We began to work the ball into good areas around the TNS box, but our opponent’s defence held firm earning them a clean sheet for their efforts.
Overall, TNS showed their quality with the ball and in front of goal in a frustrating night for the Druids. However, we showed glimpses of our possession-based style and attacking ability in the second half. Druids now look forward to Saturday away at Haverfordwest in another massive game to pick up some much needed points.
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