TNS v Druids Match Preview

Tonight, the 16 March, Druids make the short trip to Oswestry to play Cymru Premier heavyweights The New Saints under the lights at Park Hall.

Druid’s heavy schedule since the return is yet to slow down with another challenging midweek fixture tonight. We come into this game off a disappointing loss to Bala Town on Saturday in which we took the lead within the opening 6 minutes however were unable to see the game out and grab all three points.

With three games being played in the space of one week since the restart, Druids may decide to rotate some of the squad to avoid injuries and give players who have had less minutes a chance to impress. We last played TNS back at the beginning of December 2020 in which our opponents put on a very strong performance, winning the match 4-0 with a Greg Draper hattrick. TNS however slipped to second on the table on Saturday after a shock 2-1 loss away to Haverfordwest AFC. They will most likely be looking for a reaction tonight, as will Druids, which should make for a lively and entertaining fixture.

The player to watch from our opponents is forward Adam Roscrow. TNS recently signed Roscrow on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed, but club record fee from League One outfit AFC Wimbledon. So far, he has only featured in TNS’s 0-0 draw to Bala Town on the 6 March. However, if he is given the nod tonight, he will surely be aiming to get on the scoresheet for the first time for his new club and ensure all 3 points.

The player to keep your eye on for the Druids is forward Jonny Taylor. Jonny has only recently returned to us after a long spell on the sidelines with a serious ACL tear. However, he has come back to football this season with plenty of enthusiasm and energy which has made an impression on the players and coaches. He is yet to be given his chance in a league game since the restart, but if he does get it tonight, he will surely be aiming to grab it with both hands and stake a claim for more regular playing time. A physical centre forward who is always up for a battle, Jonny is also a very confident finisher and will be eager to show his clinical nature if any chances arise for him tonight.

None of the teams around us on the table are in action this evening, so it is another chance for us to gain some ground on them before Phase 2 begins. It is sure to be a great fixture against our neighbours, with a number of players on both sides eager to prove their abilities. It is the beginning of three consecutive away fixtures for Druids and we can’t wait to get started!

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions there will be no fans in attendance, but follow our Twitter page for live match updates!

Come on you Druids!

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