New Saints draw at Nomads to take 15th Welsh title


The New Saints retained the Cymru Premier title with a goalless draw at Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The visitors secured the point they needed to seal their 15th Welsh title.

Andy Firth made a series of saves to deny Saints’ Ryan Brobbel and Declan McManus.

Saints have won the title with five games remaining with captain Chris Marriott becoming the most decorated player in the league’s history with 11 titles.

Manager Craig Harrison, who returned to the club from Connah’s Quay as Anthony Limbrick’s replacement earlier in the season, has now won seven Welsh titles with the Oswestry-based club.

Harrison’s side went into the game at Deeside Stadium 17 points ahead of second-placed Nomads after Ryan Astles’ late goal secured a 2-1 win over Bala Town last Monday put them on the brink of the title.

Nomads keeper Firth made a fine save to deny Ryan Brobbel’s effort from the edge of the area

Leo Smith and former Nomad Danny Davies both fired shots wide of the post for the visitors during a goalless first half.

Firth made another excellent tip over a shot by Saints top scorer Declan McManus, who had shown terrific skill to create the shooting opportunity.

Joe Malkin tried his luck from long range after spotting Saints keeper Connor Roberts off his line while Josh Williams had a shot blocked.

Nomads keeper Firth, named man of the match, made another crucial save to thwart McManus while at the other end Saints custodian Roberts made a fingertip save to stop George Horan’s close range shot.

But neither side could find the breakthrough and the point was enough for Saints to win back to back league titles.

New Saints manager Craig Harrison told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

“It’s a tough place to come. The surface is terrible and it’s not conducive to the style we want to play so we’ve got to dig in, deal with their set plays and had to play a little bit different from what we normally play.

“We dug it out and got a clean sheet, which if you can’t win the game then a clean sheet is the next best thing.

“We’ve got a strong team and we’re full-time, but along with that comes a lot of pressure and expectations and you’ve got to produce week in week out.

“I’m very, very fortunate that I’ve got some fantastic players and there’s a great mentality in the squad and the coaching staff.”

Friday, 17 March

Championship Conference

Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-0 The New Saints

Play-Off Conference

Caernarfon Town 0-1 Aberystwyth Town: Aberystwyth remain in the bottom two but are just a point behind Pontypridd after a vital win at The Oval in their bid to avoid relegation. Niall Flint’s goal four minutes before the interval secured the win over the Canaries, who had Laurie Bell sent off early in the second half.

Saturday, 18 March

Championship Conference

Bala Town v Cardiff Met; 14:30 GMT

Newtown v Penybont; 14:30 GMT

Play-Off Conference

Flint Town United v Pontypridd United; 14:30 GMT

Haverfordwest County v Airbus UK Broughton; 14:30 GMT

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