New Saints return to site of record defeat


Gavin Grosvenor

The New Saints’ bid to retain the Welsh Cup continues when they travel to Barry Town United on Saturday (5.15pm).

The Linnets progressed to the fourth round of the national cup by thumping this year’s Welsh League Cup runners-up Denbigh Town 6-1.

Barry Town were the dominant force in the late 1990s and early 2000s by claiming the Welsh Premier League seven seasons in a row and the first club to turn professional.

The club endured a bitter court battle with its previous owner and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) before reforming as a phoenix club in 2013 and since climbed the Welsh League pyramid.

Boss Craig Harrison does not want his side to underestimate the Welsh League Division One club and has praised their displays so far this season.

Harrison said: “You only have to look at the journey Denbigh went on to reach the League Cup final. No team should think they are going to turn up and just win a game. 

“Gavin Chesterfield is a good coach. He’ll have them organised and they’ll be doing their homework on us, so we won’t be taking them lightly.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the Welsh Cup at The New Saints. I’ve won the trophy three times and I want to make it four.

“I was a little bit disappointed at the weekend. It’s just that final third, but we are going to work on it this week in training.”

The match has been highly anticipated by the media with the game being screened live on S4C.

The two clubs have produced several historic results as Wales’ most successful clubs.

In 1996 the Saints, then Llansantffraid, won the Welsh Cup in the last game at the Cardiff Arms Park and then in 1997, as TNS, suffered a 10-0 defeat at Jenner Park. which remains the club’s worst ever defeat.

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