Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Wales: More dancing on the streets for TNS

Posted in UK Football by peterbein on April 25, 2010
The New Saints

The New Saints, more commonly known as TNS, are Welsh champions for the fifth time

The New Saints, from the area in the United Kingdom covering Oswestry (in England) and Llansantffraid (in Wales), have won the Principality Welsh Premier League title after a nail biting climax to the season this Saturday. The club have become famous in the UK in recent years thanks to Sky Sports TV presenter Jeff Stelling who, after all of the day’s football results are read out, will often (sarcastically) claim that “they’ll be dancing on the streets of TNS tonight” after every victory that is announced in favour of the club. If it is the case that the club and its followers like to get down after every victory then they’ll be dancing a bit heavier after TNS secured their fifth championship with a 3-1 away win at Aberystwyth Town.

Before Matchday 34 got under way there was one team, Llanelli AFC, who could snatch the title from TNS’s grasp as they started the day just two points behind the league leaders. Llanelli AFC were playing at Prestatyn Town whilst Aberystwyth were not going to make things easy for TNS as they were fighting it out for third in the table, and a place in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers for 2010-11, against Port Talbot Town. With all matches in the league kicking off at the same time followers of TNS must’ve been nervous as news reached them that their title rivals Llanelli AFC had a 2-1 half-time lead whilst their match remained goalless. However the goals started to fly in during the second half with Chris Sharp, son of legendary Everton FC striker Graeme Sharp, bagging a brace and Steve Evans scoring once with Aberystwyth Town scoring a consolation through Luke Bowen in stoppage time. Llanelli AFC did all they could in their match eventually disposing of Prestatyn Town by 5-1 with Rhys Griffiths helping himself to a hat trick but it was TNS’s day. The New Saints qualify for the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League qualification rounds whilst Aberystwyth lamented defeat as it ruined their chances of UEFA Europa League qualification after Port Talbot’s 0-0 draw with Bala Town allowed them to secure third place.

The Principality Welsh Premier League is undergoing fundamental change next season with the number of particpiating teams being reduced from twenty down to twelve. The bottom six teams this season – Newtown AFC, GAP Connah’s Quay, Porthmadog FC, Welshpool Town, Caersws FC and Newi Cefn Druids – are now relegated and two more teams could join them. Bala Town FC and Haverfordwest County finished in 11th and 12th place respectively and their position in the Premier League is dependent on finding replacements from the second tier who will have the necessary facilities and finance to operate in the top flight.

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