Cardiff Met 4 The New Saints 1 – Handling The Disappointment Of Defeat (978)

With Connah’s Quay Nomads’ victory the day before pushing The New Saints into second spot, everyone associated with the JD Welsh Premier League champions was hoping that it was just a temporary switch.

However, the script didn’t got to plan, certainly not as far as TNS were concerned anyway, with a Sunday afternoon game in the capital. A convincing 4-1 victory for Cardiff Metropolitan University FC meant that as we hit the one-quarter stage of the season, it’s The Nomads who lead the way.

I’ve been to Cyncoed Campus several times now since the club’s promotion to the top flight, so although it’s not a new ground, nevertheless it’s always one I look forward to. Having said that though, as a football fan I look forward to them all.

Of course there was disappointment with the result. If you’re a football fan your emotions do become intrinsically blended with that of the fortunes of your team.

However, it’s important to not allow something over which you have zero control to dominate your state of mind. You shouldn’t be in a position whereby your weekend is determined by ninety minutes of action on a football pitch.

It also helps to bring things into perspective. On the same day that The New Saints lost, people were diagnosed with cancer, relationships ended, children went missing. I could go on but I’m sure you get the point I’m making.

We’re not robots, we aren’t emotionally detached from the result. Personally, I’m very involved with what goes on with The New Saints. It’s not just football but in many ways a way of life.

However, for as much as I experience the highs and the lows of the result I refuse to allow it to control my emotions. Cardiff is behind me and I’m already looking forward to Prestatyn on Wednesday.

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Following the game in the capital, I interviewed the TNS manager, Scott Ruscoe, and right-back, Simon Spender, for TNS TV. You can watch those below.