It’s the biggest game in the JD Welsh Premier League season so far this weekend as second hosts first. Many are surprised that The New Saints aren’t leading the way in the middle of October but forget that right through to the end of 2017, there were four teams in with a serious shout.
Take the second half of November 2017 as an example when, in alphabetical order, Bangor City, Cardiff Metropolitan University FC, Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints FC were separated by just two points.
Ahead of Saturday’s game (October 20 2018) and destined for the pre-match big screen showing at Park Hall, we interviewed manager, Scott Ruscoe, and players Ben Cabango and Tom Holland.
This is Scott’s second season as the main man at The New Saints and he’ll be looking to at least emulate 2017/2018’s double-winning campaign. He’s always a pleasure to interview and comes over really well. His insights are always honest and interesting.
Fresh from his Wales U19 appearance against Poland the other day, there was only one place to chat with Ben Cabango and that was in front of the Welsh flags behind the goal at Park Hall.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that Ben, who is on loan from Swansea City, is still a teenager. He is very mature and is always a joy to interview. Definitely one to watch for the future both at club and international level.
Finally, we had a good conversation with Tom Holland. Another youngster, he always comes over really well. From Bradford City to Leeds United, Manchester City and Swansea City, it was from the latter that he joined The New Saints FC last season.
I enjoy doing interviews and getting on well with players and staff is essential as it always produces better content. I prefer being in-house as there isn’t the aggressiveness that you often see when outside journalists interview managers and players.
The last thing I want to be doing is goading a manager about his job because he’s lost a couple of games on the bounce. The great thing about doing club media is you don’t have to do that. That suits me perfectly.