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Time for another crack at this.

@Shedender - When you play on a pitch shaped like this, anything is possible.





The boy dun' good! Ben Woodburn's first month results in the player of the month accolade for February.


Our wingers also gain recognition on top of Woodburn as George Sandford and Ron Lemar make the cut for team of the month.



The rescheduled fixture produced the accustomed result. Done and dusted by half time with the two 'Burn' suffixed players scoring within the same minute, Ron Lemar proved why he featured in TOTM by rallying in a free kick for trois zéro. Fixture congestion allowed room for Daniel Tanti to get the odd start and boy was it regretful; two yellows in seven minutes to be sent off and sent straight into the 'Set For Release' pile. For all of Llangefni's efforts, Wardle had a straightforward game. Zoning in on the prize.


Stuart Lee doesn't start many games, how glad was I to risk him in our biggest game of the season. 24 seconds is all it took to unscrew Bala's watertight game plan, Lee left two defenders in the dust to compose himself and finish past Jimmy Reed with gusto. The second was a stroke of luck, a poor kick out by Reed allowed us to push on again with D'Ath pulling the trigger, cannoning off their defender and left Lee to smash it first time into the roof of the net. Bala put the pressure on in the second half but it didn't culminate to anything, Paddy Gamble hitting the bar was as close as they came. A potential title clincher?


Dishing the punishment once again on Llangefni, despite the Dazzlers giving it a good tug of war. Levi Duckett is always the highlighted danger man for Llangefni, wouldn't we know it we again failed to pick him up to give the visitors a surprise lead. Ticking towards half time it looked hopeless only for an own goal, a brief respite, then Molyneaux returned from injury to reach the big 3-0th for the season. The injury lay off made him malleable as ever, a second goal ensured victory despite conceding a cheap pen that Einion Kane put away. Announce title?


Good news in seeing Yates back to full traini...


..never mind.


First youth intake was...dire. As much as I appreciate someone with St Vincent & The Grenadines heritage, everyone is pretty garbage in this intake.



Nine points from nine this month and a big step towards glory in Wales. Molyneaux wasn't even missed tbh.



Three games to go, a five point gap but not quite there yet. My calculations are just one more win and a draw will be good enough. Goal difference is a huge plus on top of that if it resorts to it.

NEXT UPDATE: April/May 2033



Third manager of the month award this season, hardly even a contest this March.



Just when we were about to get the heebie jeebies of Bala breathing down our necks, Matt Molyneaux bails us out of jail to put us one step closer. Two former colleagues combined to rewrite the script after just three minutes, Adam Evans crossing for timid striker Zyaac Whitehouse to pounce and succeed to send shivers down at the away end. Wayne Wilson thundered an effort off the bar towards the end of the half, but made amends to uncover an equaliser on the counter, also securing his 50th career goal. Going for the win was the objective, but one step forward takes two steps back - Einion Ingram forcing one in from a corner. Cometh the hour, cometh the man; Matt Molyneaux risks one from the edge of the area and the power was enough to tuck it underneath Matt Crowe to erupt the travelling Saints support. Fortunately for Bala, they won 2-0 at home to Llangefni to close the gap to two.


We are really making it hard for ourselves, resigning ourselves to defeat at Bangor City. Languished heavily in the first half, hardly containing The Citizens and deservedly fell behind through a stupid penalty given away by Adrian Greengrass. Cataclysmic defending was our downfall for the second, no alertness to clear the follow up of a Bangor effort off the crossbar, allowing a simple tap in for Watkins to put us in a real disposition while news reverberated around the ground that Bala were leading Connah's Quay at the break. An inspiring team talk fueled a revival, Molyneaux had an effort parried by the keeper but only to Woodburn who stuffed it in to hand us a fighting chance. Nope. Ken Palmer is a total bane in this save, having the freedom of the 18 yard area to place a shot past Wardle to put the game out of reach. Stuart Lee powered in a second back, but time was against us to rescue it. It goes to the final day of the season.


Pandemonium! Bala have choked at Connah's Quay! All after leading 2-1 at the break, Zyaac Whitehouse and Daniel Todd do the business and cause a huge swing in the race for the Welsh Premier league on the final day.


TNS play Bala on the final day, with the Lakesiders requiring a 22 goal swing to win the league. Still, with our recent form I wouldn't put it past us.


Short one more midfielder, Godbold ruled out of the last game because he can't lift.


Never in doubt. WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!...however ending the season with back to back defeats is not the scenario I pictured the celebrations. Shutting them out was our game plan and with a dull first 45 minutes elapsed and Bala needing at least 11 goals, we have clear blue water between us. Wayne Wilson, on what could be his final TNS appearance made it special with help from the post. Of course it sparked Bala into life; Jimmy Gayle the quote unquote hero to reverse the scoreline in Bala's favour. Not that it mattered too much to us, ending the season with a defeat is a bitter pill to swallow. Who cares? The Saints go marching in!




Shocker of a second half leaves us licking our wounds and crashing out of the Welsh Cup. Perhaps our minds were distracted with the league but was no excuse, capitulating after Sandford's opener via Max Neal's cross. Defenders are so needed over the summer, Alan Jones I swear could've walked it in if he had any more space to level the game going into the dressing rooms for half time. Wardle was at fault for the goal which unraveled the ties, air punching while Turley already headed in. It got worse and worse from there on in, two more from Jones ensured a hat-trick and a miserable one way ticket home to Oswestry. No treble this season.


Ha! Bala finish trophyless after being stunned on penalties by Barry for their first cup win in thirty years and play European football for the first time since their reformation. Ben Woodburn caused a storm in the cup (not the figure of speech), top goalscorer and top assist maker after only coming in in January. Would have been nice to go for the treble but delighted for Barry who bubbled under the radar this season.



What an absolute...covfefe. Couldn't come up with a strong enough word to describe how sh*t our last four games of the season turned out to be.




TNS winning the league should be incredibly mundane to a lot of people, but in the recent rise of Bala in the bid to knock them off their throne, this is a glorious title winning season for us. I did joke earlier about the league coming down to goal difference...well it was our safeguard to how the season panned out coming to the climax, far superior to Bala's who did their best to match our points tally. Finished quite a distance ahead of Bangor City in third who didn't even make Europe, instead that went to Airbus UK via EL playoffs and also join Barry in Europe next season. Rhyl were relegated for quite some time, Port Talbot were the second team to fall through that trapdoor.

NEXT UPDATE: Postseason 2032/33



Matt Molyneaux's rampant forward performances earned the fans' vote as player of the season, probably deservedly so too. In fact the top three were members of our front line with Matt Blackburn a close second and Wayne Wilson, despite publicly admitting he wants to leave the club took third place. For all the momentous goals scored, Gardner's top corner strike in the Welsh Cup to Goytre United took precedence amongst our fans. Matt Blackburn secured both young player and signing of the season, the former West Ham trainee notched up 25 goals and 22 assists in 40 games in a blistering debut season. Credit to my predecessor, Karl Mercieca for that signing.



I reiterate the point that Matt Molyneaux has only SEVEN finishing, goal tally of 31 for the season even with a few weeks out is spectacular. Pass completion of 87% too for a striker is solid and shows perhaps that our midfield may need some tweaks. Stuart Lee played often in a rotation system but was another crucial piece to the puzzle and in 32 games averaged almost 7.5 which is no mean feat at all. Blackburn mentioned previously had a hand in 22 goals plus 25 of his own work, but not only that, he also grabbed most man of the match awards with seven to impressively blaze through his first season in a TNS shirt. A big contrast to how discipline works here compared to Malta, barely put a foot wrong with suspensions apart from Gould being a little careless. D'Ath's red came in the Fenerbahce game back in the previous August, to my knowledge we didn't receive a single red card since then.


Not quite the triple whammy, but a league and cup double will do just as well. Pretty bummed that the fans didn't consider the 8-0 thumping of Porthmadog as result of the season but perhaps the 5-0 home atmosphere was more memorable. Our first defeat of the season to Llangefni wasn't ideal and perhaps we'd have gone completely unbeaten this season if it weren't for that.


A player in each position in team of the year. Yates was a surprise in goal, not picking up one spot in any teams of the month and only fifth best clean sheets tally of 11. Julian Shenton featured as centre back, Ron Lemar on the right wing and up top with Matt Blackburn. Media bias against Molyneaux strikes again.


A season to remember it turns out for Matt Blackburn, taking the coveted WPL Player of the Season award.


To conclude, I took Manager of the Season to tick off my first personal award in my career.

NEXT UPDATE: Preseason 2033/34





Lots of personnel didn't make the retained list. Wayne Wilson is the big name to depart after making his feelings clear about leaving for a bigger club. James Godbold is a surprising exit too, but his agent's demands were not cost-efficient. Greg Wardle, Max Neal and Daniel Tanti also released with the remainder being dead wood. No ins as of yet, focusing more about pumping money into the club.


On the subject of maximizing profit, we made a substantial amount over the course of the year to dig us out of a £200k debt-hole and become a lot more solvent.


Just what the banker ordered, fresh sponsorship deals for the 2033/34 season with a new kit sponsor of JD Sports. Kit manufacturer remains with Legea.




Pretty much identical to the previous season, still rather restricted with the budgets.


Back to normality, Bala's time in the limelight perhaps coming to a standstill.




Oh boy...my previous employers.



So lethargic and were almost no match for Valletta, we were desperately lucky to get a result. An influx of Brazilians came to Valletta following my departure and ran rings around us in the first half. Wayne Wilson clocked out of The Saints dressing room with a last hurrah delivering a 25 yard driller into cancel out Camilleri's opener. The Maltese visitors continued the trend of dominating, hitting the bar twice before Marco converted a penalty to hand them two away goals. Coupled with Theuma's red card, we were blessed with a former signing cocking up on the mainstage to restore parity as Zanel got in the wrong position to clear Ron Lemar's cross to divert the ball into his own net. Rubbish performance in front of the home crowd and with two away goals, Valletta are favourites to take the second leg.



All aboard the emotional rollercoaster, Theresa May's campaign was more stable than our defence. Both sides were guilty of mistakes in the first half, statuesque defending on our part while Valletta had communication attenuation with an own goal from Mauritanian international Mohamed Beguily leveling the tie on aggregate. Marco fired in again to hand the Malteasers the lead for a third time with us squirming to try turn the tie around in our favour. Then came the decisive moment, Blackburn fouled just inside the area for a last ditch penalty, Woodburn had ice in his veins to put us ahead on away goals. Molyneaux made absolutely sure as the clock hit 90 minutes to come away with the aggregate win. So very lucky.



Promnesia as we draw Azerbaijani champions Qarabağ again. Will we go one step further?



Wow, talk about ez pz. Were these the same guys we played last season? Looks like they stumbled out of the plane in a daze as we cruise to a first leg victory. Two from Woodburn and a rather fortunate Ron Lemar free kick diverted into the opposite corner with help from the Qarabağ wall. Zero shots from the men in black and now leaves us odds on favourites to progress, but securing an away goal in Azerbaijan may be easier said than done.



Mirror image of the first leg, though Qarabağ did actuallyhave the bottle to manage a shot on goal. We knew one goal would be enough to seize it, Russell Gardner applied it from the edge of the D with the keeper completely helpless to only parry it in faster. Molyneaux actually used his head for a change to guide in the second goal from Lemar's cross before Lemar scored a carbon copy free kick from the first leg to send us flying through. Streets ahead in quality from the Valletta battle.



The Grobari hooligans meet the Welsh minnows in the next round.


In other news (big news too), a takeover looms and places an embargo on transfers just as I were about to delve into the market.



Bala emerge as early favourites for the league at 2-1, ahead of us at only a measly 11-4 which remains the same as last season. Prestatyn and Haverfordwest are the new boys to the division.

NEXT UPDATE: August 2033



So much for that, glad we can finally buy players. Oh, that's right we still don't have a budget.




Made a good stab at it, but the Serbian powerhouses stood stronk. Three at the back were no match for two lightning quick attacking wingers. Opancina's composure aided a comfortable first after Yates sprung quick off his line, but a tad late to no avail. The second oozed confidence, 18 year old centre back Macuzic didn't even need to hit it with his laces from 25 yards out and just placed a low sidefooter home. Molyneaux had our best opportunity for an away goal but the ball came at him awkwardly, hitting it wide from six yards out. The odds are stacked against us going to the Greenhous Meadow.



We've only gone and bloody done it! From looking down and out through Opacina's opening away goal to suddenly showing a proper tussle with two Ben Woodburn strikes in a matter of seconds. The half time team talk needed to be golden, 36 seconds after the restart it produced the optimal reaction. Ron Lemar fantastically shrugged off left back Goran Petrovic, squared to Molyneaux and put two & two together to bring the match back to only a solitary goal with away goals still favouring Partizan. Petrovic getting mugged off certainly rattled his cage, seeing red with just under half an hour left with the momentum firmly with us. Partizan's capitulation was complete in the last ten minutes through a game of head tennis from a corner to where the keeper stupidly came out to punch and missed miserably to watch Ron Lemar's effort trickle in. Contained ourselves to hang on for a famous comeback. One opponent away from the Champions League group stages.


Ron Lemar had a stormer on the right, think we know who's responsible for that.



From one set of hooligans to another, UltrAslan beware.



So near, yet so far away; our valiant efforts fell just short of the target. Yates played a blinder in goal, dramatically saving a penalty but conceding twice in very sticky situations; one at the very near post by Kodjo and a free header for Aykut Pezmezci. George Sandford headed in an unlikely equaliser in between all that, but The Saints bit off more they could chew. Unless we perform Jesus Christ miracles in the second leg we won't be seeing the CL group stages.



Greeted by the intimidating red walls of pyrotechnics at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Gala roadblock our Champions League journey with a confident performance to put us to sleep. The defensive three left a gaping hole for Yazici to capitalize to put the game far out of reach. Matt Molyneaux had a rather eventful game; belted in the equaliser but perhaps his frustration levels tipped over the edge after Pekmezci returned the lead to Galatasaray to see red in card form from the refs notebook. Left a bitter taste to what was a heroic effort from the Welsh club, but it does mean we slide into the Europa League group stages.


Earning the big bucks. *palm rubbing intensifies*




Considering teams like Dortmund, Chelsea and Benfica were lurking in the first pots this was pretty much a best case scenario. That being said, Lazio, RB Salzburg and Sparta Praha will be tough tests of our abilities.



Back to the dreary 9-5 shift in the domestic leagues, starting with a run of the mill win over Aberystwyth. Molyneaux picked up where he left off last season, banging in his first hat-trick of potentially many this season, Woodburn swept in a fourth for good measure. Rather concerning that 66% of the home side's shots hit the back of the net and begs the question - do I need better defenders? Plenty of time in the transfer window to think about it.


This game exemplifies my point even more as we succumbed to a draw when we really should have rope tied and strung this game by the balls. A Woodburn tap in and a typical instinctive finish by Molyneaux had Bala second guessing themselves before we totally blew our cover. Paddy Gamble is a nuisance to us lately, pulling one back before half time after feeding off a wide cross to give the visitors a grip and moments into the second half Yates made another monumental mistake at coming out for a 50/50 ball, allowing Gamble to caress the ball into an empty net with his head. Counted our lucky stars that we didn't fall behind with the post denying Alan Jones what would have been an unforgivable collapse.




Another 8-4 anybody?



Surely no coincidence that my 500th game in management would result in a five goal win at the Airfield? Matt Blackburn got the nod over a rather worn out Molyneaux in between a cluster of games and is making a compelling case on becoming a constant in the team with a delightful hat-trick. Airbus looked far more laboured than in recent performances and took control with further goals from Woodburn and Sandford dipped his toe in from a tight angle. The first game of our cup defence begins in gleaming fashion.



Of course.



A lot more games than we're used to with the whirlwind of European football but the positivity continues to emanate despite the Galatasaray defeats. Without doubt the Partizan comeback takes a special place in my heart. Spoiled for choice with our strikers being in superb form; Blackburn, Woodburn and Molyneaux scoring 14 goals combined this month.



Very early days, but we would have been top if we didn't choke up in the Bala game. Loooong way to go.


Earning £5mill in a month needs some worthy reinvestment internally. Welsh teams need to get on our level after this completion.


Been a good while since I've had a window of opportunity to fully complete my coaching qualifications. Took nearly five attempts at three other clubs too to finally grant this request.


Committed for another two years in the meantime, at least until a good job comes along.

NEXT UPDATE: September 2033





After becoming so engrossed in European football, transfer business was bottom of the priorities list so inevitably we played a game of deadline day 'supermarket sweep' to grab some signatures. Resorted to the loan market due to transfer funds being cut to the nub, but one player does come in on a permanent deal.


Marat Kalmykov - D(C)/D(L) - free transfer from Airbus UK

One who caught my eye in recent encounters with Airbus, giving us another option in defence. Six foot six with an 88kg build of Soviet muscle, bear hugs attackers and speaks a good bit of Russian as he's half Kazakh. Has a long way to go for his technical development, but at 19 plenty of time for him to become a staple in the TNS defensive system.


Barry Gillan - M(R) - six month loan from Partick Thistle

With Max Neal exiting this summer, nobody was in line to replace Ron Lemar on the right wing. Rummaged through the Scottish market to find this worthy rotation option. Lightning quick with good technique and decent crossing - fits the profile nicely.


James Harvey - D(C) - season long loan from West Ham

Yet another centre back, taking that tally up to six capable starters. East London boy with a lot of 'Green Street' in him judging by his strong bravery, aggression and obviously his strength. Unfortunately he'll be out for a few weeks but won't be long before he'll brew up a storm if someone steps in his way. Wouldn't exactly want to square up to him in a pub in case he's packed a knife.


Andy Hyde - M(C) - season long loan from Hull City

The core of the midfield is screaming out for a playmaker and former TNS loanee Andy Hyde returns to fill in for another spell. Passing, technique, vision, decision making and first touch all exemplary for the Welsh Premier. Physically might lack a bit, nevertheless an exciting recruitment.


Phil Plummer - GK - season long loan from Blackburn Rovers

Rivalling Sam Yates for the number one goalkeeper position and best hair in the squad; more or less the same sort of player to Yates, being far more agile, better mentally sculpted but just that little slower and two inches shorter (in the height department at least). Would not recommend him unclogging your loo despite his surname.


Praise the Lord, senpai noticed Molyneaux for his contributions and takes player of the month for August.


In fact he was the only Saints player listed in team of the month.



Not quite the 8-0 thumping like last season, but convincing nonetheless away to Porthmadog. Ben Woodburn was the cog that kept turning in a well oiled machine, having a hand in each of the four goals. Hat-trick of assists to set up Blackburn and Holmes to lead 2-0 at the break and by the first five minutes of the second half the game was buried, setting up D'Ath for number three before slotting away a penalty for a place on the scoresheet. Loveridge pulled one back to burst the bubble of a potential clean sheet, though meaningless in the context of the final result.


Reports of a forest fire n the vicinity of Oswestry...no, that's just Woodburn blazing up again with a hat-trick of goals this time to take down Haverfordwest, marking the occasion with his 100th career goal in the process. Number of debutants also stepped up; Andy Hyde set up the first for Molyneaux and Phil Plummer between the sticks was rock solid albeit conceding a superbly struck effort by Tom Jones (it's not unusual for him though). Barry Gillan was disappointingly quiet on the right despite a 6.9, however his replacement Ron Lemar came off the bench to make the instant impact by setting up the fourth goal. Routine win.


Wasn't all good news, Sandford misses out for the first and potentially the second Europa League group game later in the month.


Disgusted, this should have been three in the bag but fell flat on our faces to Barry. Conceding an early penalty put us in bother as Aled Murray nudged the visitors in front. Frustration mounted as with only 7 shots on target from 28 our finishing was disastrous. Unluckily we were denied by the woodwork thrice in seven minutes, Blackburn guilty for two of them. I was heavily critical about Gillan in relation to the Haverfordwest game and it seemed to resonate with him, providing a moment of brilliance to dart inside using fantastic off the ball movement and anticipation to place himself at the far post for a tap in via a cross from the left hand side, handing us a deserved equaliser. Fans couldn't be happy with a draw from this.




Bala's intimidation tactics unfazed us as we strolled to a comfortable win, booking a place in the semis of the league cup. 82% (9/11) shots on target ratio for us compared to 22% (4/18) for them was the key statistic as quality finishing defeated quantity of half chances. Louis Wheeler is definitely making a case on the left while Sandford is nursing his injury; performed buoyantly throughout and squared twice for Matt Blackburn on top of a powerful header from Joe Thomas to open the scoring, plus a rare start handed to Stuart Lee didn't disappoint to leave the Lakesiders floundering. Once or twice liable to a potential fightback, but Plummer in goal did a sterling job.



A repeat of last year's final, though in the semi final stages.





Great welcome into our debut European group stage encounter as RB Salzburg went in no rubber to dish out heavy punishment. It's actually comes as no surprise with the Austrian Bundesliga skyrocketing in league reputation, and also the calibre of players spawning and signing for such teams. Despite Yates saving an early penalty, we were no match for them; Pfeifer bagged a brace along with Focht to trail 3-0 at the break while Majstorovic and sub Josic finished the job. Barely threatened the keeper and were completely isolated up front. Not the fairytale start we anticipated.



It was more damage limitation at home to the most likely opponent to achieve a result against. We were stretched too easily for the only goal of the game as Tomas Necas was unmarked to head in from a quick tempo counter attack started by Kikyov on the left hand flank. Sparta weren't great finishers and missed ample opportunities to put the game to bed but either missed the target completely or stopped safely by Yates in net. We played the role of hitting ambitious efforts from long range and see where they go, it did not go very well. Well beaten and our EL dreams look over already.



Funnily enough it's Sparta who top the table, stunning Lazio in the first game. Neck and neck with the others while we unsurprisingly bring up the rear.



Eluding from the European disappointments, domestically we're doing as you'd expect despite the draw with Barry. Ben Woodburn on a mini goal drought but already at 12 goals this season, Molyneaux better watch out.



May seem rather concerning now, but due to a backlog of games due to European duties we've one or two games in hand over other sides. Bala lead the change with Bangor on their tails and perhaps the surprise package of Prestatyn lie in third.

NEXT UPDATE: October 2033

As Maltese researcher, it's always lovely to see my data being put to good use

Good luck on the rest of your career
@mons - The Maltese league was a frustrating one on how competitive it gets, was very lucky to seal the title at the fourth attempt.





The Airfield seems to be a goal farm for us these days, once again trashing up the place in a 7-2 win. Marat Kalmykov returned against his former club for a rude awakening, heading in one of five first half goals on top of a Matt Molyneaux double, Ron Lemar and Alexander D'Ath getting on the scoresheet. Defensive comfort lead to traditional complacency for Airbus to crawl back into the game but Molyneaux completed his hat-trick and Mark Holmes rounded the game off for maximum bruising.


Bad news is we've lost a midfielder for a few games.


Great move by the board, boosting our funds AFTER the summer transfer window. Bit of dosh for January though.


A top team performance and a striking masterclass by the front two ensured a standard, comfortable win over Carmarthen. Kalmykov hit the headlines again with his second consecutive goal, using his height to tower over his marker and headed in the opener from a corner. Molyneaux and Woodburn must have both laced up their finishing boots, bagging a brace each to settle the game well in our favour. An all round superb team performance, midfield and defence lines both rock solid.


In recent times Connah's Quay have become somewhat a bogey side for us, failing to oust them in our last three meetings. So easily could it have been four given the conspicuously timid first half performance, two acrobatic stops from Phil Plummer proved why he's leaving Yates to benchwarm and keeping the game scoreless while at the other end Ben Woodburn struck the postage stamp. Smelled the coffee in the second, Molyneaux received an obligatory birthday goal and the athleticism and positioning of Ben Woodburn who started and finished a move from deep to hand us the game. No banana skins here.


A drizzly, mucky Friday night game ended in us salvaging a scrappy one each draw, an unwarranted result for Bangor in many ways as they should've won. Ken Palmer kept up his good goalscoring record against us, mugging our defenders off and finding space to sidefoot home. Chances our way were few and far to come by, so having a penalty awarded to us was a stroke of luck when we needed it most. Woodburn confidently stepped up to stroke it home and could have been much sweeter, Matt Molyneaux immediately missed a sitter to potentially smash and grab a win. I'll gladly accept a draw given the balance of play.


The Burn suffixes combined to smoke out Llangefni at Park Hall, Blackburn stole the show setting up his fellow striker Woodburn twice on top of the two he already cashed in on. The fourth goal was the best of the bunch, Mark Holmes who is now becoming a hotly tipped prodigy delivered a 60 yard pass into Blackburn's path making no mistake in slotting past the keeper. Largely in control, however Llangefni did miss from four yards to summarise their luck.


Aberystwyth are seen as low hanging fruit to us, two in the opening 10 minutes were enough to see them off. The scoreline would be far great if it weren't for the damned woodwork which we struck an incredible four times over the course of the game. Combination of D'Ath, Holmes and Hyde were commanding the centre of midfield throughout with D'Ath grabbing one of the goals along with top scorer Ben Woodburn. Matt Blackburn added two more assists to his name; both himself and Woodburn are becoming a true sacrosanct strike pairing lately, keeping Molyneaux on the bench.





When in Rome, we got gladiatored at the Stadio Olimpico. Hatrick hero Makis Dionysopoulos ran circles around our back four in an alternative 4-4-2 setup to galvanise us that little bit extra. Lazio were perhaps a little condescending toward us; fielding a 16 year old winger who assisted one of the Greek's goals and not only that Lazio's keeper broke his hand during the game and still faced no trouble courtesy of our disappointing offensive 'prowess'. Adding insult to injury, Andy Hyde's block somehow squeezed past Plummer's near post to condemn us to our third defeat from three in the group stages. Nobody said this would be easy after all.




Books us into the fourth round no doubt.



Six league games and a trip to Rome in an exhausting month, winning five, drawing one and of course a battering to greater opposition.



Shoots us right up in the table as joint leaders with Bala who are matching stride for stride it seems, but ahead on goal difference. Already a gap emerging to third placed Bangor and a further five points clear of fourth.

NEXT UPDATE: November 2033



First manager of the month award this season following a stellar month of five wins and a draw.


Eight players out of a possible eleven in team of the month, yet none of them secures player of the month.



Meanwhile, the takeover speculation is unearthed yet again.


Strange one this, seems one of my coaching staff is now crossing over to manage the Malta national team, however will remain at TNS for day to day running.



Ding ding ding on the fruit machines, securing a fortunate win over title chasers Bala to put a bit of breathing space between us. Matt Molyneaux menaced the Bala defence on numerous occasions in the first half; missing a few gems but was the cause of the first goal coming off Shaheen Owens for an own goal. Bala are a funny side under manager Sam Hodge; usually reluctant to go attacking to force a goal when behind, settling for a strategical game and carefully applying pressure. Their patience nearly paid off with eight minutes left when Joe Thomas' concentration went and missed a defensive header to put Paddy Gamble through on goal, but trying his luck from 20 yards it rebounded off the bar to leave hearts in mouths. Ben Woodburn powered home on the stroke of the 90th minute to hand us the three points and a big leap towards back to back titles.


An early scare turned into positive reinforcement to chisel away at Porthmadog. A fourteen minute hat-trick by in form Matt Blackburn, taking his tally to double figures cancelled out Kristian Evans' opener in an action packed first half. If Blackburn wasn't good enough already, assisted substitute Stuart Lee to put the game beyond doubt and to cap off a man of the match performance. Port showed resilience throughout despite fading away on the scoreline, pulling one back from a set piece. Thirteen unbeaten in the league.


Far from convincing at times away to bottom side Haverfordwest, at least we ended up on the right side of the scoreline. Stuart Lee rotated in for Matt Molyneaux as part of our three pronged attack force and flourished with the opener from an acute angle and hung a cross from the left to meet the head of Blackburn for a 2-0 lead. Second half belonged to the men in blue, Sam Yates at full stretch to deny efforts from Jon Jones on two occasions before a well struck free kick by Craig Gill for some late panic.


Our 'Angstgegner' of Connah's Quay returned to almost puncture our unbeaten league form. Danny Todd was highlighted in the pre-match preps, but did we handle him? Absolutely not. Completely outstretched position-wise to leave him unmarked for an easy tap in before a bumbling conceded penalty allowed him to double our predicaments. Fresh heads after the restart, we started to press more thoroughly and broke the seal with George Sandford who also squared in for the second, setting up Molyneaux. Of course in typical FM fashion, the following highlight played out for CQ's restoration of the match highground with Todd unsurprisingly taking a hat-trick. Sweat began to pour from our pores in fear of being the end of our domestically unbeaten season until Molyneaux played a casual 1-2 before piledriving the equaliser right into the top corner with six minutes left. Stunning goal, helping us to make it 15 league games without defeat. Disappointed how the game panned out overall but hey ho.





Prestatyn were just no match, safely booking consecutive league cup finals. It was helped by some very irresolute Prestatyn defending, misplacing some easy passes and lacking standard communication setup. Using that to our advantage, Blackburn passed his first goal into the back of the net for the solitary first half goal. We had them in the palm of our hand as we restarted, turning the screw to the max in the second half with Blackburn completing a hat-trick with some cheeky finishes, Woodburn also plus part timer Stuart Lee. Total dominance.



A competitive rivalry final, almost cliché scripting from SI.





Damn, I'd 'eight' to be an Aberystwyth fan right now. Should feel a degree of remorse but with an early red card for them, they kind of brought it on themselves. I won't dicker too much over the details as we'd be here all day - to sum up: we obliterated them. Ben Woodburn notched up only his third career hat-trick, two from Molyneaux, two long range screamers from Andy Hyde and an unfortunate own goal. Tony Peters denied us a clean sheet, but in the context of the scoreline, we'll shake that one off. ez pz.



Non league Buckley await us on the road ahead.





Cruel defeat, Phil Plummer was both the hero and the villain of the Greenhaus opera. A fourth minute penalty save from Lazio captain Fornaro allocated a few early brownie points, followed by them hitting the post and keeping Dionysopoulos from shooting at long range. We almost barricaded our goal with some flawless defending leading into the last twenty minutes where it all got ugly. Not putting a foot wrong the entire game, Plummer made a schoolboy error of coming off his line to catch a ball that wasn't there, allowing a tap in for 16 year old Bisogno to break the deadlock. The floodgates soon burst open when Cumbria born Mark Walton finished the game off and to send us crashing out of the Europa League.



A little bit more competitive from our lot, scoring our first goal(s) of the group, yet still falling short. Going two behind after six minutes didn't help matters, getting so bad that I had to switch out Woodburn after 24 minutes due to foul attitude. His replacement Matt Molyneaux was just what the doctor ordered, fortunate to pull one back just five minutes of coming on thanks to Hans Schnöll's horrendous backpass and clipping the post on the way in. A potential way back in ended up being a novelty, conceding an early second half pen which Hofer dispatched with ease. The home fans (those who were left) were however going home with a smile on their face when Molyneaux closed the game with a nice consolation.




Easy come, easy go - we were just here for the ride. No points yet, but may as well go out in a blaze of glory in Prague who'll be feeling the pressure depending what happens between Lazio and Salzburg.



Congestion of fixtures just isn't slowing us down, helping us to five consecutive wins but towards the end it's been rather fluctuating. Great month for both Blackburn and Molyneaux with Woodburn fizzling out towards the end of the month. Seems rather apprehensive upon starting games.



Just can't seem to shake off Bala despite the six pointer, dropping points to CQ means it's a one point gap. A rift opens to third so it looks like a two horse race already before 2033 is done.

NEXT UPDATE: December 2033



Back to back manager of the month awards for the first time I believe.


On the verge of takeover completion after weeks of negotiations.


...never mind. Back to square one.



Barry are a tough nut to crack sometimes, but avoided dropping more points to them thanks to Holmes and Molyneaux. It was a game of few clear cut efforts but more dogged midfield battles. First goal resulted in a rebound from Blackburn's initial saved effort but Molyneaux kept it alive to square in Mark Holmes to finish the job. Barry's use of wingers caused us some concerns, especially the origination for their equaliser, Greengrass mugged off down the left channel, surfacing a floated cross to David Cassidy who from close range could hardly miss. Holmes returned the favour from earlier to send Molyneaux clean through on goal for the winner with twenty minutes left and tighten our grip on the Welsh Premier lead and our unbeaten record. The boy is something special.


This was no ordinary defeat, this was a traincrash of a defeat condemning us to our first defeat in seventeen. To summarise and avoiding any expletives, nobody played to an ounce of their ability; back three barely reached over 6, Phil Plummer in net at fault for at least three goals carrying a 4.6, our midfield were easily outmuscled and Woodburn was stuck in their back pocket. Sure we woke up to grab two in the final eight minutes but we were already 5-0 behind at this stage. Utterly disgraceful.


An improvement, if even. Carmarthen are no great shakes and swept them aside by half time. Molyneaux getting the nod ahead of under fire Woodburn and did what any great poacher does - scoring goals. Wide playmaker Sandford got his head up at the back stick to breathe easy at half time. Perhaps it led to us lifting our foot off the pedal, handing two cheap goals to them despite Blackburn tucking away a fourth in the middle of it. The important thing is we didn't jar ourselves from the Airbus defeat.


Speaking of jarring, our best midfielder ruled out until after the new year.


Prestatyn were the curtain closer to the year 2033, and it seems the turkey dinner hadn't affected us albeit only winning by the odd goal. Lions share of goalscoring chances but missing an abundance of them to only register the two, both coming from the trusty left boot of Matty Blackburn. Victory should have been isolated by HT, Molyneaux hit the post and mousily hit an effort wide while Joe Thomas missed a gaping free header from just four yards out. From that point onward, we were set up to fail and the visitors began applying pressure thus resulting in a goal back from Collier. Defensive stance kept them out until the end but things are in need of changing as the new year beckons.





Low and behold, we earned a credible draw in scenic Prague to conclude our European adventure. Safe to assume it wasn't a golden archive game but sentimental value to the Welsh fans who travelled. Sparta were rubbish when it came to applying finishes, spurning three bankers off the crossbar or post, letting the cold sweat dry. We gambled late on to end with a flourish and Mark Holmes forced a save from Kgosi Sithole but ending in a draw is no mean feat on our part.



Despite the draw, Sparta progress along with Lazio and leaving Salzburg behind while we pre-undoubtedly finish on the bottom rung. Proud of our efforts despite heavy away defeats and look forward to breaking into a group stage again very soon.



A good month, not a great one with that farcical performance against Airbus UK. Woodburn's goals are drying up like an African summer, but as long as Molyneaux and Blackburn are stepping up to the plate very nicely indeed.



Bala are hanging onto us for dear life, staying only just two points behind us as we continue to lead the way. Bangor look pretty much out of the running already in third. Surprised to see Llangefni struggle after nearly 14-15 concrete seasons in the Welsh top flight.


At long last we're taken over and my job is safe (not that it was under threat anyways). Nearly 5 million squid coming in too! Perhaps TNS will make it to the next level after all.


January funds, luvly jubbly!

NEXT UPDATE: January 2034

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