Champions Saints take aim at treble

Published date: 09 March 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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Craig Harrison 

CRAIG Harrison has ranked TNS’ sixth consecutive Dafabet Welsh Premier title as one of his best after they sealed the championship on Saturday.

The Saints host closest rivals Bala Town on Sunday (4.15) with their coach saluting his players for a record breaking campaign.

“At the start of the season there were questions asked of us about letting players go and that we were not going to win the league.

“That’s why winning the league this year was probably my second favourite out of the lot since our win in 2011. I think it’s possibly the smallest squad we’ve won it with.

“We had three goalkeepers and 19 outfield players. Last year, I had 26 but what’s been important this year is the quality of the players and any being able to play at any time.”

The Saints coach admitted the squad had been self critical following a stuttering start to 2017 which included the end of their long unbeaten league run and crashing out of the IRN Bru Cup at St Mirren.

“We had a good week’s training and a few truths were told,” said Harrison. “When you get criticised you’ve got to accept it, move on and take the positives from it.

“Our players knew last week's Welsh Cup display wasn’t good enough but the performance and result on Saturday was brilliant.”

Harrison insisted he would never tire of winning silverware for the Oswestry club with the Welsh Cup the next target.

“I’ll never get sick of this or of the relentlessness of the players, who are the most important part of the club, with a little bit of guidance from myself and my staff,” said Harrison. “It’s a group effort.”

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