AFTER almost 200 games and close to 600 goals, the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier title race has gone all the way to the final Saturday of the season for the first time in nearly a decade.

The maths is simple – victory for Connah’s Quay Nomads away to Penybont today and the title is theirs for the second year running.

But if Andy Morrison’s men drop points then The New Saints, managed by Anthony Limbrick, could claim a 10th title in 12 years courtesy of a home win against Bala Town.

The Saints were involved the last time the destination of the championship was determined on the final day, and on that occasion they came out on top in a winner-takes-all clash with Bangor City.

This time, both sides will be missing key players – Michael Wilde and Danny Redmond are suspended for the Nomads and Saints respectively – on a day the fans would have loved to be a part of.

“We’ve got to look after ourselves, win the game, and if we do that then we won’t have to worry about anything else,” said Nomads supremo Morrison.

“To go into the final day in the position we are, we couldn’t really ask for anything more – it’s all in our hands and we control our own destiny.

“I’ve said to the players to just focus on ourselves and if we do that then everything will take care of itself.

“We’ve got to make sure we are prepared, start off on the front foot and then find a way to win the game.”


He added: “In some ways, this season has been tougher than the last one.

“There have been no fans and it has been a struggle to create any atmosphere, but we have carried on from where we left off last season.

“I think it’s about consistency. We’ve been consistent week after week.

“We’ve gone on some fantastic runs, and when we have lost, we’ve been able to bounce back with four or five wins on the spin, and the players have been ruthless.”

As for missing former Saints striker Wilde, Morrison said: “Michael has been incredible this season, absolutely remarkable.

“He’s a big miss, but it will give somebody else an opportunity to be the hero on the day, the one who scores the goal that brings the trophy back to Deeside Stadium.

“The lads are ready to go out and climb the mountain again.”

Australian Limbrick only joined the Saints at the start of April following the shock departure of Scott Ruscoe.

“The only thing we can do is win our game and then see where we are. We have to hold up our end of the bargain first,” he said.

“Whoever finishes top deserves to be there, and good luck to the Nomads if it’s them.

“The team in front is under more pressure.

“Penybont are a good side, we had two tough games against them, and I think it will be tough for the Nomads.”

Reflecting on his own position, he added: “It’s a unique situation. Not many managers come into job where they are three points off the top and have a chance to win the title.

“When you are the head coach at TNS there is an expectation to win games and leagues.

“You want to play or coach in the best games, with the most pressure on at the highest stakes and there’s no more than that this weekend so we’re going to go out an enjoy it and try and get the three points.”

Both games get under way at noon. Elsewhere on the final day of the regular season, Barry Town United host Caernarfon Town, Haverfordwest County entertain Cefn Druids, Flint Town go to Cardiff Met and Aberystwyth Town head to Newtown.