You wait a month for your first win of the season and then two come along in the space of a few days.

Last Sunday saw The New Saints beat Wrexham to progress in the Welsh Cup and on Wednesday they secured victory over Aberystwyth Town in the Genero Adran Premier.

Two successes, two clean sheets, a place in the next round of the cup and points on the board in the league represents a great week for manager Andy Williams and his women.

Things could get even better for them this weekend when they head to Victoria Road to take on Port Talbot Town, the only side below them in the league table.

It’s not been an easy start to life as a top-tier club for the Saints, but Williams feels everything is now falling into place.

“We all know where we have come from and what went before,” he said. “I just think it was the structures that needed re-establishing, and we knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight.

“It’s taken a little bit longer than we planned but we are where we hoped we would be and on track after a few wins.

“We’ve seen a gradual improvement in the team since the first game against Pontypridd Town, without a doubt.

“We didn’t play too badly but Pontypridd were better than us and were full value for the three points.

“We were all over the place in the Barry game, but there were reasons for that which were out of our control.

"We played much better against Cardiff City at home and Cardiff Met away after tweaking a few things.

“You could see last weekend the players were really confident, the same for Wednesday night’s game.

“You hope to win games, you don’t expect to win, so to get two in a row is great for everyone.

“We could see that first win coming and I’m really pleased for the squad and staff.

“We’ve had a great week with two good wins, we’re in the next round of the cup and we’ve got some points on the board in the league.”

Explaining the factors behind the upturn in fortunes, he added: “We’ve got players now that we didn’t have at the start of the season.

"We had a group of players but they were held up by registration so we weren’t able to pick the team we wanted from the start.

"That hindered everything, but those players are available now.

“We also had one or two injuries to players we had signed and they weren’t available, and one or two weren’t quite match sharp but they are now.

“The third thing is we’ve made some key signings who have increased the age of the team.

“We’ve brought back a few players we had before who we knew about. They have added that extra level of experience that we were missing with a relatively young squad.

“They have all come together now and you can see it on the pitch. We’ve come on so much in the past three weeks.

“We’ve also got some really intelligent and highly-skilled coaching staff in Sarah Lowden and Greg Draper.

“The three of us work really well together and support each others’ thinking.

“We are able to construct a coaching plan that works to the strengths of the team.

“We’re moving forward week by week and you can see progress being made.

“We’ve got a huge way to go. We know there is a huge gap between the top three and the rest of the league.

“It’s up to us to work as effectively as we can to close that gap as much as we can and as quickly as we can.

“We know there will be times when we take two steps backwards but if we keep trying to go forward and keep making progress, we’ll see how far we can get.”

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After starting the season with a 2-1 defeat to Pontypridd Town, the Saints lost 7-2 at Barry Town United, before reverses against Cardiff City and Cardiff Met.

“Winning on Sunday took away that sense of urgency to get a result in the league,” said Williams.

“Most people involved in football know that when you get on a losing streak it’s difficult to turn it around.

“You don’t know where that win is coming from.

“We could all sense that first win wasn’t far away and Sunday was big in a psychological sense, it released all that pressure.

“We could then go into Wednesday’s game more relaxed.

“It was matchday five of the season, so that’s 25% gone, and if we had finished that block without any points then we probably would have been concerned.

“It’s really important we got some points and stayed in touch.”

Williams concedes that the two Cardiff clubs and Swansea City are out of reach of the rest in the Adran Premier, but that doesn’t mean the Oswestry outfit are not aiming high.

“We have to follow up Wednesday’s win,” he said. “We’ve got to put back-to-back results together, that’s what all the teams in this league are aiming to do.

“It’s that level of consistency that separates the elite and everybody else.

“Pontypridd, Barry, Aberystwyth, Port Talbot and ourselves are very much at the same level as each other, while the other three are left to fight it out at the top.

“We have aspirations of being one of those top teams, and I don’t think that’s insurmountable.

“I’m really pleased with all of our players. The togetherness in this group is as good as I’ve seen in any group of players.

“Most importantly, we’re representing the national league and being a part of something we feel privileged to be a part of.

“I know the group and club are extremely proud to be playing a part this season.”