THE New Saints boss Andy Williams is “convinced” that the “attitude and commitment” of his players will see them “surprise many” during phase two of the Genero Adran Premier season.

Two wins, a draw and 11 losses from their first 14 games this term have left the Park Hall outfit propping up the table ahead of the split in the top flight.

When league fixtures resume in the new year, the bottom four of TNS, Port Talbot Town, Barry Town United and Pontypridd Town will be battling to avoid the drop.

Swansea City, Cardiff Met, Cardiff City and Aberystwyth Town will fight it out to have the honour of becoming the first champions of the Adran Premier.

This Sunday, all eight of the women’s top tier sides will be in action in the Adran Trophy last 16, with TNS hosting Adran North leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.

For Saints chief Williams, who last week marked 100 days in the Park Hall hotseat, his players already can’t wait to get stuck into the second phase of the campaign.

"The players are steadily warming to the challenge and relishing the opportunity during phase two of the season to show how talented they are as a collective,” he said.

“I am convinced that with their attitude and commitment, and the way they have embraced the competition, this group will surprise many come the end of the season.”

He added: “As a coaching group, we are happy we have assembled a very competitive playing squad that, 14 games in, is starting to show its best against the other established teams in the league.

“The competition through phase one has been very healthy, and we are privileged to be representing The New Saints in the inaugural season of the Genero Adran Premier.

“Each of the sides that we have played against have set out to play the game in the right way and to showcase women’s football – I believe we have added well to that shared approach.

“The FAW, along with their commercial and marketing partners, have created a wonderful platform for female players to experience elite football in the Welsh national league structure.”

Williams is in his second spell at the club and loving being part of it all again as the head of women and girls’ football.

“Having previously been the women’s first-team manager in 2017-18, TNS has gotten under my skin,” he said when speaking to the club’s official website.

“I can’t describe how proud I am to have the opportunity that is in front of me.

“Serving others, either empowering them individually with coaching or by creating pathways and opportunities for larger numbers, is work I will never tire of.”

He added: “As the area of greatest need, I have made the senior first-team my absolute priority and therefore the first-team manager’s role takes up most of my week.

“It is far more than the analysis, training sessions, match-days and media articles that form the public face many will see.

“Away from this hands-on role, I am responsible for growing the club’s footprint with regards to female football involvement, whether as a fan or as a potential future career opportunity.

“I have been extensively networking, meeting like-minded others who share the same objective as well as better understanding the local football landscape and what the current offer is for all women and girls of different ages and abilities.

“Interestingly, and importantly, this has included contact with a number of influential organisations that has supported our social responsibility.

“My best hope is to create some key partnerships with other cross-sector organisations that provide new and innovative opportunities for young aspiring females.

“This has been most beneficial, as I have established some contacts much further afield who have willingly shared best practice ideas that will generate exciting projects for the years ahead that will stand us in good stead.”