Andy Preece

DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece relished the moment as his side hit the top of the Welsh Premier with a 2-1 win over defending champions The New Saints.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to be top of the league after 12 games, it's a fantastic achievement by a club like ours, but the aim still is the top six, if we can finish in there we have done something we've never done in our history," Preece said.

"That's a starting point, wherever we finish in that top six if we can do it, then we'll have a look again but you've seen today what a great team TNS are.

"When they move the ball and pass it they are so difficult to play against and you have to work so hard, our lads are absolutely shattered because they've worked so hard for each other.

"Really, they didn't create too many opportunities, they had more in the first half than they did in the second half, and I think we nullified them well.

"We're always dangerous on the break and at set-pieces as well, so the lads deserved that, they've been awesome all season, and hopefully we can continue that on."

Preece's game plan was to snuff-out the threat of the Saints' midfield: "You can't go into a game against TNS with no game plan because they are just too good a team, they'll play round you, so we worked hard to try and nullify their midfielders because their passing and movement and rotation is superb," he added.

"It's a tough thing to do and to play yourself and we gave them enough problems, especially in the first half and later on in the second half.

"What we didn't want to do was just to be sat back and let them have 90% possession and I think we more than matched them for chances and danger with our passing and movement so we can do it, but they are week in week out playing every day so they've got that advantage but credit to our lads today."

Chris Budrys was the goal hero with a brace and Preece acknowledged his striker's contribution.

"It's a thankless task playing up front sometimes on your own but he's worth two or three players the way he puts himself about.

"He's been brilliant all season and he deserves the goals for the work rate he puts in and he takes a lot of knocks, doesn't get too many free kicks, but he keeps going, he doesn't moan, he just gets on with it and a superb performance by him."

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