THE New Saints FC have confirmed they are considering an appeal after their case brought against the Football Association of Wales (FAW) was dismissed in the High Court, to their 'extreme disappointment'.

On Monday, the club received the decision from Justice Marcus Smith that he had ruled against their complaint that sporting merit had not been exercised by the FAW in May when it ended the season early and awarded the title to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Saints had argued that the Cymru Premier League rule 17.9 – the records of any club ceasing to operate during phase two should be expunged – should have been applied to all clubs when the Covid-19 lockdown was announced.

Mr Justice Smith dismissed their claim and said he felt the FAW's decision making had been fair, and he also refused a right to appeal from Saints to the High Court.

However, it may be possible for TNS to take their case to the Court of Appeal, which is one option the club is considering following their defeat.

A spokesman said: “In light of today’s High Court ruling, The New Saints FC are extremely disappointed with the outcome and are considering an appeal after Judge Mr Justice Marcus Smith dismissed The New Saints’ claim that the FAW curtailed the Cymru Premier prematurely, using an unweighted points per game method in place of a more traditional sporting merit outcome.”

At the High Court hearing on Monday, Mr Justice Smith said: "I am not going to give permission to appeal as the shape of the point of 17.9 did not fit in the way that claimant was trying to appeal it.

"It seems to be that the decisions made by the FAW seemed right."