The New Saints boss Scott Ruscoe admits he is happy to have another bite of the cherry to take home a win at Bala Town on Saturday.

TNS pulled clawed back a two-goal deficit in their first trip to the Lakesiders last month but with only a few minutes remaining on the clock, the Maes Tegid floodlights gave out.

Ruscoe believes his side were on their way to claiming a comeback victory and his hoping that this time around, his TNS side can start quickly against a good Bala opposition.

“You can look at it two ways – we were 2-0 down and we came back to 2-2, and you’ve got to be happy with that,” said Ruscoe.

“But we had a period after that where we could have got a winner because were pushing on.

“Other people may have said we should have been content with a point but my point was no, we could have got a winner.”

As the Cymru Premier League fixtures begin to recover from the Welsh Government’s fire-break lockdown, Ruscoe admits he is expecting his side to learn from both last time out at Bala but also their tight 3-2 home win over Haverfordwest two weeks ago.

But he also believes his side will be much stronger than the win with the return of vital players.

He added: “We’ve learnt what our deficiencies are from the first game – we weren’t great in the first half hour and they played a lot of balls over the top that we didn’t compete with.

“They caused us some trouble, but having sad that hopefully have a few players back in the squad who will be able to cope with that.

“We’ve got three to four players back from when we played Haverfordwest, where we weren’t at our best. I thought we deserved a draw but it is fair to say that we were lucky to get all three points.

“Bala have very good delivery and are a threat.; they turn you around quickly and into wide areas. They play to what they know and they cause people problems because they turn them around.

“We have got to deal with the first ball, the second ball and then we’ve got to play, which we usually do at Bala.

“It’s vital that Blaine Hudson is back, but we also have Jamie Mullan back in contention, plus Tom Holland and Jon Routledge as well.”

The clash with Bala kicks off at 5.15pm and is also live on S4C’s Sgorio show.

Victory for TNS could send them eight points clear at the top, as the league table begins to take shape.

They will then host Barry Town United at Park Hall the following weekend.