TNS will embark on their UEFA Conference adventure next week following a successful pre-season tour of Scotland.

The Oswestry-based side ventured north of the border last week to step up their preparations for their forthcoming UEFA Conference clash with Glentoran of Northern Ireland.

The Saints were based at St Andrews University and travelled to Bayview Stadium, the home of Scottish Football League One side East Fife, for their opening friendly which ended 1-1 courtesy of an Adrian Cieslewicz penalty.

The Saints travelled Cumnock to take on Ayr United and despite boasting plenty of possession the Oswestry side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Scottish Championship side.

Head coach Anthony Limbrick was delighted with the club’s pre-season tour.

“A lot of organisation goes into getting the lads out onto the pitch on a tour like this so so full credit to all the staff,” said Limbrick.

“This tour was all about experience, getting minutes played and preparing for the matches against Glentoran.

“The results were not as important as the performances and I felt we could take plenty of positives from the two games.

“Nobody likes to lose but against Ayr we created chances and while it was disappointing to concede from a set piece it will not do the players any harm to have a reminder of the importance of defending set plays.

“In many ways it was the perfect match against a physical opponent who we expect to be similar to Glentoran.

“So I think on reflection we can be happy with plenty of positive and learn from the errors.”

TNS end their preparations with their final friendly at Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers on Thursday.

The game will be played at Marston Road, Stafford and kicks off at 7.45pm.

There will be no segregation of fans but those attending must wear face masks when seated in the main stand and when indoors.

Entry is £5 with free admission to those under the age of16. Tickets can be purchased via the Stafford Rangers’ website.