New Saints player Adrian Cieslewicz in action for former club Wrexham.
New Saints player Adrian Cieslewicz in action for former club Wrexham. Clive Brunskill

Welsh side equals world record winning streak

FOOTBALL: Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints have won for the 26th consecutive game, equalling a world record.

The Oswestry-based club defeated Cefn Druids 4-0 on Boxing Day and if it beats the same opponent on Friday, it will beat the record set by Ajax in the Netherlands in 1972.

That team included the likes of the late Johan Cruyff and Johann Neeskens.

Manager Craig Harrison's team has already established a Welsh Premier League record for consecutive wins, beating Bangor City's mark.

Two goals by Adrian Cieslewicz and one each for Alex Darlington and Greg Draper clinched win No.26.

The Saints are 21 points clear at the top of the table and as the season reaches the halfway point are on course to win a sixth consecutive title.

They are also still on course to win the domestic Welsh treble for a third successive year.

Ajax, from Amsterdam, won 26 games in a row in all competitions, including 19 league wins in the Eredivisie, four European Cup victories and three Dutch Cup wins.

Earlier this year Scottish team East Kilbride won 30 straight games and was sent a crate of beer from Ajax in recognition.

But that feat has not been recognised by Guinness World Records as the team plays in the fifth-tier Lowland League.