Above: Nicky Ward beats a Newtown defender.ON a day when the Welsh Premier rained goals, Saints extended their 100% record to three games, with a 5-2 win at Newtown.
Below: Newtown's Peter Smith wrestles with TNS duo Jimmy Aggrey and John Leah watched by Scott Ruscoe (back left) and Justin Wickham. (Photos by Phil Blagg, County Times).
In truth, it was a stroll in the Latham Park sunshine for TNS, who thoroughly outclassed the home side from the kick-off.
But for fine saves from 'keeper Steve Goodwin, the Robins could have been two down within the first five minutes, yet miraculously they survived to the interval with their goal intact.
Within two minutes of the restart, the flood gates finally opened. Leah played a great ball to Bridgwater on the right and his cross was headed home by Michael Wilde.
The game was effectively over on 66 minutes. Brabin met a corner and when his shot was blocked it fell to Jimmy Aggrey who fired home his first Welsh Premier goal from six yards.
The last eleven minutes of the game produced five more goals. Perry seized on a defensive error to shoot and when the save came to Nicky Ward he fired home from close range.
Ward was again on hand four minutes later to latch onto an inch perfect Simon Davies through ball for a simple chance.
Saints blotted their copybook in the closing stages with some sloppy defending.
Taylor was harshly judged to have fouled Steve Futcher and Danny Barton scored from the spot.
Then poor defending allowed Futcher through for a gift goal.
In between, yet another cross from the admirable Bridgwater found Scott Ruscoe, who crossed for Justin Perry to score.
Ex-Saints on the mark
Elsewhere, former TNS players were on the scoresheet. Bangor City led the goal rush with a 7-2 rout of Cwmbran Town - ex-Saints Ricky Evans, with two penalties, and man of the match, Paul Gedman, were among the scorers.
Newcomers Porthmadog maintained their fine start with a 3-0 defeat of Welshpool Town in their third meeting already this season.
Aden Shannon became the first Ancients player ever to score a WP hat-trick, as NEWI Cefn Druids got off the mark in fine style with a 5-3 home win against Afan Lido, in front of a paltry crowd of 76.
The introduction of some new blood helped Barry to an improved performance, but they still lost 1-3 at home to Caersws.
And another former Saint, Marc Limbert, grabbed a brace as Rhyl came back to draw from two-nil down at Aberystwyth, in front of the day's best attendance of 417.
Hancock and Mutton saw red as Nomads gained a point at Victoria Road.
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