|TNS 4-0 PORTHMADOG
Sat 13 Sep 2021 - Welsh Premier, Home
Gerard McGuigan can only look on as his blunder allows man of the match John Toner to score his and Saints' second goal (Photo by Keith Williams, Sportpixs)
TNS went top of the Welsh Premier - maintaining their 100% record after four games - with a comprehensive 4-0 win over new boys, Porthmadog.Aber move into second
But the visitors could blame defensive errors for all four goals after making a bright start to the match at Treflan.
After an uncertain opening period, TNS were forced to replace Nicky Ward (hamstring) with Justin Perry on 14 minutes, and immediately took the lead. The Porthmadog defence failed to deal with a free kick and John Toner hooked the ball into an empty net.
Perry missed a sitter on 28 minutes, then man of the match Toner scored again. Gerard McGuigan failed to collect a long ball and Toner coolly lobbed into another undefended goalmouth.
Seven minutes before the break, a Bridgwater cross found Scott Ruscoe in acres of space on the left flank and his cross eluded Saints' Jamie Wood, the Port defence and keeper McGuigan to sail into the goal unaided.
Ten minutes into the second period, Chris Taylor rose to head home a Ruscoe corner at the far post to ensure there was no way back for Port.
Saints went into the game without key defenders Tommy Holmes and Jimmy Aggrey, who has just signed a two-year contract. But they were able to welcome back stalwart Steve Evans after a hernia operation for his first League appearance of the season.
Porthmadog manager, Viv Williams, was philosophical in defeat.
"All our goals came from defensive errors, but I can't criticise the players involved because they have done really well for us this season," he said.
"TNS are a well organised side and losing here 4-0 is no disgrace.
Elsewhere, Marc Lloyd-Williams scored twice as Aberystwyth moved into second spot with a 4-0 win on Deeside against Connah's Quay.
Bangor were without a game and Rhyl took the chance to join them on 10 points courtesy of a 4-0 beating of luckless Barry. Former TNS stalwart Timmy Edwards scored twice.
Caersws missed the chance to join the leaders as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Caernarfon.
And Steve Rogers scored Welshpool's clincher as they leapfrogged several places up the table with a win over NEWI Cefn Druids at Maesydre.