TNS too good for plucky Bucks
PHIL Baker scored his first goal for the club to set TNS on their way to a throughly-deserved victory against Telford at the New Bucks Head.
The summer acquisition from Bangor City drilled a superb shot from 30 yards after just nine minutes which gave home keeper Steve Taylor no chance.
Saints went on to dominate much of the possession and could well have extended their lead in the first-half with Steve Evans going close at the far post from a set-piece and John Lawless sending a long range effort from the left across the face of goal.
Steven Beck fired over from 25 yards and Nicky Ward's ambitious overhead kick also missed the target.
The Bucks were under pressure but looked dangerous on the break, particularly through the lively Alfie Carter down the left hand side.
Carter fired a warning when he got past his marker to send a lob onto the roof of the net and was then denied when one-on-one with Doherty, who did well to snuff out the danger.
It was no surprise that the Bucks equaliser came from the same source on the stroke of half-time, when Carter's low cross was deflected into the path of Leon Drysdale, who made no mistake from close range.
A flurry of second-half substitutions failed to disturb the flow of an entertaining contest and Ward was only prevented from putting Saints back in front by a superb stop from Taylor.
The arrival of strike duo Mike Wilde and Marc Lloyd Williams on the hour almost paid manager Ken McKenna an immediate dividend when Wilde's cross from the right was well met by Jiws only for Taylor to turn his shot away.
It was left to Scott Ruscoe to score the winner on 76 minutes after good work by Lawless, with a virtual carbon copy of Baker's goal, but the plucky Bucks nearly grabbed an equaliser as Gerard Doherty made a fine save to stop Bruce Wheeler and then saw another effort hit the foot of a post.