Saints battle to three points
AN unconvincing second-half display saw Saints survive a second-half comeback by the Canaries to hold on for a 2-1 verdict.
A hectic opening three minutes proved crucial to the outcome as Dylan Owen’s header first hit the TNS crossbar from a Jimmy McNulty cross with Gerard Doherty beaten.
But from the resulting breakaway, Town defender Dan March inexplicably handled Scott Ruscoe’s through ball under pressure from Marc Lloyd Williams, who swept his 17th league goal of the season past Paul Pritchard from the penalty spot.
Doherty was forced to get down to save an Eifion Jones header from another McNulty cross, while at the other end, Nicky Ward’s spectacular overhead kick was tipped away by Pritchard.
TNS went further ahead on 26 minutes when Steve Evans got his head to a corner for Martin Naylor to drive home from eight yards.
A Lloyd Williams run ended with a shot just off target and he then headed over from Ruscoe's delivery.
A Chris King shot was also deflected wide by a defender as TNS ended the first half seemingly in control, but the Canaries came out for the second half full of fight and succeeded where many others had failed by breaching the TNS goal for the first time in 791 minutes of football.
Steve Watkin rose unopposed at the far post to head in from Dylan Owen’s cross, but although sub Gwyn Peters almost capitalised on a stray Phil Baker pass, the champions held on for the points.