Saints fill their Christmas stocking
WELSHPOOL keeper Gerard McGuigan tried to play Scrooge, but Saints filled their Christmas stocking with a 2-1 success at Maesydre.
Despite McGuigan's heroics and a late goal from Steve Rogerts, the TNS win was throroughly deserved as they dominated much of the proceedings.
Chris King was first to test the home keeper before Michael Wilde provided the cross for Marc Lloyd Williams to see his header saved.
Wilde then had a header and a shot turned away by the former Porthmadog and Rhyl keeper, who was in inspired form.
But his one lapse cost Welshpool dear as he failed to cut out a Tommy Holmes cross in the 22nd minute and Wilde stabbed home from close range.
But the stopper was soon back in the groove, keeping out Jamie Wood's shot with his legs before saving Wilde's follow-up shot.
Welshpool's only 'chance' of the first half came from a Mike Thompson free-kick which hit the defensive wall as they struggled to mount a serious attack.
A superb Lloyd Williams burst from midfield ended with his shot going wide before TNS doubled their lead. A free-kick found Steve Evans on the left hand by-line and he somehow lobbed a shot into the far corner over McGuigan's head.
Gerard Doherty was forced to tip a shot over the bar as Pool staged a rally, with Phil Baker seeing his shot saved at the other end.
But the Lilywhites gave themselves a lifeline when Steve Rogers held off defenders in the 70th minute before planting his shot across Doherty into the far corner.
Welshpool's niggling tactics had seen a second half brawl as referee Cavanagh lost control, but the Saints kept their cool in the closing stages to ensure they benefitted fully from Port Talbot's home defeat, to go 12 points clear at the top of the table.