Saints go Wilde for the double
MICHAEL Wilde scored a hat-trick and twice hit the woodwork as TNS overwhelmed the Steelmen to clinch the double.
The result was never in doubt from as early as the seventh minute, when Robert Cockings miskicked his attempted clearance to John Toner, who squared for Nicky Ward to score from eight yards.
Toner was also instrumental in the second after 16 minutes, ending his run down the right with a dink over the top of the Port Talbot defence for Wilde to lob into the top corner of Steffan Rogers' net.
The Steelmen were constantly on the back foot against a dominant Saints, although Chris Pridham went close with a curling shot, while Ward came close to extending the Saints' lead with a shot that was well saved.
Immediately on the restart, Wilde hit a post from Alfie Carter's pass. Talbot threatened briefly when Tom Hooper's snap shot fizzed past a post, but the third TNS goal arrived on the hour when Wilde headed in following a quickly taken free-kick by Ward and John Leah.
Denied his hat-trick by the cross bar following up a Rogers' parry from Leah's shot, Wilde found the net again nine minutes from time with a simple tap-in after Carter had beaten the markers down the left and crossed into the box.