TNS pay the penalty as unbeaten run ends
WITH TNS pushing for a winner, they surrendered their 35-match unbeaten record as Carmarthen snatched a goal four minutes from time.
For the second time in the match, the Saints' defence was caught too far upfield and Wayne Jones found Nathan Cotterrall on the left. Gerard Doherty somewhat clumsily brought him down wide on the edge of the box and the wingman stepped up to slot home the penalty.
TNS had gone behind five minutes after the break in similar circumstances when Cotterrall found acres of space and saw his shot half-saved by Doherty before rolling into the back of the net.
The Saints were sparked into waves of attacks which bore fruit 16 minutes later when Michael Wilde ran down the right before crossing to the far side of the box for Tommy Holmes to control well and fire his second goal of the campaign.
Steve Evans had a shot saved in the opening minute of the game by Andrew Delve who rarely put a foot wrong all night but, after Carmarthen's Mark Dodds hit the angle of post and bar, the best chance was created by Martyn Naylor's surging run. The midfielder opted for a power shot and Delve turned it away.
Once level, Saints pressured the Town defence with Wilde, Marc Lloyd Williams and Naylor all testing the keeper and Scott Ruscoe blazing good opportunity over the bar.
And the misses proved costly as Cotterall's penalty sentenced TNS to their first league defeat since March 2005.