Talbot's sting in the tail for TNS
A GOAL in the third minute of added time from substitute Richard French handed the spoils to Port Talbot as TNS slumped to their first league defeat of the season.
Despite dominate much of the opening half and taking a 19th minute lead through Nicky Ward, the Saints turned in a poor second-half display to surrender the advantage to the Steelmen.
There was no hint of the drama to come as TNS controlled the opening half. After four minutes Barry Hogan released Alfie Carter but Matthew Rees made a timely interception just inside the penalty area. Martin Rose made a vital goalmouth challenge on Greg Stones following a corner from Scott Ruscoe and when a back pass by Chad Bond was snapped up by Carter he shot wide from eight yards.
Saints went in front on 19 minutes when Duane Courtney fed Alfie Carter whose cross eluded Matthew Rees and Lee Surman for Ward to sweep home from eight yards.
Rose's narrow-angled shot flew across the face of the goal in a rare Talbot attack and TNS were denied a second goal when Stones hit the bar with a header and Michael Jackson saw his back-heeled effort saved as the hosts struggled to get into the game.
But they showed signs of a revival just before the break when Dylan Blain's shot was saved by Gerard Doherty, who was almost caught flat-footed on the stroke of half-time by a 30-yarder from Dyfan Pierce.
Straight from the kick-off, the Steelmen levelled, winning a corner on the right which was headed-in unmarked at the far post by Pierce. Martin Rose hit the side-netting for Town, but Steven Beck should have put TNS back in front when sending his shot across the face of goal.
Ward's attempted lob from 18 yards went just over the bar and with a draw on the cards, French drove home his angled shot from just inside the box to send the home fans into raptures.