TNS COME ON STRONG TO BEAT COUNTY
TNS maintained their unbeaten start to the Welsh Premier season with a hard-fought 3-0 win at rainswept Haverfordwest.
Having been deposed as leaders by Barry Town the previous day, the Llansantffraid men returned to the summit after battling through atrocious first half conditions before getting into their stride after the break.
Haverfordwest, despite their lowly plight, proved a threat in the first half with Dylan Blain going close in a couple of goalmouth skirmishes while the visitors saw Gary Brabin's fierce 25-yard volley superbly tipped over the bar by keeper Gary Haman.
Despite a strong wind at their backs in the first period, TNS struggled to find any momentum but made the crucial breakthrough two minutes before half time when Chris King crossed from the left and Gary Brabin fired in from close range.
And the Saints never looked back from that moment as they carved a succession of good chances in the second half, only to be foiled by some fine saves from Haman.
With the conditions easing, the visitors slowly gained the upper hand with Mike Wilde pouncing to net the second from close range on 68 minutes after Haman had parried King's free kick.
Although Haverfordwest continued to battle hard, the points were in the bag seven minutes later when Steve Anthrobus headed home King's cross following a short corner.
Victory took TNS back to the top on goal difference from Barry, with the Saints continuing their miserly form that has seen them concede just three goals from their 11 league outings.