Stroll in the Park for Saints
THE New Saints put two league defeats behind them to demolish Caersws 6-0 in their first-ever Welsh Premier game at Park Hall.
It took the Saints less than two minutes to adapt to their new surroundings, Luke Holden's left wing cross to the near post inviting Alfie Carter to toe-poke the ball into goalkeeper Andy Mulliner's far corner.
TNS went two up in the 11th-minute with a goal that was virtual replica of the first, Chris King setting-up Scott Ruscoe whose inside pass was converted by Michael Wilde.
Graham Evans brought a good save from Gerard Doherty in the Bluebirds' only threatening attack of the game before Saints forged further ahead. A Ruscoe corner was headed back by Michael Taylor but Mulliner's punch hit the bar and when the ball finally came back to Taylor he sent a cool cross to the far post for Carter to head past the keeper.
King's inch-perfect cross provided for Wilde's second, a header that sent TNS into the break four goals to the good.
Caersws made two half-time changes in an attempt to try and stop the rot, but it had little effect as Duane Courtney's cross was headed on by Carter for Holden to score at the far post.
Carter then completed his hat-trick with the best goal of the afternoon, a back-header from Holden's free-kick.
A record score looked on the cards, but although countless other chances came and went, the Saints could not add any more to the scoreline, although youth sub Ryan Marriott created a couple of good openings in a late cameo appearance.
There was much to admire about this performance on a superb surface which will certainly suit the Saints' style of play, but future opponents are unlikely to be as weak as the Bluebirds.