Saints are in seventh heaven
THE New Saints responded to Ken McKenna's urgings to finish off their opponents by rediscovering their killer instinct and destroying Caernarfon Town on their own patch.
Yet the Canaries were somewhat unfortunate at the scale of the drubbing because they created enough chances to have made an impact themselves.
Saints gave the hosts their customary one goal start at The Oval allowing Mark Thomas to rise unmarked to head-in from a seventh minute James Thomas corner, but home joy was short-lived.
Keeper Vinnie Whelan's error gifted Jamie Wood an equaliser on the quarter hour, before Steven Beck took advantage of some sloppy defending to fire Saints ahead three minutes later.
In Caernarfon’s counter-attacks, John Rowley steered the ball on the wrong side of the near post, after rushing on to James Thomas’s low left-wing cross and then a John Rowley header was fended away by keeper Paul Harrison.
In the second half the floodgates opened with Luke Holden prodding the third goal from a few yards after Michael Wilde’s right-wing cross had sliced through Town’s bewildered defence.
Wood used his head at close range to convert a Holden cross on 63 minutes and Beck fired from the edge of the box on 68 minutes to convert another Holden creation.
Leah swept home a 73rd-minute penalty after Chris King had been fouled by the home team’s Eifion Jones, but the Canaries should have claimed another consolation goal when John Rowley was felled by substitute Robbie Williams, only for the striker's penalty to be well saved by Paul Harrison.
And the final tally became 7-1 thanks to Wilde, who enjoyed a free header a couple of minutes from the final whistle.
Caernarfon boss Steve O’Shaughnessy said: "TNS are a good side and we were punished heavily for some defensive mistakes.
"In the second period it became men against boys, as they tore into us and they are a talented side after all."
Saints had several candidates for man-of-the-match, with Beck and Wood always prominent and Holden enjoying his best game yet after a disappointing spell, while over-fussy referee Simon Jones somehow managed to book three TNS players in a game that was played in a good spirit throughout.