Bluebirds are lambs to the slaughter
RECALLED striker Carl Lamb led the way with a first-half brace as TNS boss Ken McKenna hailed one of his side’s best first-half performances for several seasons.
Lamb, who fired a hat-trick for the reserves earlier in the week, produced a couple of fine finishes at the start and end of the first period as the Saints ensured a happy trek home from West Wales.
John Leah and replacement John Toner also found the net to keep the defending champions two points clear at the top of the table.
And McKenna was thrilled at the way his side approached the task as they reeled off their 12th league win on the trot despite again fielding a makeshift forward line.
“The first half was the best I can remember us playing for some time,” he said.
“Considering we’re still short of forwards, the lads were superb. It was good to see Lamby get a couple of great goals while we also hit the post a couple of times and their keeper made some good saves.”
Lamb opened his account after just three minutes when latching onto a through-ball to produce some neat skill to fire home with the outside of his foot.
After several chances had gone begging, the striker then doubled the margin when meeting a 43rd-minute cross with a diving header to give the visitors some breathing space.
John Leah then crashed home the third in first-half stoppage time, his strike from distance fizzing into the net following a well-worked corner routine.
Haverfordwest came more into the game in the second half, giving their high-flying visitors more to think about.
But there was realistically no way back and Toner completed the scoring in the last minute when pouncing on the rebound after Lee Idzi had parried an initial shot.