Ruscoe at the double to sink Druids
A QUICK brace from Scott Ruscoe and another goal from Luke Holden inside the first 22 minutes effectively ended the game as a contest and ensured The New Saints extracted revenge for their opening day Welsh Premier defeat at Plas Kynaston.
But, with the unambitious Ancients refusing to come out of their shell, the Saints were unable to add to their goal tally and were forced to settle for a 3-0 win.
Ruscoe opened the TNS account after seven minutes, firing home from Jamie Wood's right-wing cross and, after visiting keeper Chris Mullock had tipped over Phil Baker's 30-yarder, Ruscoe struck again from inside the box after good work down the left by Holden.
Alfie Carter set-up the third, taking the ball round Mullock before laying off to Ruscoe, who provided for Holden to head-in from 12 yards after his initial shot had been parried by the keeper.
Only a last ditch clearance by Aled Rowlands prevented Carter from adding his name to the scorers following Steven Beck's incisive through pass, while a long range effort from Timmy Edwards was Druids' only first-half contribution.
Holden should have added another after the break, firing wide when well-placed, while TNS keeper Paul Harrison was forced into some rare hand warming when easily dealing with Chris McGinn's shot.
Mullock denied Ruscoe his hat-trick with a fine tip over the bar and cut-out Martyn Naylor's low cross from the feet of fellow sub Carl Lamb.
Chris McGinn's shot for Druids was dealt with by Harrison while John Leah was inches wide from adding the fourth with a 25-yarder that fizzed narrowly wide of a post.
Saints' boss Ken McKenna was happy with the three points and a clean sheet and, with the other results going their way, the Saints ended the weekend two points clear at the top of the table.