Stylish Saints overpower the Seasiders
THE Saints reclaimed top spot in the table with a comprehensive defeat of Aberystwyth, who would have conceded more goals but for the woodwork and some fine saves from ex-Rotherham keeper Steven Cann.
Craig Jones and Craig Williams notched a brace apiece, while the defence kept a clean sheet for the sixth consecutive league game and the ninth in all competitions.
The Seasiders' strategy worked until just after the break, as they frustrated the TNS attack and tried to counter on the break.
Scott Ruscoe just failed to control an excellent Phil Baker pass and then shot wide, while Alex Darlington was only denied by Cann's excellent stop.
But the visitors' defence was breached soon after the break when Craig Williams picked-out Darlington on the edge of the box from a free kick and, when Cann failed to hold his fierce shot, Craig Jones got the final touch with his head from close range.
Three minutes later, Jones turned provider with a right-wing cross that was sidefooted home by Williams from six yards.
Darlington was inches wide of the target with another set-piece and Cann made a diving save from Williams, who then found himself in the clear to score after a superb through ball from sub Chris Seargeant.
Matthew Berkeley's run and shot ended with another good Cann save, Ruscoe sent a shot narrowly wide of the far post and Seargeant hit the post after rounding Cann.
But TNS were not to be denied a fourth as Jones rounded the keeper in stoppage time to fire into the empty net.