NO CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FOR POOL
TNS maintained their unbeaten form at the top of the Welsh Premier with a 2-0 victory over battling neighbours Welshpool.
The Llansantffraid men held the upper hand for most of the encounter and only some fine saves from visiting keeper Steve Goodwin denied the full-timers a more emphatic scoreline.
Watched by a season's best crowd of 628, the league leaders sounded a warning in the first minute when a long range free kick from John Leah was turned over the bar by Goodwin who then twice denied Scott Ruscoe on 16 and 27 minutes.
But the breakthrough came on the half hour when Leah's fierce 20-yard shot was deflected for a corner and from Ruscoe's resulting flag kick from the left, Chris Taylor was left unmarked to head home at the far post.
Although Joel Kinsey had one effort saved by home keeper Gerard Doherty in one of Pool's few raids, TNS continued to push forward only to be denied by a determined Welshpool rearguard.
The hosts finally doubled the lead on 65 minutes as Goodwin failed to control a firmly hit back pass from Lee Davies, Justin Perry won the race to the loose ball before being tripped by the keeper in the box.
Goodwin recieved a yellow card for the foul and defender Steve Evans stepped up to despatch the resulting penalty.
Pool, despite their efforts, rarely looked likely to find a way back into the game while at the other end, Goodwin pulled off a fine double save to deny Ruscoe and LEah from the rebound as the Saints called the tune.