ANXIOUS TNS FORCED TO WAIT FOR TITLE
TNS remain two points clear at the top of the League of Wales after this victory - but now they can only sit and wait to see whether they have done enough to land the title.
The leaders completed their programme with a vital win, knowing they will be crowned champions if Barry Town fail to beat Connah's Quay Nomads on Saturday.
A 26th-minute strike from Anthony Wright was enough to secure the points in the closest title race for several seasons, the striker firing past keeper Mike Barton from 12 yards after latching on to a pass from Chris Edge.
But the Saints had their scares against a battling Rhayader side, who went close to levelling just two minutes later when midfielder Lee Matthews broke upfield only for Edge to race back and clear the ball off the line.
The visitors almost added a second close to half-time, when Gierke's dipping volley was superbly tipped away by Barton.
And they also started the second half brightly, with the impressive Wright firing agonisingly wide after beating the keeper.
But Rhayader, now clear of relegation fears, refused to surrender and went close to retrieving the game during a promising spell midway through the second half, as their visitors started to look tense.
The lively Matthews crashed one effort over, while Chris Pike's cross-shot deceived keeper Williams before clipping the bar.
The Saints held firm though and went close to increasing their lead, with Wright having a goal disallowed for offside and then chipping against the bar following a jinking run.
NOTE: TNS won the title after Barry Town finished runners-up, two points adrift, losing 2-0 at Connah's Quay Nomads in their final game of the season.
The Saints' championship winning squad is pictured right.
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