DEFENSIVE GIFTS SEND SAINTS TO THE TOP
Port's Alun Morgan cannot prevent John Toner from scoring Saints' opener [Keith Williams, Sportpixs].
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SAINTS went top of the Welsh Premier and maintained their 100% start to the season, with a comprehensive 4-0 win over new boys, Porthmadog.
But the visitors could blame defensive errors for all four goals after making a bright start to the match at a sun-drenched Treflan.
TNS were slow to settle and an 11th minute corner almost caught them out at the near post, before in-form striker Carl Owen blazed a shot over the bar.
When Nicky Ward sustained a hamstring injury after 14 minutes, he was replaced by Justin Perry and almost immediately Saints took the lead.
The Porthmadog defence failed to deal with Gary Brabin's long free kick and John Toner hooked the ball into an empty net from wide of the far post.
Davies and Toner linked up twice to good effect, first putting Perry clear, but he missed a sitter in front of goal. Ruscoe then blazed wide from the next move but on 28 minutes, man of the match Toner scored again.
Port 'keeper Gerard McGuigan added to his earlier error by mis-kicking a clearance and Toner coolly lobbed into another unguarded net.
Seven minutes before the break, a Bridgwater cross found Scott Ruscoe in acres of space on the left flank and his cross eluded Saints' Jamie Wood, the Port defence and keeper McGuigan to sail into the goal unaided.
Ten minutes into the second period, Chris Taylor rose to head home a Ruscoe corner at the far post and put the result beyond doubt.
Saints continued to press and McGuigan redeemed one of his earlier failures by saving bravely at Toner's feet to prevent a certain hat-trick for the rejuvenated striker.
Ruscoe, who was a constant threat down the left, then rattled a post with a brilliant shot from the edge of the box, but the best move of the match saw Perry's cross field pass in turn crossed by Jamie Wood only for Michael Wilde's diving header to blaze just wide of the goal.
To their credit, Port battled well to the end and Steven Pugh headed wide from a good position, but otherwise they were restricted to speculative long range efforts.
Saints went into the game without key defenders Tommy Holmes and Jimmy Aggrey, who has a neck injury.
But they were able to welcome back stalwart Steve Evans for his first League appearance of the season after a hernia operation.
Porthmadog manager, Viv Williams, was philosophical and sporting in defeat.
"All our goals came from defensive errors, but I can't criticise the players involved because they have done really well for us this season," he said.
"I was pleased with the way we battled to the end, despite being four goals down. We stuck at it and you've got to take positives from a result like this.
"TNS are a well organised outfit and it was no disgrace to lose here 4-0."