SAINTS TURN ON THE STYLE
TNS maintained their superb start to the season and stayed top of the Welsh Premier with this 4-1 victory over Port Talbot.
This potential banana skin was Saints' seventh successive victory and extended their unbeaten away sequence to 24 matches.
Port Talbot started brightly and forced a couple of early corners which came to nothing.
But TNS gradually took control and it was no surprise when they gained the lead on 28 minutes.
Simon Davies fed Chris King on the left flank and his fine cross gave Jamie Wood the opportunity to net his fifth League goal of the season at the far post.
Wood nearly doubled the advantage but his superb shot was matched by an equally outstanding save by Talbot's veteran keeper Gary Wager.
Mike Wilde hit the bar from the rebound before Scott Ruscoe fired over.
But Wager was beaten again in first-half stoppage time.
In a rehearsed move which TNS have tried several times this season, Martyn Naylor took a corner from the right and pulled the ball to Gary Brabin standing outside the box.
Brabin's long-range shot bounced and deceived Wager who could only help it on its way into the net.
Talbot hit back on 57 minutes when Craig Hughes scored with a glancing header into the far corner of the net from Russ Wigley's free kick on the left.
But TNS rebuffed any thoughts of a Talbot comeback and restored their two-goal advantage within two minutes.
Chris King's cross from the left was headed across goal by Jamie Wood and Mike Wilde's shot found the target.
Substitute Steven Beck completed the victory when he headed in at the far post from yet another King cross.
Port Talbot posed no real attacking threat, although Craig Hughes had a shot saved at the near post by Dean Williams.
But with his side already three goals down, it would have made little difference to the outcome in a game where Saints played some excellent football and thoroughly deserved their win.