SAINTS MAKE IT NINE IN A ROW
MANAGER Ken McKenna was presented with the Loosemores Solicitors' September manager of the month award before the game.
But it didn’t prove to be the usual kiss of death, as his side cruised to victory over Caernarfon and extended their 100% League record to nine games.
The Canaries derailed Saints’ title challenge with a 2-0 win at Treflan last season, but it was obvious there was to be no repeat as early as the sixth minute, when Michael Wilde latched on to Nicky Ward’s left-wing cross to score from six yards.
Missing leading scorer Jamie Wood (suspended), the influential Martyn Naylor (hamstring) and midfielder Simon Davies, Saints still took control and should have added to their lead several times but for some wayward finishing.
Ruscoe's attempt to lob keeper Ian Willcock was saved, John Leah blazed over after a long clearance from Dean Williams and Ward should have done better when he found himself one-on-one with the under-fire Willcock on 19 minutes.
A second goal was inevitable and it came just after the half hour. Scott Ruscoe provided the ammunition when he squared across the edge of the box and Chris King readily pulled the trigger to blaze a shot into the roof of the net.
James McIlvogue spurned the Canaries' only real chance of the first half, when he somehow volleyed over from close range after being set up by Leigh Williams.
Nicky Ward was lively up front for TNS and came close to putting his side further ahead either side of the break while a Bridgwater 40-yard free-kick whistled just wide of a post.
The turning point came soon afterwards when, from a Paul Wilson cross, Calvin Davies forced Dean Williams into a fine finger-tip save.
Saints counter attacked and Ruscoe's cross eluded Wilde and found Bridgwater in a good scoring position six yards out.
Wilde added his second from close range on 62 minutes after King's corner was flicked on by Jimmy Aggrey to Ward who crossed from the far post.
In the best move of the game, Chris Taylor's long cross-field ball found Scott Ruscoe, whose first-time cross was somehow volleyed over the bar from three yards out by Justin Perry, who had just come on as substitute.
TNS took their foot off the pedal and allowed James McIlvogue to grab a well-taken consolation goal in a rare Caernarfon attack, with 10 minutes remaining.
McKenna described his side’s performance as 'reasonable'.
"We are lacking the killer instinct at the moment,” he said. "We are not ruthless enough and I feel we have only played flat out for 90 minutes in two of our games this season."