SAINTS HAVE TO SETTLE FOR A POINT
MID-TABLE Porthmadog are sponsored by the local fish and chip shop, but a battering was never on the cards against the leaders at The Traeth.
Saints' push for the title came to a grinding halt against a well-organised Port side, who showed how much they have progressed since promotion from the Cymru Alliance.
Although TNS eventually took the lead on the hour through Steve Evans, they were pegged back by a Gareth Caughter equaliser and could not find the killer punch in a frenzied finale.
Neither side could get the upper hand in a poor first half, although Porthmadog should have taken the lead after just two minutes, when Richard Owen's shot at the far post from Steve Pugh's cross was blocked by Martyn Naylor.
A minute later, Gary Brabin conceded a free kick just outside Saints' area and Dean Williams did well to get down to Mike Foster's free kick, which penetrated the defensive wall.
At the other end, Naylor fired over from 10 yards and home keeper Gerard McGuigan tipped Nicky Ward's free kick over the bar.
Scott Ruscoe also had a chance but fired over from well inside the box.
Saints eventually broke the deadlock of a sterile second period on the hour. McGuigan could only parry Jamie Wood's header from Naylor's corner and Steven Beck crossed to the far post for Evans to deflect a header into the net.
TNS looked fairly comfortable on their lead, but after 77 minutes their back-line was at sixes and sevens as Carl Owen crossed from the right for Gareth Caughter to steady himself before guiding a pinpoint header past Williams' despairing dive.
In the closing minutes, the visitors forced a succession of corners, from which Barry Hogan came close to a debut goal for Saints when he hit the cross-bar and John Toner miscued in front of goal.
But Port held on to give manager Viv Williams a happy 40th birthday.
Manager Ken McKenna said TNS 'lost the plot' after taking the lead. "We probably had enough chances to win the game," he said, "but overall I don't think we played well enough to."