WASTEFUL SAINTS GAIN VITAL POINTS
SAINTS duly won their final home game of the season to return to the top of the table.
But their season-long failure to convert chances into goals ensured a nail-biting finish for the Treflan faithful.
Leading 3-1 and apparently cruising to victory, TNS conceded a second soft goal of the evening from a Jon Kenworthy corner to a header from veteran striker Stuart Rain to set-up a nervy final quarter of an hour.
Saints had dominated an injury-hit Nomads outfit for most of the game, but after taking the lead mid-way through the first-half, they went in only level at the break.
Player of the season Steve Evans rose high above the Connah's Quay defence to head home from Martyn Naylor's corner on 24, but from the visitors' first corner on the stroke of half-time, Gareth Owen replied, heading unmarked at the near post past Richard Acton.
Naylor's set piece kicks had caused havoc in the Quay rearguard, not least to former Treflan keeper Lee Williams, but Saints were unable to add to their tally.
But a marked change in tempo saw Ken McKenna's men take control within 12 minutes of the restart.
Evans appeared to have scored from a well-rehearsed set piece, but Nicky Ward was controversially flagged offside as he ran from deep to provide the cross.
But the Nomads' relief was short lived. Lee Williams gifted the second goal after 54 minutes when he fumbled Steven Beck's shot and the lively John Toner nipped in to score from the rebound.
And three minutes later, Michael Wilde added the third when he headed in from the edge of the six yard box after yet another telling Naylor cross.
TNS never reached the heights of their recent performances, but did enough to claim the win, with Barry Hogan outstanding at right back and Toner, recapturing his appetite and pace, a constant threat.
But at this stage of the season, points mean prizes, and Saints will be satisfied that they have kept up the pressure on rivals Rhyl.