CLARKE HEADS CAERSWS INTO SEVENTH HEAVEN
WITH 90 minutes gone, Saints seemed at least to be heading for a share of the spoils from yet another six goal cup thriller at Treflan.
But Caersws had other ideas. A corner from the left found Hugh Clarke unmarked in the box and he headed cleanly past a helpless Dean Williams to steal the points.
Somehow TNS had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a match they could, and should have won.
Caersws had been rocked by two goals in a minute on the half hour that appeared to have put the hosts in command.
A Naylor free kick was headed across the box by Aggrey and fell to Chris Taylor who fired home from 12 yards.
Almost from the restart, Scott Ruscoe fed Michael Wilde who ran into the box and unleashed a looping shot that gave Mulliner no chance.
TNS had chances to increase their lead, but in a hectic goal-a-minute spell before the break, it was Caersws who scored.
From Kevin Scott's corner, Dean Williams dropped a header from Hugh Clarke at the feet of Colin Reynolds virtually on the line and he bundled the ball into the net. The goal stood despite Williams' claim he was fouled, for which his continued protests earned a yellow card.
Saints restored their two-goal advantage straight away. A speculative lob into the box from Ruscoe found Jamie Wood who placed his shot to perfection just between the left hand post and Mulliner's despairing dive.
Any thoughts of a two-goal half-time cushion were immediately dispelled. Mulliner's long throw found Jamie Davies, the youngster ran on before squaring to Graham Evans who laid the ball back for Graham Jones to rifle a low 25-yard drive inside the left post.
Immediately after the break, Saints could have added to their lead but chances went untaken.
The side began to lose its shape and the defence began to struggle. Without long term absentee Steve Davies and the flu-stricken Gary Brabin, Saints were forced to play a half-fit Tommy Holmes and paid the penalty on 77 minutes.
The influential Jamie Davies played a long ball down the right side and when Holmes failed to put the ball out of play, Graham Evans crossed for Andy Marfell to send a diving header into the net.
The introduction of three late substitutes failed to alter the pattern of play and the Bluebirds' desire for victory late in the game brought the winner they had just about deserved.