SECOND HALF TREBLE SEALS DERBY WIN
THREE second half strikes helped TNS end a potentially frustrating night on a satisfactory note with this Welsh Premier derby victory over a determined Oswestry side on Friday evening.
Having been kept at bay by the Park Hall hosts for 72 minutes, TNS eased their concerns with two quick goals from Nicky Ward and Scott Ruscoe before Dave Bridgewater completed the tally.
Yet, for much of the night, the visitors had struggled to find a way through despite their early possession.
Town, who have yet to pick up a point against their neighbours in three seasons, found themselves penned back in the first half hour but produced the first worthwhile attempt on goal when Steve Rogers saw his rising 25-yard drive turned over by Dean Williams.
Desperate for points to climb away from the lower reaches, the Park Hall side continued to fight tigerishly.
Derek Rodgers put an effort wide for Town a minute into the second period while at the other end, Danny Embleton made saves from Bridgewater's free kick and another low strike from Ruscoe.
TNS finally struck with two goals in as many minutes, the first on 72 when Bridgewater's cross from the right eluded the defence and Ward crashed the ball into the net.
Moments later Ruscoe curled a low free 30-yard kick inside the right post. Bridgewater sealed the issue four minutes from time with a long range effort from 25 yards.