COMFORTABLE WIN DESPITE MISSED CHANCES
UNBEATEN at home this season TNS stay third in the League of Wales after a comfortable win at Treflan.
Port Talbot had made a bright start with Kevin Bartley having an angled strike cleared off the line by Chris Taylor, but the Saints took a grip and should have run out more emphatic victors.
The hosts never looked back after taking the lead on 26 minutes when a brisk move saw Robby Wood cross from the left, debutant Derek Ward headed back into the goalmouth and John Toner drilled the ball in from close range.
TNS doubled their lead on half-time when Gary Powell stepped over Ward's pass, leaving Dave Bridgewater in acres of space to fire into the comer from the edge of the box.
Toner then spurned two golden chances either side of the interval with the goal at his mercy while also striking the post.
But Toner's lapses were not costly as he made no mistake on 54 minutes after keeper Gareth Scantlebury had failed to hold Nicky Ward's shot.
With the visiting defence at full stretch, Gary Powell added a fourth on 66 minutes -when he latched onto a through ball from substitute Steve Anthrobus to fire under Scantlebury.
Ward and Bridgwater squandered further good chances to have increased the tally but by then the points were safely secured.