EDGE RECEIVES THE PLAUDITS
CHRIS Edge received the plaudits after his brace saw Total Network Solutions soar to second in the table while heaping further problems on managerless Llanelli.
The former Connah's Quay Nomads star put in one of his best performances in a Saints shirt with two goals as the visitors edged ever closer to the top spot.
Manager Ken McKenna said: "Edgy took his chances well and worked very hard but it was a solid team performance and I felt that we deserved to win in the end.
"We started brightly and opened up a good lead but then we had a bit of a lapse and Llanelli got back into the game before we got ourselves back on course."
Llanelli were starting their first match since the departure of manager Gary Proctor the previous week, with rumours of a mass clear out now circulating.
But TNS remained focused and opened the scoring after just minutes when wing-back Nicky Ward raced onto a through ball from Edge to drill home from 16 yards.
The Saints continued to call the shots in a one-sided affair with a second on 37 minutes, when Edge fired home John Toner's cross from Derek Ward's throw.
TNS looked in complete control with Nicky Ward and namesake Derek patrolling the flanks with the centre manned by Tim Alexander, Chris Taylor and Robbie Wood.
But Edge was the star of the the show from midfield, partnered by Gary Powell and David Bridgwater while the lethal duo of Toner and Wright led the attacks.
But with TNS looking in complete safety the home side battled their way back into the game two minutes before the break when John Wile headed home a comer.
Llanelli - looking to register only their second home win of a disappointing campaign - continued to administer further pressure but it was to no avail.
On 58 minutes Toner was tripped by keeper Martin Davies and Edge took his time to coolly slot home his second of the game from the spot to claim three points.
Steve Anthrobus arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and despite lacking the potency of the Toner and Wright partnership TNS continued to create chances.
Creative midfielder Ricky Evans eased the midfield burden off the shoulders of Edge on the hour and the two combined to hold off any Llanelli fightback.