Corbett Sports Welsh Premier
TNS 3 Aberystwyth Town 2
THE New Saints returned to the top of the Welsh Premier by stretching their unbeaten run to seven games, with a hard-fought win over Aberystwyth Town.
Neath had stolen a march in the title race with a 2-1 victory over Port Talbot, on Friday night, but TNS reclaimed pole position with their victory on Saturday.
Andy Parkinson had already curled inches wide when Wyn Thomas pounced on a miskick by Steve Evans, to fire Aberystwyth into a 12th minute lead.
Aberystwyth went close to doubling their lead five minutes later, when the lively Lewis Codling fired over when well placed from a left wing cross.
The Oswestry hosts began to get back into the game, with Nicky Ward and Craig Jones denied by Aberystwyth goalkeeper Steve Cann.
A spell of three goals in a seven minute spell either side of half-time ultimately turned the tide in the hosts’ favour.
The equaliser came in the 43rd minute when Chris Seargeant’s low right-wing corner was dummied by Jones for an unmarked Alex Darlington to steer home.
Just 90 seconds after the break TNS led when Greg Draper laid the ball back to Jones to rifle home from 12 yards and just two minutes later Jones broke down the left with his cross met by Draper to turn past Cann.
Aberystwyth had a chance to get back into the game on 55 minutes, only for substitute Jordan Follows to drag wide.
The New Saints also had a chance to increase their lead, only for Ward to direct his header, from another left-wing cross from Jones, against the post.
The visitors continued to press and pulled a goal back on 64 minutes when a long clearance from Cann picked out Codling, who rifled home from 12 yards.
Both sides had chances in the final stages with the best arriving on 87 minutes, when Jones’ right-wing cross found Aeron Edwards, who squared for Darlington with his shot forcing Cann into action.