TNS boss Scott Ruscoe will be looking for his side to build a consistent set of results during the early stages of their JD Cymru Premier title defence.

The Saints travel to Bala Town tonight (Friday) before making the trek to Aberystwyth Town on Monday.

“Bala are always a tough test for us,” said Ruscoe. “We went to see them on Friday night and they had a lot more about them.

“They had more energy, they had a lot more legs in the team and they’ve got two new wingers in the team. They’ve signed good forward players so we’re going to have to be a lot better than on Sunday.”

Ruscoe was keen to get points on the board with a settled side following a disappointing end to their European adventure with a historic 9-0 aggregate defeat to Ludogorets of Bulgaria

“I think it will be smart to get a settled side now and make sure we put some performances together and not have any slip-ups.

“It’s about consistent results that build into performances. We’ve got some good games coming up, we have the league cup, we have the Tunnocks Cup game so the lads will get game time.”

Ruscoe conceded the Saints had a lot of work to be undertaken in coming weeks with Sunday’s victory over Caernarfon far from convincing.

“Sunday was about getting the three points,” said Ruscoe.

“I knew what the reaction from Thursday would be, a little bit of tiredness and if we got the three points and moved onto the second game, I’d have been happy.

“Performance-wise, there’s a few things we need to work on. We have the ball away a lot and Caernarfon had more chances than three or four teams combined at the back end of last season.

“I’m not happy with that but sometimes when you get a result and don’t play well I am not too disheartened.”