TNS manager Scott Ruscoe has insisted their JD Cymru Premier title defence remains on track ahead of tonight’s (Friday) clash at Caernarfon Town.

Defeat at home to Barry Town United last week represented the Oswestrians second defeat of the campaign and allowed the South Walians to extend their lead at the top.

Ruscoe insisted his side deserved a point but remained upbeat despite a second defeat in a week following TNS’ shock defeat at Bangor City in the Nathaniel MG Cup.

“Overall I think we deserved at least a draw from the game and our performance was a little bit better than the past few weeks,” said Ruscoe.

“Barry defended very well, as soon as they got the goal they sat back, which we knew they would do.”

Despite defeat the Saints chief insisted his side would bounce back.

“We’re not going to win every single game and at the end of the season it will all work itself out,” said Ruscoe. “The best team will win the league. If you have a little spell where things go against you, it’s all about how you bounce back from it and react.”

Ruscoe refused to blame the club’s injury problems as mitigation.

“We don’t like losing, nobody at the club does, so we want to get back on track and kick on with our season again.

“We had nine players injured but still got more than enough in our changing room and should still be dominating and beating teams because our squad is better.”