TNS are hitting a run of form at the right time, believes manager Scott Ruscoe.

Friday night’s 1-0 win against Bala Town saw the Oswestrians climb to third place and within two points of the top spot ahead of their clash at Connahs Quay Nomads tonight (Friday).

“It’s a very important game,” said Ruscoe.

“It’s going to be a very tough game, we know what they’re about and we know how well they do from set plays and how well they throw men forward and get good knockdowns.

“We’re aware of the task, but we just feel as though we’re getting on a good run of form at the moment and getting a bit of togetherness with us, and it’s coming at the right time.”

Greg Draper scored the only goal of the night for the defending champions against Bala with a second-half header.

That was after the Saints survived a first-half scare when Bala’s Henry Jones spot kick was saved by TNS goalkeeper Paul Harrison.

There was more drama late in the game when Bala scored a goal in injury time which was ruled out for offside.

Ruscoe believes his side deserved the win, despite the two scares, after some misfortune in their past few games.

“Their penalty was dubious but it was well saved so justice was done on that one,” said Ruscoe. “I thought overall it was a very professional performance.”

Ruscoe remained composed and confident despite his side playing catch up in the title race with Barry Town United still unbeaten and Nomads in fine form.

“Over the season, the best team will win the league,” said Ruscoe. “It’s only October, but we’re starting to get a bit of rhythm to our play now and we’re starting games well.

“We’re creating a lot of chances and we’re looking pretty good at the moment.”

Since suffering back-to-back league defeats last month, TNS have won each of their games and picked up their second clean sheet of the season which Ruscoe insisted was a testament to his players’ attitudes.

Ruscoe said: “When you lose games you’ve got to stick together and keep doing what you believe in and we’ve certainly done that.

“It shows character when you lose games to come back and fight for the shirt and go on a winning run.

“We discussed with the players what’s needed from these next few games and we’re all aware of our capabilities of achieving the targets we have set for ourselves.”