TNS 1 Penybont 0

TNS avoided the fate of title rivals Connah's Quay Nomads with a Louis Robles strike enough to see off the challenge of Penybont.

The Bridgend side inflicted one of the shocks of the season with victory at Connah's Quay Nomads last week and arrived at Park Hall looking to repeat their high achievement.

There was an early chance for the visitors with seven minutes played when Kostya Georgievsky whipped a dangerous ball into the penalty area in search of teammates with Simon Spender clearing the danger at the back post.

The Saints were made to wait until the 20th minute for their first threatening opening with Ryan Astles crossing for Danny Redmond to blast over the bar.

Jon Routledge had a chance of his own two minutes later, going close from inside the box.

Down the other end, Georgievsky was causing problems again in the 39th minute but his effort was easily collected by Paul Harrison.

TNS led three minutes into the second-half with Ryan Brobbel slipping the ball in behind the defence for Robles, who sent Morris the wrong way to finish at the near post.

With 53 minutes gone Ben Clark flashed an effort narrowly wide of the Bont far post,

Redmond could have put the game beyond the visitors in the 71st minute but headed over from the edge of the six yard box

Ashley Evans made a goal-saving interception just four minutes later, as he diverted the ball away from substitute Leo Smith, who looked certain to score.

The Saints saw out the closing stages well with a resolute defensive display and held on for an important three points to keep them top of the JD Cymru Premier table.

TNS: Harrison, Spender, Marriott, Routledge, Brobbel (Smith 61), Redmond, Cieslewicz (Holland 83), Hudson, Astles, Robles (Roscrow 76), Clark. Subs: Williams, Davies, Draper, Cornish

Penybont: Morris, Owen, Evans, Jefferies (C Davies 72), M Davies, Georgievsky (Emanuel 73), Wood (Jones-Thomas 72), Dalton (Yakubu 36), Snaith (Ahmun 60), Borge, Clutton. Subs: Goodwin, Matthew