Greg Draper’s four goal haul clinched a dramatic comeback for ten man TNS at Park Hall Stadium against Newtown.
The New Saints’ man of the match ensured that The Saints battled back from two goals down to cap off a memorable comeback in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League.
In what was an even start to the game, it was the visitors who took a surprise lead. Jason Oswell’s brilliant header beat Chris Mullock to give Newtown an early lead.
Ten minutes later and things got worse for TNS. Chris Seargeant lost the ball on the edge of his box and brought down Sean Evans in the penalty box. The referee then deemed Seargeant to have been the last man and sent the midfielder off.
Matty Owen stepped up and sent Mullock the wrong way to double the lead for The Robins.
Draper pulled a goal back after a shocking mistake from Jones in the Newtown goal which gave The Saints a chance as they went into the break.
The second half began with Draper equalising from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Within minutes of the equaliser, Draper completed a magnificent hat-trick after smashing in an unstoppable volley into the top corner having been picked out by Chris Marriott.
The man of the match then added his fourth goal of the game from close range to put The Saints in complete control.
Despite being down to ten men, Craig Harrison’s side controlled the possession and brought Phil Baker, Matty Williams and Adrian Cieslewicz on to ensure another three points.
The WPL Champions played out the final ten minutes with the minimum of fuss as they extended their unbeaten run ahead of the FAW Welsh Cup Semi-Final a week on Sunday.
TNS: Mullock, Spender, Marriott, Rawlinson, K.Edwards, Seargeant, R.Edwards (Williams 78), Quigley (Cieslewicz 81), Reed, Draper and Darlington (Baker 62).
The unused subs were Harrison and Wilde.