The New Saints of Oswestry Town began 2016 with a dominant 4-1 victory over Newtown at Park Hall Stadium in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.
Goals from Adrian Cieslewicz, Jamie Mullan, Ryan Edwards and Mike Wilde sealed the points and in the process extended The Saints unbeaten home run which stretches back to 2012.
Midway through the first half TNS had a great chance to break the deadlock. Cieslewicz latched onto a deep cross but his shot trickled inches wide of the post.
Moments later and the Polish winger did manage to open the scoring. After being played in by Mike Wilde, Cieslewicz curled into the bottom corner despite Dave Jones getting a hand on the ball.
Shortly before the break, Newtown managed to force Harrison into trouble and Kai Edwards had to be alert to clear the ball off the line.
The Saints then had a great chance to double the lead but Mullan headed over the bar from five yards out after being picked out by Cieslewicz.
TNS made a perfect start to the second half thanks to Mullan. Some brilliant build up play ended up with Chris Marriott delivering an inch perfect cross and Mullan was on the end of it to slot home.
Just after the hour, Wilde found room in the box but his powerful shot was palmed out by Jones to keep the score at 2-0 to The Saints.
With twenty minutes to go, Edwards all but sealed the points after being played in and coolly finishing from just inside the box to give TNS a three goal lead.
However, with 15 minutes left, Neil Mitchell’s acrobatic overhead kick ended up beating Paul Harrison to pull a goal back for The Robins.
A minute later and the three goal advantage was restored thanks to Wilde. Ryan Edwards’ magnificent back heel pass set up Wilde who rolled the ball in to make it 4-1 to TNS and in the process score his 150th WPL goal.
Full time: TNS 4-1 Newtown.
TNS: Harrison (C), Spender, Marriott, Baker, A.Edwards, R.Edwards (Draper 79), K.Edwards, Gosset (Rawlinson 84), Cieslewicz, Wilde and Mullan (Quigley 76).
The unused substitutes were Wycherley, Pryce, Evans and Williams.