With the game being played at Newtown’s Latham Park, due to Aberystwyth Town’s pitch being not quite yet ready to join the 3G revolution, both sides were, in effect, ‘on the road’.
However, it was the reigning Dafabet WPL champions who eventually made themselves at home. A steady start from both sides though saw an evenly-contested game initially, but TNS took the lead on 22 minutes, courtesy of New Zealand international, Greg Draper.
Two minutes later and the prolific number nine doubled his tally, as the gap between the sides began to expand.
A fantastic effort from Aeron Edwards found its way in the back of the net on 62 minutes, with Steve Saunders continuing with his habit of getting on the scoresheet with 82 on the clock, courtesy of a header from a corner.
Three minutes later though, the Scotland international tripped Chris Jones in the box. The ex-TNS player hit the roof of the net with a well-taken penalty kick, which although denied The Saints a clean sheet, didn’t affect the outcome as far as the points were concerned.
With four minutes of added time on the clock, Greg Draper again found the back of the net to complete a well-deserved hat-trick.
The great start for TNS’ defence of the Dafabet WPL continues, with 10 wins from as many games. A perfect ten indeed. Five on the road and Greg grabs three.
Mathematics may not be everyone’s favourite subject, but they’re the sort of figures that will encourage Saints’ staff and supporters alike this weekend.
TNS: Harrison ©, Spender, Marriott, Rawlinson, Routledge, Saunders, Edwards, Darlington, Brobbel, Mullan and Draper.
The unused substitutes were Phil Baker, Ryan Pryce, Robbie Parry, James Jones, Wes Fletcher, Jacob Farleigh and Andrew Wycherley.