Carmarthen Town v The New Saints FC.
On-loan Leak and Roberts both start as there are three changes from last week's win against Llandudno. pic.twitter.com/tK56YclmzI
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) September 30, 2017
Substitutions: Darlington (Edwards) 46, Cieslewicz (Mullan) 57, Draper (Brobbel) 63
Goals: Hudson (10), Seargeant (38), Seargeant (45), Brobbel (49), Seargeant (67).
A convincing win for the reigning JD WPL champions, combined with a Bangor City home defeat, saw The New Saints return to the top of the table.
With just ten minutes on the clock, Blaine Hudson claimed the honour of scoring the first competitive goal on Carmarthen Town’s new pitch. Following a Seargeant free-kick out on the left, the ex-Cambridge United man, one of four TNS players positioned on the edge of the box, pounced first on the loose ball and put it beyond Stephen Hall’s reach. 0-1
With a quarter of an hour gone, Edwards found Spender down the right, only for the resultant ball in to be collected comfortably by Hall, who was certainly the busier of the two keepers on the day.
The home side came close to drawing level four minutes later, as a free-kick on TNS’ left saw Dave Vincent’s header go straight into the arms of goalkeeper and captain, Paul Harrison.
The visitors continued to look dangerous as Fletcher forced Hall into a good save, followed by Mullan chipping over the keeper – and unfortunately the bar – as The New Saints broke quickly on a counter-attack.
With 38 minutes gone though, TNS got the second that had been long coming, as another break saw Seargeant bear down on goal. Beating Vincent for pace, the midfielder chipped the keeper as the ball hit the back of the net. 0-2
Hitting the 40th minute mark, it was Brobbel’s turn to chip Hall, this time though his effort went just wide of the keeper’s right post.
In added time, Seargeant grabbed his second and TNS’ third, as good play from Spender found the number seven who gave his side a comfortable lead going into the break. 0-3
Comfortable became unassailable just four minutes into the second period as Brobbel, fending off the attention of his marker, found the back of the net. 0-4
Carmarthen captain, Lee Surman, almost pulled one back for the Old Gold in the 53rd minute but his counterpart in the TNS goal, Paul Harrison, pulled off a great save.
Halfway through the second period, Seargeant completed his well-deserved hat-trick as he slotted home from the penalty spot. This followed a ball into the box from substitute Alex Darlington finding Fletcher, only for the striker to be fouled by Hall. 0-5
Although the home side continued to battle, they were unable to pull back even a consolation goal. Resolute defending from The New Saints with seven minutes to go, ensured that the run of consecutive JD WPL clean sheets continued, as the final whistle made it six on the bounce.
Lead photograph: Brian Jones
|September 30, 2017||2:30 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|1 Richmond Terrace, Carmarthen SA31 1HE, UK|
|The New Saints FC||5|