The New Saints 4 Aberystwyth 1
MANAGER Ken McKenna was full of praise after The New Saints shrugged off their first defeat of the season in fine style.
The league leaders had slumped 2-1 at Port Talbot five days earlier, but they were back on song with a dominant display.
“I was absolutley delighted with the players’ attitude, they worked hard in training during the week and they took it on to the pitch,” said McKenna.
“They were disappointed with their second half performance last week, and wanted to prove it was a little blip.”
Right from the outset, they cut through the seasiders with Scott Ruscoe making the breakthrough on 17 minutes when surging into the box before steering his low shot into the far corner.
The midfielder continued to prove a menace and played a part in his side’s second on 25 minutes when slicing the Aber defence wide open as Carter broke through before neatly tucking his shot past advancing keeper Richard Morgan.
Aberystwyth played some neat football at times, and their prospects would have been raised on 34 minutes when Geoff Kellaway’s cross from the left was nodded in by Andy Evans.
But any hopes of getting a foothold in the game faded five minutes before the break when they were again left exposed at the back as Mike Wilde flicked on for Ward to steer home his 12th goal of the campaign.
Wilde twice went close to increasing the lead in the opening exchanges of the second period , while at the other end Luke Sherbon forced keeper Ged Doherty into some rare action with a 25-yard volley.
The Saints added a fourth goal in the last minute when Carter coolly lobbed Morgan.
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