TNS chances of retaining their league crown suffered another setback despite salvaging a point at Neath’s sodden Llandarcy Park.
The defending champions looked to be heading for their fourth defeat in six outings when trailing 2-0, but Scott Ruscoe pulled one back before Chris King’s stunning 25-yard strike rescued a point four minutes from time.
Llanelli now hold a five-point lead at the top, but TNS boss Ken McKenna believes his side can still overhaul their title rivals in the remaining seven games.
“Although we only got a point, that performance showed me the lads still have the hunger to win the league,” he said.
“When we were 2-0 down, the heads could have dropped, but they showed a lot of desire, rolled their sleeves up and in the end could have won it.”
TNS tried to play football in the saturated conditions with the fit-again John Leah and Stephen Beck both seeing strikes parried by keeper Craig Morris.
But they were stunned on 35 minutes when Jarrod Price was unmarked to nod home following a defensive slip.
Eight minutes after the break the Saints fell further behind as Richard French steered his low shot inside the right post from 16 yards.
The Saints, however, salvaged a point and some pride when Ruscoe pulled one back on 66 minutes, the midfielder firing home from a free-kick inside the box.
Then, with time running out, the visitors earned a share of the spoils when
a right-wing corner from substitute Luke Holden was played to King who, 25-yards out, unleashed a thunderbolt that flew into the top of the net.
The draw leaves Llanelli in pole position to lift the crown, but TNS’ clash with the Reds on the last day of the season could still prove to be a potential decider.