The News Saints 6 Welshpool 0
TNS turned in a display worthy of champions to end Welshpool's 11-match unbeaten run in the Welsh Premier in emphatic style.
A hat-trick from John Toner led the rout at Treflan, with the defending champions staying hot on the trail of leaders Rhyl as Pool struggled to make any impression in what was a one-sided derby.
Toner, who took his tally to 14 for the season in the goal spree, put the Saints on course with a ninth-minute opener when lobbing keeper Ged McGuigan after being put through by Greg Stones.
Two goals before half-time effectively put the game beyond the visitors' reach, with Toner tucking into an empty net after McGuigan had failed to deal with a Phil Baker free kick on 37 minutes.
The striker then completed his treble five minutes before the break when being set up courtesy of Alfie Carter's deflected shot.
Pool, disrupted by injuries to key defenders, mounted just two worthwhile efforts on goal in a miserable afternoon and went further behind on the hour when John Leah's shot beat McGuigan.
Stones then added a fifth on 77 minutes when netting from a tight angle following a left-wing cross from Leah.
Carter then spurned a penalty after being fouled by Jonathan Jones with his spot-kick being turned round the post by McGuigan.
But the front runner was not to be denied in the last minute when converting Stones' left-wing cross from close range to complete the rout.
TNS defender Chris King, meanwhile, joined the fore late on for his first taste of action since breaking his ankle in a pre-season friendly.