THE New Saints took control of the JD Welsh Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Cardiff Met in a top-of-the-table clash.
Both sides cancelled each other out in a cagey first half but Scott Ruscoe’s men broke the deadlock when Jon Routledge converted Jamie Mullan’s cross with 18 minutes left to play.
Greg Draper, pictured above, doubled the lead with an overhead kick before Adam Roscrow pulled one back from the spot after Simon Spender was sent off for blocking a goalbound shot with his hand.
But champions TNS kept the Students at bay to move four points clear at the top.
Aberystwyth Town came from behind to record a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Prestatyn Town.
Michael Parker gave the Seasiders an early lead but John Owen levelled the score in the 72nd minute. Declan Walker then claimed his third goal in as many games to give Aber a late win.
Elsewhere, Bangor City fell to their fourth defeat in last five league fixtures after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cefn Druids.
Alec Mudimu claimed the winner in controversial circumstances as he tapped in to an empty net after Citizens’ goalkeeper Matthew Hall dropped a cross following a collision with Nathan Peate.
In other action, two quick-fire goals from Llandudno fired them to a 2-1 victory over Newtown at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.
Tom Dix and Marc Williams scored within a minute of each other to give Llandudno control.
Ryan Kershaw then saw red for the Robins before the 10 men set up a tense final when Tom Williams’ corner was deflected into his own net from Dix, but Llandudno saw out the win.
Elsewhere, Jordan Evans guided Bala Town to a 1-0 win over Carmarthen Town.
Barry Town United entertain Connah’s Quay Nomads at Jenner Park today.