MARTIN Rose missed a penalty for Port Talbot Town but soon made amends with a quick-fire hat-trick as his side downed Aberystwyth Town 3-0 at Park Avenue.
The game's turning point arrived just after half-time when home keeper Mike Lewis was sent-off but substitute gloveman Phil Draper saved the resulting Rose penalty.
But the striker got on the scoresheet on the hour and went on to grab two more in the next 10 minutes as manager Bernard McNally celebrates his first win since taking charge of the Blues.
Airbus UK Broughton missed the chance to leapfrog the Seasiders into second place as they lost 2-1 against 10-man Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park.
Cortez Belle had given the Old Gold a second-minute lead when he headed home from a corner, but the hosts had David Brooks dismissed for a second yellow just before the break.
The Wingmakers equalised in the 69th-minute through a Tom Field penalty, but it was Belle who fired home the winner seven minutes from time.
Rhyl were held to a 1-1 home draw by Gap Connah's Quay at Belle Vue, where Chris Rowntree put the Nomads in front just before half-time.
The Lilywhites levelled when visiting player-manager Mark McGregor headed the ball into his own net from a Dave Thompson long throw and the hosts nearly snatched all three points through Tom Rowlands and Mark Cadwallader late on.
In the late kick-off, TNS extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points with a 1-0 win over closest challengers Bala Town, Alex Darlington's 36th-minute goal proving to be the winner.