THE New Saints beat Newtown 3-2 at Latham Park, but an upset looked on the cards as the Robins took a 2-0 lead inside 28 minutes.
Former Saints Jamie Reed opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Kieran Mills-Evans had been brought down and added a second with a shot from the edge of the box. TNS got back into the game on 67 minutes when Chris Marriott was fouled for a penalty from Greg Draper, who was then sent-off for kicking-out at Mills-Evans. But the 10-man visitors were undaunted and scoring two within three minutes, first with an unstoppable 35-yarder from Blaine Hudson and then through Ryan Brobbel.
Only Connah's Quay of the chasing pack were able to keep pace with the leaders, winning 1-0 away to Cefn Druids at The Rock. Ryan Wignall went from hero to zero for the Nomads, scoring a fine individual goal after 17 minutes before being sent-off for an off-the-ball incident and the visitors' defence was forced to withstand strong pressure from the Ancients for the whole of the second half.
Bangor City are third after a second consecutive goal-less away draw, this time at north Wales coast rivals Llandudno, while Barry Town United strengthened their claims for a top-six spot with a 1-0 home derby win over Cardiff Met, Luke Cooper scoring the game's only goal from a Chris Hugh free-kick after 23 minutes.
Bottom club Carmarthen recorded only their second victory of the season thanks to a Liam Thomas 18-yard volley in a 1-0 home win over Aberystwyth Town, while fellow strugglers Prestatyn Town fell to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bala Town, for whom Les Davies scored both goals.