THE New Saints got their 2021/2022 JD Cymru Premier campaign off to a perfect start with a 4-1 victory against Newtown at Latham Park on Sunday (Aug 15).

After Ben Clark had opened the scoring mid-way into the first half, the hosts equalised through Aaron Williams five minutes before the break.

Anthony Limbrick’s side stepped it up a gear in the second period though, and goals from Declan McManus, Blaine Hudson, and Jordan Williams made sure that the three point went back to Park Hall.

With eight minutes on the clock, Williams had the first chance of the game, but his flicked header dropped the wrong side of the post.

McManus was the next TNS player to work an opening, although his connection wasn’t a clean one, and the eventual header proved an easy save for the Robins’ goalkeeper.

Williams continued to cause problems for the Robins defence, and he turned provider in the 24th minute, setting up the opening goal. Ben Clark met his delicate ball across the box at the near post, where the number 19 took his chance well to tap home.

Limbrick’s side continued to come forward and McManus again posed problems, firing wide from the edge of the box after being picked out by Cieslewicz.

At the other end, Chris Marriott made an important interception to deny James Rowland’s inviting cross a way into the penalty area with 34 minutes on the clock.

But for all of TNS’ dominance, the home side equalised in the 40th minute. After a great initial save from Paul Harrison to deny James Davies, Aaron Williams took advantage of the rebound to fire into an empty net, bringing the scores back level at 1-1 just before the interval.

It wasn’t long after the restart though before Limbrick’s side had restored their advantage, and it was summer signing, Declan McManus, who got the goal on his league debut.

The Scottish forward was in the right place at the right time, as Hudson’s header came back out off the crossbar, and he tapped home from close range to make it 2-1 to The Saints.

And with 57 minutes on the clock, the Park Hall side made it comfortable, as Hudson headed home an inch-perfect Cieslewicz corner to give his side a two-goal cushion.

The scoring wasn’t done there though, and with 15 minutes to go, Jordan Williams finally got his goal. The number 17 connected with McManus’ ball towards the back post, showing great technique as he gave Dave Jones no chance whatsoever with a powerful volley.

And Williams could’ve had a second just four minutes later, and would have done were it not for a great save by Jones.

That proved to be the last major talking point on a comfortable afternoon for The Saints, as they kicked-off their league campaign in the perfect fashion.