TWO first half goals handed TNS a slender lead heading to San Marino in the UEFA Champions League, however it could and should have been much more.
Against minnows Tre Penne, it was always going to be a game dominated by the Welsh champions, and that showed on 13 minutes as Scott Quigley volleyed home a Simon Spender cross.
Stefano Fraternali headed home a debut goal to level minutes later, before Jamie Mullan volleyed in a Quigley cross five minutes before the break.
The second period was dominated by Craig Harrison's men, who were continually denied by inspired by Migani Mattia in the Penne goal.
Mullan was involved in many moves, denied mutiplie times, but it was Quigley who missed the key chance on 70 minutes, curling wide when one on one after a Ryan Brobbel pass.
Tre Penne held firm and kept the tie in a fine position heading to San Marino on Tuesday.
See next week's County Times for the report and reaction.