Diggin and Mills earn three points for Saints
Steve Diggin’s superbly executed goal in the 26th minute gave Saints a lead that they carried into the break in an even and well contested first half. Dispossessing Kieran Morris, Diggin advanced on goal before curling his shot from 20 yards beyond keeper Nathan Vaughan to notch a top quality finish on successive Saturdays.
Daniel Nti went close for the visitors shooting from range and left-back Tyler Weir fired a dipping effort over as both sides struggled to threaten the keepers.
The second half was again tight and hard fought before Saints doubled their advantage in the 64th minute when Pablo Mills headed in Glenn Walker’s deep corner that evaded Vaughan.
Diggin enjoyed further opportunities twice bringing saves from Vaughan while City never gave up but lacked a cutting edge up front. Weir’s surging run and a late effort from Sean Geddes that was beaten away by Dan Crane were the closest that the Blues came to reducing the deficit in a deserved home win.
Saints boss Jon Brady said: “We were strong and positive today. David Moyo added brightness and pace to our game and Steve Diggin had chances as the game opened up. I am really pleased to have Steve back here, we saw again today his class and work-rate and another excellent goal.
“We haven’t been aggressive enough in our defending until today but Pablo Mills coming in showed leadership and organisation. Dawyne Samuels was aggressive and did an excellent job with their danger-man [Daniel] Nti on the right until he swapped over.
“We made the pitch nice and compact and did what we had worked on in training through the week.
“Sam Whittall played his second game of the season and did what we know he can do. He gets us playing and has real composure.
“We face another tough game on Monday at Telford in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd and a first home game for the new manager. We need to take the momentum from today into that game.”