Fletch: ‘We just seemed to think it was job done’
BANGOR City assistant Gary Tay- lor-Fletcher slammed his players for a ‘sloppy’ performance as the Citizens relinquished top spot in the Welsh Premier League.
City slipped to fourth place after starting the day in pole position as they let a 2-0 lead slip in a 3-2 loss at home against Cardiff Met.
An Eliot Evans brace and a late 85th minute effort from substitute Harry Owen sealed a stunning comeback as the students ran out 3-2 winners at Nantporth.
“In the first half we were very professional, but after going 2-0 up in the second half, we seemed to think it was job done, and stopped playing,” said Taylor-Fletcher.
“We became sloppy, stopped doing the basics and started taking unnecessary risks. It was very disappointing, and hard to take.
“We only played for 60 minutes, while the Met are fit young lads who keep going for the whole 90 minutes. Once they got the first goal, they grew in confidence.”
New City signing James Demetriou was handed a full start following his goalscoring debut at Bala Town last Saturday, with Dean Rittenberg starting out wide in place of Brayden Shaw in City’s only change to the starting line-up from last time out.
The home side started brightly and following a couple of early corner kicks nearly took the lead, Demetriou’s cross met by Rittenberg who could only flick his effort the wrong side of the post.
Taylor-Fletcher forced Met keeper Will Fuller to save with his legs, and Laurence Wilson hit a free kick into the side netting after Steven Hewitt was tripped, City dominating the early exchanges.
But Met were still a threat on the counter, Connor Roberts forced into a smart save 10 minutes before the break, while Demetriou and Luke Wall both tested Fuller shortly after.
And City were soon to reap the rewards of their dominance, Taylor-Fletcher dropping deep to collect a ball, his reverse pass sending Danny Holmes free to cut the ball back for Damien Allen to tuck away.
Chris Baker struck the foot of the post from close range as a Met free kick was sent in the City area.
Fuller smartly saved from Shaw, the record signing sent on at the interval in place of Rittenberg, who was suffering a hamstring strain, before the striker made it 2-0 to the home side on 68 minutes, poking home from six yard after the Met stopper had denied Young’s initial shot.
Met gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later, Evans firing home with a powerful drive, before the students got back on level terms on 77 minutes.
A quick counter attack was started by Roscrow’s run down the right and his cross was met by the head of Evans, the equaliser being his seventh goal against the Citizens since Met’s arrival in the WPL.
And with five minutes left on the clock the visitors clinched all three points when substitute Owen pounced onto a ball at the near post.
City threw one last roll of the dice as Anderson Cayola replaced Taylor-Fletcher on 86 minutes, and with the fourth official announcing a minimum of three minutes of added time, Shaw was once again frustrated by Fuller as the Cardiff keeper saved at full-stretch low to his left.