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BAN­GOR City are badly in need of a tonic when they host Cefn Druids at the Ban­gor Univer­sity Sta­dium this Fri­day (7.45pm).

The Cit­i­zens lost fur­ther ground on Welsh Premier lead­ers The New Saints when they crashed 4-2 at Prestatyn Town last week­end.

It was a third loss in four out­ings for Kevin Ni­chol­son’s side and they will cer­tainly find a much-im­proved Druids, an im­pres­sive fifth in the ta­ble, a hard nut to crack.

“We need to be more con­sis­tent in games week to week,” said Ban­gor boss Ni­chol­son. “We need to get back to ba­sics and we need that win­ning feel­ing back.”

City looked well placed to beat Prestatyn when on top at 2-2 with 20 min­utes re­main­ing, but the send­ing off of play­maker Bray­den Shaw, fol­lowed al­most im­me­di­ately by a won­der goal from Town’s Ben Ma­her, turned the ta­bles for the Seasiders.

Prestatyn en­joyed a stun­ning start as in the se­cond minute, Noah Ed­wards’ shot was de­flected into the path of Jack Kenny, who lashed home from eight yards.

Six min­utes later the Cit­i­zens were level, Dean Rit­ten­berg smartly head­ing home Danny Holmes’ loop­ing cross from the right.

Mo­ments later Town stop­per Carl Jones blocked bravely at the feet of James Demetriou be­fore Shaw curled one nar­rowly wide.

Ban­gor were on top as Shaw was de­nied by Jones, Steven He­witt’s free kick dipped just wide and An­thony Mi­ley volleyed over from a fine po­si­tion.

It was no shock when the Cit­i­zens made it 2-1 on 24 min­utes, He­witt drilling home low fol­low­ing neat build-up from the left.

Against the run of play, Town lev­elled when a James Stead cor­ner was headed on by Ma­her and cleared off the line, but de­fender Reece Fairhurst thun­dered the ball into the roof of the net. Prestatyn were now in com­mand, Ma­her’s magic cre­at­ing a chance but his shot was kept out by Con­nor Roberts, who then pushed a Dave Hayes header against the un­der­side of the bar be­fore the dan­ger was cleared.

Ma­her tested Roberts soon af­ter the restart be­fore Ban­gor had a goal con­tro­ver­sially ruled out in the 48th minute.

Luke Wall’s swirling cross from the right clearly touched no-one and ended up in the net, but the of­fi­cials de­cided they had seen an in­fringe­ment.

Rit­ten­berg had a shot saved, then the ball came back to Wall whose at­tempt was de­flected wide.

Jones bun­dled Holmes’ fierce strike be­hind for a cor­ner and it seemed like only a mat­ter of time be­fore Ban­gor went 3-2 up.

How­ever, in the 72nd minute, City’s Shaw, who has al­ready been yel­low- carded for a fool­ish foul on keeper Jones, was pun­ished again for a tackle from be­hind and ref­eree Mark Petch, some­what harshly it ap­peared, or­dered him from the field.

If that was a ham­mer blow for the vis­i­tors, it got worse two min­utes later as from all of 35 yards Ma­her let fly with an ab­so­lute cracker which went in off the bar.

Town found their ic­ing on the cake in the 90th minute when Kenny cap­i­talised on in­de­ci­sion by Tom Kennedy to make it 4-2.

Ban­gor’s keeper Con­nor Roberts makes a great save dur­ing Fri­day’s 4-2 loss away to Prestatyn

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