City re­turn to win­ning ways

Dean’s dou­ble halts slide down ta­ble

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

BAN­GOR City had the chance to move within two points of JD Welsh Pre­mier League lead­ers The New Saints when they were due to host Aberys­t­wyth Town last night (Tues­day).

City made a wel­come re­turn to win­ning ways last Satur­day with a 2-1 vic­tory at New­town which lifted Kevin Ni­chol­son’s side back up to fourth place.

Ban­gor had lost four of their pre­vi­ous five league en­coun­ters be­fore turn­ing the ta­bles at Latham Park.

Dean Rit­ten­berg struck twice for a vis­it­ing team which had been de­feated in their last three WPL fix­tures. For­mer Black­burn Rovers prospect Rit­ten­berg notched the win­ner with seven min­utes re­main­ing af­ter ex-City striker Jamie Reed had brought the Robins level.

Rit­ten­berg said: “We knew we needed a re­ac­tion from three games get­ting beat. We knew we needed a per­for­mance for the fans and our­selves. We showed good char­ac­ter. When they equalised we needed to come back and score another; we worked hard and it was a great win.”

De­scrib­ing his two goals, Rit­ten­berg added: “The first one was just right place, right time. I think it came to me off Steven He­witt’s shoul­der.

“The sec­ond one was just clos­ing down the keeper, I got it off him and was left with an open goal. It needed an eter­nity to go in, but we needed that.”

Ban­gor man­ager Kevin Ni­chol­son said: “It was a very im­por­tant win and a huge three points for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the club. We needed to win to stay in touch with the teams at the top and we did it. We had to show a bit of ev­ery­thing to get the win and we were very pleased with the play­ers’ ef­forts and the shift they col­lec­tively put in.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for us all but that’s foot­ball, there will be ups and downs dur­ing a sea­son and it’s al­ways about showing the char­ac­ter and de­ter­mi­na­tion that’s re­quired to keep go­ing and turn things around.

“We said be­fore the game that we had drawn a line un­der Oc­to­ber, which was a month to for­get, and start pick­ing up the points again on a con­sis­tent ba­sis and make Novem­ber a month to re­mem­ber.

“We are off to a good start and now the aim is to con­tinue in the same way.”

Pro­moted to the first team for his Welsh Pre­mier de­but was Guto Wil­liams, who has emerged through City’s suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment side.

The dead­lock was bro­ken right on the in­ter­val when Luke Wall’s cross was flicked on by Steven He­witt and Rit­ten­berg was un­marked at the back post to fire into the roof of the net.

With 15 min­utes left, Reed back­heeled home to level it, but Ban­gor clinched the points when Rit­ten­berg robbed keeper Dave Jones and put away the de­cider.


Two-goal hero Dean Rit­ten­berg fires home for Ban­gor at New­town

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