Tudno rub salt into Ban­gor wounds with se­cond half sucker punches

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BAN­GOR City men’s hockey team put in an en­cour­ag­ing dis­play away to North Wales ri­vals Llan­dudno last Satur­day but ul­ti­mately went down by a 3-1 score­line.

City’s profli­gacy in front of goal once again proved costly as Llan­dudno made the most of their chances.

In an en­er­getic first half dis­play, Ash Har­daker and Oli Flem­ing brought early saves from the Tudno keeper, be­fore cap­tain Tom Hughes gave Ban­gor the lead from close range af­ter Dave Pa­ter­son’s cross was di­verted into his path.

Paul McCal­lum and Jack Brookes steered shots nar­rowly wide as City con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the first pe­riod. Pa­ter­son also had a shot cleared off the line af­ter round­ing the goal­keeper, as Ban­gor went in one-up at the break.

The home side im­proved in the se­cond half and drew level on 45 min­utes with a neat fin­ish. Fur­ther chances came City’s way, with Tats Green­halgh, Har­daker, Hughes, Brookes and Flem­ing forc­ing the busy home keeper into ac­tion.

Tudno replied with at­tack­ing pres­sure of their own and af­ter Tudur Tren­holme de­nied them with a cou­ple of good saves, they net­ted a se­cond from a short cor­ner.

Ban­gor threw ev­ery­thing at the hosts in the fi­nal quar­ter, and thought they had equalised with three min­utes re­main­ing, only for Flem­ing’s back­post de­flec­tion to be con­tro­ver­sially ruled out for use of the back­stick.

And Llan­dudno added a third at the death to rub salt into Ban­gor’s wounds.

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