Tudno rub salt into Bangor wounds with second half sucker punches
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.