Kev calls on crowd to give City big lift

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BAN­GOR CITY man­ager Kevin Ni­chol­son be­lieves a big home crowd can help lift his team to vic­tory when sec­ond­place Con­nah’s Quay No­mads visit Nant­porth for a JD Welsh Pre­mier League tus­sle this Fri­day (kick-off 7.45pm).

A three-goal win would lift the Cit­i­zens back into the run­ners-up spot, but they will come up against a No­mads out­fit buoyed by a fine 2-0 suc­cess at Cardiff Met last week­end.

City slipped to fourth af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 3-0 de­feat at cham­pi­ons and lead­ers The New Saints.

Ban­gor beat the Quay home and away in the first phase of the sea­son and a three-timer would get their push for an au­to­matic Europa League berth back on track.

The All-Blues will be boosted by the re­turn of left-back Lau­rence Wil­son from sus­pen­sion.

Af­ter last Fri­day’s loss at Park Hall, Ban­gor boss Ni­chol­son paid trib­ute to the trav­el­ling fans who made a ter­rific noise at the home of the cham­pi­ons.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­cel­lent sup­port we had be­hind the goals and were dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t give them some­thing to cheer,” he said.

“Hope­fully we can get a good crowd for next week’s game where the play­ers will be de­ter­mined to re­ward the fans’ loy­alty.”

Ni­chol­son added: “There’s still eight games to go – 24 points still to play for.

“We’ve got an­other tough game this week­end and we’ve now got to put the TNS re­sult be­hind us and con­cen­trate on that.”

Ban­gor more than held their own against the full-timers in a goal-less first half, Luke Wall forc­ing Saints goal­keeper Paul Har­ri­son into the only se­ri­ous save of the open­ing stanza.

Af­ter the break TNS upped a gear, two goals from Aeron Ed­wards put­ting them in charge be­fore a fine fin­ish from Ryan Brobbel in added-on time sealed the spoils.

Ni­chol­son said: “3-0 was dif­fi­cult to take, a dis­ap­point­ing out­come, a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult.

“In the first half, the team did very well again, sim­i­lar to what we did when we played here a few weeks back.

“We were well in the game, they didn’t have a shot on tar­get in the first half, I think we had only one, but we tried to pass the ball the best we could against the way that they pressed.

“I thought it was a re­ally good game first half, quick, fast-paced, a good ad­vert for the Welsh Pre­mier League.

“In the se­cond half we didn’t have the same team-work about us, we didn’t look as or­gan­ised for what­ever rea­son and they pun­ished us with the op­por­tu­ni­ties that they had.”

Ni­chol­son felt the 53rd minute opener from Ed­wards was a real game-changer.

“When you con­cede the first goal here, it makes it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, makes it an even big­ger task to come back and get some­thing,” he said.

“There were one or two op­por­tu­ni­ties for us se­cond half, but they are good at what they do, they are clin­i­cal when they get op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult, be­cause we wanted to get some­thing out of the game”.

GOAL... Ban­gor City striker Gary Tay­lor-Fletcher scores the only goal of the match against Con­nahs Quay

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