Kev calls on crowd to give City big lift
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