Citizens show true grit in cup fight­back

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BAN­GOR City will be out to prove their cup vic­tory over Gres­ford Ath­letic last Fri­day was no fluke when they travel to face the Wrex­ham area side in a Huws Gray Al­liance League clash this Satur­day (2.30pm).

City were up against it when they went 3-1 down at home to Gres­ford in last week­end’s Huws Gray Cup tie at Nant­porth, but Craig Har­ri­son’s side fought back to win a thrilling en­counter 5-3.

Ban­gor started the stronger and, on the 15-minute mark, took the lead through mid­fielder Steven He­witt.

This sparked Gres­ford, who ex­ploited some very weak de­fend­ing from the home rear­guard. On 19 min­utes, Kieran Evans lev­elled the scores. A minute later, Sam Molyneux put Ath­letic ahead as the Blues de­fence dithered. Things went from bad to much worse three min­utes later as for­mer Air­bus mid­fielder Jack Chaloner made it 3-1.

In the 26th minute the fight­back be­gan as Marc Wil­liams set up Les Davies, who headed home his third of the sea­son.

It was 3-2 to Gres­ford at half time, but City man­ager Har­ri­son’s in­ter­val team-talk ob­vi­ously had the de­sired ef­fect as the hosts con­trolled the sec­ond pe­riod.

On the hour, the home side drew level as Sam Barnes headed home from a cor­ner.

Then, on 62 min­utes, came the goal of the night as Rob­bie Parry swept home be­yond Gres­ford keeper Ben Jones.

Ath­letic had loud ap­peals for a penalty waved away be­fore Ban­gor pressed for a fifth. Davies nod­ded down but Wil­liams fired off tar­get. Mid­fielder He­witt re­leased Lee Owens, who, in turn, found Ja­cob Far­leigh, but his shot lacked any mal­ice.

It was Ban­gor who had the fi­nal say as young Far­leigh net­ted his fourth goal of the sea­son to make it 5-3 and se­cure a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals, where the Citizens will visit Prestatyn Town.

A hard-fought vic­tory for Ban­gor, some poor de­fend­ing but a spir­ited fight­back and one which uniquely fea­tured five in­di­vid­ual goalscor­ers.

City fans will hope the re­sult can serve as a turn­ing point and that much-needed league points can be picked up at Gres­ford this Satur­day.

Ban­gor man­ager Craig Har­ri­son

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