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Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE JONES [email protected]­walesnews.co.uk @DaveJDai­lyPost

NEVILLE POW­ELL hopes his Ban­gor City team’s im­pres­sive early-sea­son away per­for­mances can be repli­cated when they visit high-fly­ing Bala Town this Fri­day (7.30pm).

How­ever, the Cit­i­zens boss ad­mits home form is in des­per­ate need of im­prove­ment af­ter three losses on the bounce at the Ban­gor Univer­sity Sta­dium.

Af­ter play­ing well in their Nant­porth opener against Port Tal­bot, which they lost 2-1, City suf­fered a 1-0 home re­verse to Caernar­fon Town in the Word Cup last week be­fore Satur­day saw visi­tors Car­marthen Town pick up a 2-1 vic­tory.

Next comes a trip to Bala, who lie third in the ta­ble and are un­beaten in four matches with just a sin­gle goal con­ceded.

Pow­ell hopes to have cen­tral de­fender Adam Cum­mins, who missed the Car­marthen de­feat due to con­cus­sion, back for the game at Maes Tegid.

“We’ll have to re­group, train hard and hope we can put on a bet­ter per­for­mance at Bala,” said the Cit­i­zens chief.

“For some rea­son the lads seem to have a bit more con­fi­dence away from home, but we’ve got to make this place (Nant­porth) a source of bet­ter re­sults.”

Last Satur­day’s clash saw the Old Gold pun­ish Ban­gor twice for slack mark­ing from corners, Liam Thomas nod­ding the visi­tors in front be­fore Mark Jones headed a late de­cider.

In be­tween, Po­rya Ah­madi scored in his first goal in a City shirt.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game,” said Pow­ell.

“Car­marthen set their stall out to come here and de­fend and hit us on the break. It was up to us to break them down and we found it tough at times.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a close game and it was dis­ap­point­ing from our point of view that we were caught with two set-pieces.

“It cost us the game, not mark­ing prop­erly from two corners from which they scored their two goals.

“In the first half we matched them.

“We went out for the sec­ond half want­ing to get the ball down and play, but they didn’t give us the space to and we ended up knock­ing too many long balls, which is what we’re try­ing not to do.”

Pic: Richard Birch

In the 10th minute Car­marthen’s but it was the Old Gold who looked Kyle Bas­sett made a di­ag­o­nal run the more threat­en­ing, with the into the box but was foiled by home side largely flat and diskeeper Con­nor Roberts, Matty jointed. Wood­ward head­ing the loose ball Lewis played a smart one-two be­hind for a cor­ner. with Jones and looked cer­tain to

Kieran Lewis’s flag-kick from the score, but the ex­cel­lent Roberts left found Thomas with all the blocked su­perbly. space in the world to nod in the The Cit­i­zens’ best ef­fort of the opener. half saw Chris­tian Lan­gos turn and

Another cor­ner pro­duced the hit a left-footed shot which for­mer equaliser on 23 min­utes. all-blues keeper Lee Idzi fum­bled,

Sion Ed­wards played the ball but Ah­madi was un­able to cap­i­tal­short to Damien Allen, whose deep ise. cross to the back post saw Ah­madi Lan­gos also made a dy­namic run head in. into the box, but failed to get a shot

City were­off.now­firedu­pandSion Ed­wards was not far away with a Car­marthen con­tin­ued to look fierce free kick. dan­ger­ous on the break and nine

The stage was set for a big Ban­gor min­utes from time, Jones headed per­for­mance in the sec­ond half, in un­op­posed at the near post.

Ban­gor City celebrate Po­rya Ah­madi’s equaliser against Car­marthen.

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