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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
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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
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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.