Legg rings the changes ahead of new sea­son

Bangor Mail - - SPORT - by Dave Jones

AFTER one of the most fran­tic sum­mers in Ban­gor City’s long his­tory the club will be hop­ing it is all right on the night when they face Cefn Druids in their Welsh Pre­mier League sea­son opener at Nant­porth on Fri­day (7.45pm).

Within the past two months, City have been taken over by a Cheshire-based con­sor­tium, have sacked long-serv­ing man­ager Neville Pow­ell, and seen new sign­ings leave al­most as rapidly as they ar­rived, while last week came the ap­point­ment of Andy Legg as first-team boss.

Legg ad­mits prepa­ra­tions have hardly been smooth ahead of this week­end’s visit of newly-pro­moted Druids, but says he is up for the task.

The for­mer Wales and Swansea City de­fender and ex-Llanelli player-chief will have had just two train­ing ses­sions with the squad before Fri­day.

His first game at the helm brought a 2-1 home de­feat at the hands of Huws Gray Al­liance vis­i­tors Holy­head Hot­spur last Thurs­day.

Legg pulled no punches after the game, ex­press­ing con­cern over the lack of match fitness in the ranks.

“We have the mak­ings of a de­cent side, but we’re play­ing catch-up,” said Legg last Sun­day.

“The players are not fit enough and I’m nowhere near know­ing my start­ing XI for next Fri­day.

“We’ve got two train­ing ses­sions this week, which will be my first chance to train with the players, and then it’s a case of pick­ing 11 players who are fit enough to com­plete a full game on Fri­day.”

Since tak­ing over, Legg has wel­comed the ar­rival of strik­ers Jamie Reed and Os­car Durnin, and this week signed veteran Foot­ball League forward and Wales cap Daniel Nardiello, as well as mid­field mae­stro Henry Jones from Swansea City.

Reed, 28, was top scorer for Ban­gor in the 2009/10 sea­son and his 17 goals at the start of 2010/11 before his de­par­ture to York City helped Neville Pow­ell’s side even­tu­ally lift the Welsh Pre­mier League crown.

The 21-year-old Durnin started his ca­reer with the Tran­mere Rovers acad­emy, prior to join­ing Staly­bridge Celtic in Au­gust 2013.

He tasted WPL foot­ball with Cefn Druids in 2014/15 before a switch to War­ring­ton Town.

The son of for­mer Ox­ford United and Portsmouth striker John, Durnin has most re­cently en­joyed spells at Prescot Ca­bles and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

“We’ve got to get Jamie Reed fit and he’s nowhere near at the mo­ment,” added the Ci­ti­zens boss.

“Once we’ve got him back to the way I know him, he’ll be a great as­set to us and will score goals.

“Os­car’s a neat and tidy player who passes the ball well. He’s got a good foot­balling brain on him, which I like.”

Nardiello be­gan at Manch­ester United and has been a noted goal­get­ter for Barns­ley and Rotherham in re­cent sea­sons, among other Foot­ball League clubs.

Legg ex­pects a dif­fi­cult test against Druids on Fri­day.

“They’ve got noth­ing to lose. Ev­ery­one will ex­pect Ban­gor to win but Druids must be a de­cent side to have won pro­mo­tion and they’ll go for it,” he said.

“My job is to pick a team ca­pa­ble of last­ing a full 90 min­utes and to get a win.

“If we can just get that win we can build and grow from there.”

And Legg ap­pealed to City’s fans to get be­hind the team.

“Ban­gor is the big­gest club in the WPL support-wise and it would be great to have a big crowd there on Fri­day night,” he said.

“It’s our first game and it would be tremen­dous to have a mas­sive support be­hind us.”

Pic­ture: RICHARD BIRCH

Sion Ed­wards (No11) is swamped after scor­ing for the cur­rent Ban­gor City side in his week­end testimonia­l (see re­port at bot­tom of this page)

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