City squan­der chances in New Year opener

Bangor Mail - - SPORT - Dave Jones

BAN­GOR City will look to bounce back from their first de­feat in 10 matches when they host New­town in the JD Welsh Premier League this Fri­day (7.45pm).

A 90th minute goal from Marc Wil­liams snatched the points for Llan­dudno in a dra­matic 1-0 win at Nant­porth on New Year’s Day.

City only had them­selves to blame for los­ing a match they con­trolled for the most part but were found badly want­ing in the fin­ish­ing de­part­ment.

In the very first minute Dean Rit­ten­berg smartly set up Danny Gos­set, who lashed inches wide. Gary Tay­lor-Fletcher and Rit­ten­berg worked Tudno keeper Dave Roberts be­fore Steven He­witt’s hang­ing de­liv­ery had the cus­to­dian back-ped­alling and the ball bounced off the bar.

Llan­dudno de­fender Mike Wil­liams should have done better from a free header but could only find the grate­ful arms of Matthew Hall, who launched a counter from which Luke Wall’s left-foot ef­fort was bril­liantly held by Roberts.

Ban­gor lost ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Paul Con­nolly and mid­fielder Gos­set both to in­jury in that open­ing 45 min­utes.

The hosts be­gan the sec­ond half as strongly as they did the first, sub­sti­tute Bray­den Shaw see­ing his 20-yard mis­sile pushed be­hind for a cor­ner.

The all-blues kept pil­ing on the pres­sure, the Tudno de­fence block­ing three shots in quick suc­ces­sion in the 67th minute.

Llan­dudno’s first threat of the sec­ond half came on 70 min­utes when Danny Hughes fired straight down Hall’s throat from 18 yards.

Then in the 90th minute, Hall’s at­tempted clear­ance bal­looned up in the air of the clos­ing-down Wil­liams, who won the chase to the loose ball and found the net.

Llan­dudno’s Sam Hart wins this aerial chal­lenge with Gary Tay­lor Fletcher.

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