Bangor finish opening phase in third spot
BANGOR CITY are in third place at the end of Welsh Premier League phase one following last Saturday’s narrow 2-1 defeat away to champions The New Saints.
A win for Kevin Nicholson’s men would have been enough for City to take the runners-up berth with second-place Connah’s Quay Nomads losing 4-2 at Aberystwyth Town, but it was not to be.
The Citizens close the first phase with 12 wins, three draws and seven defeats in 22 matches, having scored 36 goals and conceded 24.
Their best results were undoubtedly the 5-2 thrashing of TNS on the opening night, as well as registering doubles over Nomads and fourth-place Bala Town, who matched City’s points total.
Defeats away to lowly Prestatyn Town, and a 1-0 home loss to Llandudno in a game in which City conceded in the 90th minute after dominating, rank among the lowest points of the first five months.
Bangor have a break from league action this weekend before travelling to face Mid-Wales League minnows Llanrhaeadr-ymMochnant in the Welsh Cup on January 27.
After that comes 10 more games in the second phase of the WPL season, in which the All-Blues will renew hostilities with fellow top-sixers TNS, Connah’s Quay, Bala Town, Cardiff Met and Cefn Druids.
Last Saturday saw City perform well at Park Hall. The visitors started with the same confidence they showed in beating TNS at Nantporth back in August, George Harry and Luke Wall causing problems with their pace and enterprise.
However, Greg Draper missed a great chance for the full-timers on 15 minutes.
Draper also forced a fine save out of Bangor No.1 Matthew Hall on the half-hour.
Blaine Hudson had the ball in the back of the net midway through the second half, but the referee disallowed the effort for a foul.
Nonetheless, Aeron Edwards scored for the hosts with 10 minutes to go.
Bangor responded immediately as Gary Taylor-Fletcher had a shot cleared off the line before Wall charged in to prod the ball home. This set up a tense finish, but it was Hudson who hit the 87th-minute decider.