Ban­gor fin­ish open­ing phase in third spot

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

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.

Luke Wall

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