City boss: Still all to play for in race for sec­ond


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BAN­GOR City man­ager Kevin Nicholson in­sists there is still plenty of mileage left in the race for run­ners-up spot in the Welsh Premier League, de­spite his team’s dis­ap­point­ing 2-1 home loss to fel­low high-fly­ers Bala Town last week­end.

With nine-man Con­nah’s Quay No­mads also pulling off an amaz­ing 2-1 home vic­tory over Cefn Druids, City have slipped to fourth with five matches re­main­ing.

The Cit­i­zens are level on games and points with No­mads, who have a slightly bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence, but Bala are a point ahead of both in sec­ond hav­ing played a fix­ture less.

Ban­gor do not have a league match this week­end, but will no doubt be in­ter­ested in the out­come of Bala’s trip to lead­ers The New Saints on Fri­day.

Nicholson felt his team de­served noth­ing from their de­feat at the hands of a Bala out­fit which had been whipped 5-0 at Nant­porth in phase one back in Novem­ber.

City took a 13th-minute lead when Yves Zama headed in Steven He­witt’s free kick but were un­able to build on that, al­low­ing the Lakesiders to wrest com­mand.

Chris Ven­ables lev­elled be­fore half time and then con­verted a 56th-minute penalty given for a foul against Joel Bembo-Leta.

It could have been worse for the Cit­i­zens, with a hat-trick seek­ing Ven­ables de­nied a tre­ble when Matthew Hall saved a sec­ond spot-kick on 66 min­utes.

Nicholson said af­ter the game: “Tonight was bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing. Over the course of the 90 min­utes we didn’t de­serve to get any­thing from the game.

“The way that we played as a team wasn’t good enough, cer­tainly well be­low par in terms of our nor­mal stan­dards.

“If you look at the game the key word is ap­petite and I thought they showed far more ap­petite to win a game of foot­ball than what we did.

“We didn’t show enough brav­ery to get on the ball, put on pass­ing moves that were go­ing to hurt them.

“We didn’t make enough move­ments ahead of the ball; as a team col­lec­tively we were well be­low par and when that hap­pens you can­not ex­pect to win a foot­ball match.”

On a more op­ti­mistic note, the City boss added: “It’s a bit of a blow tonight, but noth­ing is done and dusted yet, we’ve still got a lot of points to play for. It’s all about how we re­spond to this now against Cardiff Met in two weeks’ time.”

Ban­gor will do bat­tle with Con­nah’s Quay No­mads in the Welsh Cup semi-fi­nals next month.

Last Tues­day, Andy Mor­ri­son’s side knocked out cup favourites The New Saints 2-1 at the Dee­side Sta­dium to set up a penul­ti­mate stage clash with City at the Cor­bett Sports Sta­dium in Rhyl on Satur­day, April 7.

Kick-off will be at 7.35pm and S4C will broad­cast the tie live.

City have won all three en­coun­ters against the Deesiders in the Welsh Premier League this sea­son.

In the other semi, Aberys­t­wyth Town and New­town will meet at Maes Tegid, Bala, on Sun­day, April 8, noon kick-off.

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