Relegation threat doesn’t prevent rousing City win
IF Bangor City have played their last game in the Welsh Premier League for a while then they certainly went out on a high note.
Refused the Domestic Licence essential to compete in the national league on appeal, the Citizens are facing relegation, despite clinching runners-up spot last Friday with a 2-1 win at Bala Town.
Finishing second would normally have sealed City automatic entry to the Europa League, but not holding either a Tier 1 or Uefa Licence bars them from playing in the Welsh Premier and Europe in 2018/19.
This means a potential end to the three-time WPL champions’ 26-year association with the league – unless a legal challenge the club’s owners are planning against the FAW’s decision is successful.
Bangor revealed last Thursday that the club’s appeal against the licences refusal was rejected on financial grounds, but insisted its books are in order.
City took the field the following evening at Bala under the cloud of impending relegation, yet came up with a rousing performance capped by George Harry’s magnificent 90th minute winner.
Manager Kevin Nicholson hailed an outstanding performance. He said: “It was great to finish with a win on Friday and clinch the runners-up spot in this season’s JD Welsh Premier League.
“Our aims were to finish the season strong, reach 60 points, finish second and be the nearest team to challene TNS. “We achieved all our targets. “Over the course of a league season and 32 matches, every side deserves to finish where they finish - we proved to be the second best team behind a very good TNS side.
“The players deserve huge credit for how they performed on Friday as well as the character and quality they have displayed throughout the season.
“The team have made considerable progress this season, winning more games, conceding less goals and accumulating more points.
“It’s been a marked improvement on previous seasons and we are very proud of achieving the club’s best league finish for six years.”
The Citizens took a 37th minute lead when Steven Hewitt finished off a slick move.
Bala had their opportunities, and Ian Sheridan levelled with 19 minutes remaining, but Harry’s angled injury time strike at least gave the City faithful something to shout about.