Fight for fourth

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

BAN­GOR City Ladies will com­plete a fan­tas­tic sea­son this Sun­day with a visit to Den­bigh Town.

Ethan Ray’s side could se­cure a fourth-place fin­ish in the North Wales Women’s League with vic­tory in the Vale of Cl­wyd.

City made it back-to­back wins last week­end with a tre­men­dous 1-0 home de­feat of high-fly­ers Llanfair United.

Ceri Lois’ 27th goal of the sea­son set­tled a game which saw out­stand­ing de­fender Tash Matthews play her last home match be­fore leav­ing for col­lege at the start of next sea­son.

Ban­gor roared back to form last Wed­nes­day with a 6-1 away thrash­ing of Rhyl Devel­op­ment.

Lexi Craw­ley main­tained her stun­ning form with a four-goal haul.

City took a sev­enth minute lead when Ang­harad Evans slid a neat pass in be­hind the home de­fence and Ceri Lois fin­ished clin­i­cally.

Five min­utes later, Cerys Gadd pro­vided the pass for Craw­ley to put away her first.

Ban­gor went three-up in the 24th minute when Gadd’s 20-yarder found the net, keeper Lauren Jones guilty of an air­shot as she tried to clear it.

Rhyl cre­ated a cou­ple of chances at the end of the half.

Joy Jamieson’s fierce strike was held at the sec­ond at­tempt by keeper Emily Ridges, who then did well to deny Emily Jones when she was through one-onone.

Ceri Lois could have added a hat-trick in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half, twice hav­ing shots well stopped by keeper Jones and then fir­ing another ef­fort inches wide.

Rhyl then be­gan to make their mark, one firm Rachael Nat­trass ef­fort from 20 yards de­flected for­tu­nately off Ridges be­hind for a cor­ner. Another fierce Nat­trass strike was kept out more con­ven­tion­ally by the keeper.

Ceri Lois was foiled by a good re­ac­tion stop from keeper Jones, then, on 70 min­utes, there was a glim­mer of hope for Rhyl.

Sade Ben­jamin’s shot was spilled by Ridges and sub­sti­tute Ceri Purvis was fol­low­ing up to score from the re­bound.

The next goal would prove cru­cial and it came from Ban­gor, Craw­ley’s de­flected at­tempt find­ing the net past the wrong-footed Jones.

Ceri Lois rat­tled the post be­fore Craw­ley added two more from close range in the clos­ing min­utes.

Ban­gor City Ladies

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