Nine-goal romp has City in fine spirits for clash
BANGOR CITY will target a place in the last 32 of the Welsh Cup this Saturday when they entertain underdogs Cefn Albion at Nantporth (kick-off 2.30pm).
The visitors play in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division – a tier below the Citizens.
Albion were 7-1 victors over Dolgellau Athletic Amateurs in the previous round, where Bangor emerged 4-2 winners against Mold Alexandra, who play at the same standard as Cefn.
City’s weekend opponents entered the competition at the second qualifying round stage, where they pipped FC Queen’s Park 3-2.
Bangor will certainly enter Saturday’s second round tie on a high following last weekend’s 9-0 home demolition of Llanrhaeadr YM in the Huws Gray Alliance.
The all-blues gave a debut to midweek signing, former Wrexham and Wales U21 defender Mike Williams, in a back three as the experienced left-footer slotted in alongside Sam Barnes and Jordan Piggott on his home debut.
But it was one of more established players, Alex Darlington, who stole the show with a four-goal salvo, including a hat-trick in the second period.
The visitors went close in the opening minutes as Khyam Wyton shot wide from the edge of the box, but in the sixth minute Bangor took the lead through ex-Dundee and West Bromwich Albion defender Piggott.
Just after the quarter-hour, Jake Phillips made it 2-0 – his second in two games – and the pattern for the afternoon was now clearly established as Steven Hewitt and Yalany Baio took a grip of the midfield.
A third goal duly arrived on 27 minutes, the first of the afternoon from Darlington, and 3-0 is how it stayed up to the break.
The visitors came out for the second 45 minutes with a positive approach, but could not seriously trouble home goalkeeper Chris Mullock.
And on 51 minutes Jacob Farleigh put away number four with a well-worked effort and extinguished any hope of a Llanrhaeadr revival.
Fifteen minutes later Bangor went 5-0 ahead when Darlington struck again. Moments later Robbie Parry came on in place of Les Picture: RICHARD BIRCH Davies as City made the first change of the match.
On 71 minutes Marc Williams got in on the action to make it six as the visitors tired on the wide Nantporth pitch.
Again the goal was followed by a substitution as Sam Dool replaced Hewitt.
With just under a quarter of an hour to go, City added a seventh as Darlington completed his hat-trick as a prelude to a third substitution which saw young Alex Boss come on for Phillips on the right.
A fourth goal for Darlington made it eight and there was still time for one more as substitute Parry found the net.
This was City’s seventh victory on the bounce and they lie fourth in the Huws Gray Alliance, just two points off second spot.
Bangor City striker Alex Darlington (No.8) scores one of his four goals against Llanrhaedr Ym Mochnant