Below-par Bangor look to bounce back
BANGOR City travel to Buckley Town this Saturday desperate to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-0 home loss to Guilsfield in the Huws Gray Alliance.
It was only a second league reverse in nine outings for Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s side, but meant they missed out on going second behind runaway leaders Airbus.
City began their first-ever season in the second-tier of Welsh football with a home game against next opponents Buckley back in August, and it was a good day for the Citizens as they romped to a 5-1 victory.
Three points in any shape or form will be welcome this Saturday after such a poor showing against midtable Guilsfield, who struck twice after the interval following a goalless first half.
Taylor-Fletcher included himself in the starting line up for the first time since he rejoined the club. With defenders Mike Williams and Anthony Stephens both missing there was a recall for Yalany Baio, whilst Sam Dool also started. There was also a home debut for goalkeeper Nathan Wolland. Clearly these absences left the potential for defensive frailties and so it proved.
City had to wait until the quarter hour mark to have their first shot on target as Taylor-Fletcher tested goalkeeper Mike Jones. Moments later the player-manager got his head to a free kick but skewed his effort wide.
Dool lifted the ball beyond the visitors defence for Jacob Farleigh to latch onto but he fired over. Then top-scorer Alex Darlington shot wide from distance.
Minutes later City had to settle for a corner when loud shouts for a penalty were waved away after a goalmouth scramble in the Guilsfield box.
On the half-hour City rattled the woodwork, but Guilsfield also posed the occasional threat on the counter. Bangor conceded a corner which had to be hacked to safety by Marc Williams after some uncertainty in the home defence.
Five minutes into the second half the match took a turn for the worse against the Citizens.
Wolland did well to keep out a goalbound effort but from the resulting corner he dropped the ball for centre-back Sam Litchfield to rush in and put the visitors ahead.
In the 66th minute Jake Phillips lost possession and former Newtown striker Steve Blenkinsop ran clear to double the lead.
Bangor had to do something and Taylor-Fletcher brought on Les Davies and Sam Jones in place of Marc Williams and Darlington.
However, the visitors might have gone three-up but for an instinctive stop from Wolland.
With 20 minutes left Dool saw his volley just clear the Guilsfield crossbar before the visitors countered at speed and forced Wolland into a good one-on-one stop. Davies and Robbie Parry had late efforts for the hosts but they came to nothing.
A poor crowd of 179 had witnessed a below-par Bangor display.
City: Nathan Wolland, Sam Dool, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Yalany Baio, Sam Barnes, Jordan Piggott, Jake Phillips, Alex Darlington (Sam Jones 59), Marc Williams (Les Davies 59), Robbie Parry, Jacob Farleigh.
City player-manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher (16) makes an attempt on goal