BANGOR CITY MATCH REPORTS 2017-18
 

MATCH REPORT ARCHIVE














for September - December 2017
 MATCH REPORTS


31
16th February 18
Bangor City
1
v
0
 Connahs Quay
Welsh Premier
-
  Colours
  Blue & White
  SCORERS
 Anthony Miley



  Man of The Match
  Anthony Miley
 Match Official

Lee Evans
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 Bangor City
Y
R


















R
Y
Connahs Quay

13  Matthew Hall




John Danby.. 1
15
 Danny Holmes




Mike Pearson.. 2
3
 Tom Kennedy




Kai Edwards.. 3
4
 Luke Wall




James Owen.. 16
5
 Anthony Miley




Sean Smith.. 15
16
 Danny Gossett




Danny Harrison.. 6
7
 Gary Taylor Fletcher




Jake Phillips.. 19
8
 Alex Darlington




Callum Morris.. 8
24
 Steven Hewitt



Mike Wilde.. 9
10
 Dean Rittenberg




Michael Bakare.. 22
19
 Laurence Wilson




Declan Poole.. 12
        substitutes
substitutes        
1
 Connor Roberts GK


Johnny Spittle.. 4
2
 Gethin Thomas




Ryan Wignall (58) for 8 Morris.. 7
9
 Yves Zama (46) for 4 Wall

Andy Owens (72) for 9 Wilde.. 10
12
 George Harry (32) for 12 Darlington



Nathan Woolfe.. 11
17
 Joel Bembo Leta (85) for 7 GTF



Rob Hughes (78) for 16 Owen.. 21
18
 Sam Jones






28
 Guto Williams






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  Colours
  Red
  SCORERS




  Man of The Match
  Danny Harrison
 Official Attendance

424

  A commanding display from defensive lynchpin Anthony Miley guided Bangor to a hard fought win against visitors Copnnahs Quay.
 
This result maintained City's push for second and made it three wins from three Welsh Premier encounters with Jock Morrison's men.
 
The blues were pushed all the way by the Deeside outfit who were denied by some brave defending and at times outstanding goalkeeping from Matthew Hall.
   City kicked off attacking The Antelope End but the opening exchanges were edged by The Nomads for whom leading goalscorer Mike Wilde headed over inside five minutes following some positive play on the right wing from Declan Poole.
  On ten minutes the visitors forced a couple of corners as Anthony Miley and Tom Kennedy defended purposefully.
  Five minutes later another corner for Connahs Quay saw Michael Bakare fire into the side netting. Midway through the half the visitors pressed again through Bakare and Wilde with blues leftback Laurence Wilson injured as he cleared.
  On the half hour Sean Smith fired over the bar before Bangor stirred as Tom Kennedy found Gary Taylor Fletcher whose volley forced a fine save from John Danby as City forced their way into the game. But they suffered a setback as Alex Darlington limped off to be replaced by George Harry. In truth Bangor players had been on the receiving end of some heavy challenges from the visitors.
  Ten minutes before the interval Bangor had a penalty appeal against Kai Edwards waved away by Referee Lee Evans.
  But the last word belonged to Matthew Hall who pulled off a good low save from Michael Bakare to keep the blues on level terms as Referee Evans blew for half time moments later.


HALF TIME 0-0

  A change at the interval for City as Yves Zama replaced Luke Wall.
  City now attacking the Bangor end and from the restart more determined to snatch the opening goal.
  Five minutes into the second period Dean Rittenberg robbed Jake Phillips on the left and forced a full stretch save from John Danby as his curling right footer threatened the top corner.
  From the ensuing corner City went ahead as Kai Edwards inadvertently headed past his own goalkeeper after Michael Bakare appeared to flick Laurence Wilson's flag kick on.
 (This goal was initially credited to Anthony Miley)
  Soon after the restart things might have got worse for the visitors as Danny Harrison halted Yves Zama as he broke on half way. Referee Evans opted for a yellow card when red was an option.
  On 58 minutes a first change for the visitors as Ryan Wignall came on for Callum Morris. Ten minutes later a yellow card for Jamie Owen for a heavy challenge on Laurence Wilson.
  The Nomads pressed through Mike Wilde, Michael Bakare and Kai Edwards but Anthony Miley marshalled his defence and the danger passed.
  More substitutions on 72 and then 78 minutes as Andy Owens replaced Mike Wilde and then Rob Hughes came on for Jamie Owen. Both new signings over the January window.
  Ten minutes from time a good strike from Bakare was blocked by Danny Gossett and two minutes another yellow card for the abrasive visitors, this time to Sean Smith.
  With around five minutes left Joel Bembo Leta came on for a weary Gary Taylor Fletcher and within minutes the big substitute sent a shot wide from the edge of the box as City sought a conclusive second.
  Into the four added minutes and Bembo Leta unwittingly nearly turned the ball past his won keeper but Matthew Hall did well to prevent the unwanted own goal.
  As time ran out assistant manager Neil Gibson was sent to the stand for appearing to boot the dugout. Somethings never change.
  Finally the whistle blew and the 420+ fans present could celebrate an important win in the race for Europe.
  You cannot always win in great flowing style, as manager Kevin Nicholson rightly commented after the whistle, results are what matter most now.

Photo above with thanks to Aled Wyn Jones
FINAL SCORE 1-0 



30
9 February 2018
The New Saints
3
v
0
 Bangor City
Welsh Premier
-



  Colours
  Green & White
  SCORERS
 Aeron Edwards 2
 Ryan Brobbel

 
  Man of The Match
  Aeron Edwards
 Match Official

Nick Pratt
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Y
R


















R
Y
Bangor City

1  Paul Harrison




Matthew Hall.. 13
2
 Simon Spender




Danny Holmes.. 15
3
 Chris Marriott




Tom Kennedy.. 3
12
 Blaine Hudson




Luke Wall.. 4
5
 Connall Rawlinson




Anthony Miley.. 5
6
 Jon Routledge




Danny Gossett.. 16
23
 Aeron Edwards




Gary Taylor Fletcher.. 7
8
 Ryan Brobbel




Alex Darlington.. 8
17
 Dean Ebbe




Joel Bembo Leta.. 17
14
 Jamie Mullan




Dean Rittenberg.. 10
18
 Tom Holland




Steven Hewitt.. 24
        substitutes
substitutes        
13
 Aaron Jones GK




Connor Roberts.. 1
4
 Steve Saunders (91) for 12 Hudson



Gethin Thomas..
2
9
 Greg Draper (73) for 18 Holland



Yves Zama (66) for 8 Darlington.. 9
26
 Ryan Pryce


 
George Harry.. 12
27
 Kevin Mauber (87) for 17 Ebbe



Sam Jones.. 18






Guto Williams.. 28










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  Colours
  Blue
  SCORERS




  Man of The Match
  Luke Wall
 Official Attendance

271

  Bangor left empty handed after being  outpassed and largely outplayed by the champions elect at Park Hall.
  Before a sparse crowd on a damp chill evening City kicked off attacking the car park end and started brightly but unfortunately soon ran out of steam.
  
The opening quarter hour belonged to Bangor who seemed intent on making a statement with Danny Holmes sending over an inviting cross that no one could connect with before the chance of the evening - from a blues perspective - came and went.
  On the twelth minute Gary Taylor Fletcher sent Luke Wall in on goal but the left footer lashed his shot too close to Paul Harrison who made a decent save.
  The home side now gradually took control with their patient passing play from the back, with leftback Chris Marriott and new striker Dean Ebbe both having half chances to open the scoring.
  Midfielder Tom Holland and Aeron Edwards central to the home sides performance although recent signing Ebbe did not hold the same menace as normal number nine Greg Draper who was injured when the two sides met a month ago.
  But although the Shropshire side held sway blues goalkeeper Matthew Hall was not tested and just before half time City rallied to win a freekick on the left. This clearly upset the home side who had first Aeron Edwards and then Tom Holland booked for variously protesting the decision and then trying to delay the taking of the freekick.
  Ironically perhaps the set piece came to nothing which meant the two sides left the field with honours even although fair to say City had spent probably the final half hour chasing shadows or similar.

HALF TIME 0-0 
  No changes at the interval for either side.
  With City now attacking the Bangor Hill end the blues fans gathered in the metallic stand which echoed their chants of support.
  But it was the home side who took the initiative from the kick off and within two minutes Matthew Hall did well to deny to energetic Aeron Edwards.
  City responded as Dean Rittenberg latched onto Luke Wall's pass but fired over.
  On 53 minutes the game began to unravel. Some weak defensive work offered Aeron Edwards the chance to latch onto a loose ball and crash home from twelve yards.
  Minutes later Connal Rawlinson saw his header tipped over by Matthew Hall who was by now earning his keep in the blues goal.
  Danny Holmes went into Nick Pratt's book for a foul but on 63 minutes the home side double their lead as Aeron Edwards got on the end of a cross from Chris Marriott to grab his second of the evening.
  On 65 minutes a first change for Bangor as January signing Yves Zama came on for Alex Darlington and three minutes later Gary Taylor Fletcher was shown the yellow card for comments passed to the referee. Greg Draper came on for midfielder Tom Holland as he searched for his 100th WP goal.
  The pitch was by now hard and crunchy as the players trod warily as the frost settled. In fairness to Nick Pratt there appeared to be no complaints from the players or their benches and no one seemed to fall foul of the elements.
  With seven minutes left to play a low cross from Luke Wall just evaded the inrushing Dean Rittenberg as City looked to finish on the front foot and were repeatedly present the ball by the cumbersome Blaine Hudson booking aimless passes forwards. Minutes later one newcomer replaced another for the Saints as Irishman Dean Ebbe made way for the Estonian Kevin Mauber.
  As the game entered added time Hudson was replaced by Steve Saunders but it was Ryan Brobbel who had the last word with a great run and finish from the left which left Matthew Hall well beaten.
  So a three nil defeat for the blues and further proof if needed that the Park Hall side are the masters of this artificial surface.
Photos above The Citizens Choice
FINAL SCORE 3-0 



29
3 February 2018
Bangor City
3
v
0
 Cardiff Met
Welsh Premier
-
  Colours
  Blue & White
  SCORERS
 Gary Taylor Fletcher
 Anthony Miley
 Dean Rittenberg

  Man of The Match
  Danny Gossett
 Match Official

David Morgan
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 Bangor City
Y
R


















R
Y
Cardiff Met

1  Matthew Hall




Will Fuller.. 1
15
 Danny Holmes




Dylan Rees . 2
3
 Tom Kennedy




Kyle McCarthy . 3
4
 Luke Wall




Joel McCarthy . 14
5
 Anthony Miley




Aaron James . 19
16
 Danny Gossett




Ben Bowler . 6
7
 Gary Taylor Fletcher




Elliot Evans . 7
8
 Alex Darlington




Chris Baker . 8
30
 Paul Connolly



Adam Roscrow . 9
10
 Dean Rittenberg




Will Evans
18
24
 Steven Hewitt 



Harry Hope
20
        substitutes
substitutes        
1
 Connor Roberts GK


Dan Evans GK.. 30
6
 Joel Bembo Leta (12) for 30 C'olly



Jordan Lam (56) for 14 McCarthy . 11
9
 Yves Zama (69) for 10 Ritt'berg

Josh Barnett (90) for 9 Roscrow . 16
12
 George Harry




Gwion Howell (80) for 18 Evans   17
18
 Sam Jones




Matt Swindlehurst . 26
23
 Brayden Shaw (80) for 15 Holmes



Rhydian Morgan 
28








-

  Colours
  Brown & Black
  SCORERS




  Man of The Match
  Will Fuller
 Official Attendance

360

  This was a strong team performance from Bangor who kicked off their second phase fixtures with an emphatic win over the Cardiff side.
  The pre match news saw Paul Connolly step in for Laurence Wilson with Tom Kennedy moving to left back. Further upfield there was a start for Alex Darlington but the two newcomers, who had scored at Llanrhaeadr, were on the bench.
  Bangor kicked off attacking The Antelope End on a firm Nantporth pitch, protected pre match by the two teams warming up on the adjacent 3G.
  The visitors began by dominating possession with a studious if futile display of sideways passing which ended in the sixth minute when Steven Hewitt snatched the ball and lashed wide from twenty yards.
  Two minutes later Bangor had the lead.
  Danny Holmes freed Luke Wall on the right, his inviting cross was headed home powerfully by Gary Taylor Fletcher from ten yards to leave Will Fuller no chance. An eighth goal of the season for the mercurial veteran reminscent of Wyn Davies who also wore the blue of Bangor and orange of Blackpool.
  But on eleven minutes a setback for City as Paul Connolly trudged off to be replaced by Joel Bembo Leta in central defence.
  Cardiff now had to come out of their possession orientated stupour and attacked although one foray was cut short by a head injury to Will Evans which tempted a visiting defender to bellow an obscenity at the officials which appeared to go unheard.
  The first threat from the students came from a rusty looking Adam Roscrow who scuffed a shot at Matthew Hall from the right on twenty minutes before the Bangor keeper was yellow carded for a clearance on the edge of his box. The ball crashed out on the Menai Straits side but a freekick was duly awarded which Elliot Evans fired at goal but Danny Gossett bravely blocked and cleared. On the counter City won a corner crossed from the right but crashed narrowly wide by substitute Bembo Leta.
  The all action Gossett along with Steven Hewitt and Gary Taylor Fletcher were at the centre of all good things from City whilst Luke Wall had the beating of leftback McCarthy.
  Elliot Evans went close for Cardiff before City won another corner which again saw Bembo Leta have a shot blocked. Adam Roscrow was growing into the game and his snap shot from the left forced a good save from Matthew Hall and led to a couple of corners which City defended well.
  Ten minutes from time Danny Gossett raced in on goal and netted but the offside flag was already waving in the wind. Moments later the busy midfielder fired over from twenty yards after a Steven Hewitt diagonal had created a chance for Danny Holmes to cross.
  Five minutes before the interval Luke Wall picked out debutant Darlington on the left but Fuller did well to parry his fierce drive.
  Bangor won a couple more corners before Dean Rittenberg burst into the six yard area but Fuller denied him with a brilliant point blank save.
  Two minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official which saw Steven Hewitt shoot off target and as the half time whistle blew City left the field with a single goal advantage which scarcely reflected their dominance.
Photo above The Citizens Choice

HALF TIME 1-0

  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor now attacking the Bangor end with the wind blowing across from from the left hand corner flag into their faces.
  Four minutes after the restart Bangor doubled their lead.
  A fifth corner of the afternoon from the left was fired home at the near post by Anthony Miley from Steven Hewitt's cross.
  Cardiff responded on 55 minutes by introducing right winger Jordan Lam for Joel McCarthy but it was City who continued to create the openings as Dean Rittenberg ran into the box but was denied at close range by Fuller. On the hour mark a debut yellow card for Alex Darlington for a foul on Aaron James on the half way line.
  On 69 minutes City reaped the rewards their performance deserved and dispelled any fears of a copy cat comeback from the Met side who fought back from a two nil deficit in October.
  The goal came when Joel Bembo Leta's fourty yard pass picked out Dean Rittenberg who lifted the ball over Will Fuller and into the top right hand corner from the left of goal. City fans had barely finished celebrating the certain victory when goalscorer Rittenberg was replaced by Yves Zama.
  Cardiff kept their sense of purpose and Adam Roscrow fired on target from long range bu Matthew Hall saw it all the way. Yves Zama then cut in from the left but saw his right footer swerve side of the upright. Danny Holmes, who had impressed on the right with Luke Wall, then fired on target but Fuller held cleanly.
  Zama then fired across goal from the right and City strove for the fourth goal. The visitors theatened by once again Anthony Miley stood strong and cleared the danger. With ten minutes left Brayden Shaw replaced Danny Holmes and Gwion Howell came on for Will Evans.
  On ninety minutes a final change for the visitors as Adam Roscrow made way for Josh Barnett and in the three minutes of added time Yves Zama chased down a ball which seemed to be running out for a goalkick. He passed to Brayden Shaw but his shot from the left veered wide.
  So a comfortable win for the blues over a Cardiff side who had won both previous encounters between the two sides in the first schedule of fixtures.
  And with the other two top six matches ending in draws this was a positive start to the final phase for Bangor.
Photos above The Citizens Choice
FINAL SCORE 3-0




28
27 January 2018
Llanrhaeadr
2
v
3
 Bangor City
Welsh Premier
-



  Colours
  Blue & White
  SCORERS
 Iwan Matthews
 Dan Graham

 
  Man of The Match
  Iwan Matthews
 Match Official

Nick Pratt
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 Llanrhaeadr Y Mochnant
Y
R


















R
Y
Bangor City

1  Connor Lee




Connor Roberts. 1
2
 Matt Evans




Danny Holmes.. 15
3
 Dale Evans




Tom Kennedy.. 3
4
 Kieran Evans




Luke Wall.. 4
5
 Glenn Evans




Anthony Miley.. 5
6
 Dan Kelly




Danny Gossett.. 16
7
 Tom Evans




Joel Bembo-Leta.. 17
8
 Joe Vaughan




Brayden Shaw.. 23
9
 Iwan Matthews




Yves Zama.. 9
10
 Mark Griffiths




Dean Rittenberg.. 10
11
 Tom Bailey




Laurence Wilson.. 19
        substitutes
substitutes        
12
 Iain Edmunds (70) for Evans



Matthew Hall.. 13
14
 Khyam Wytton



George Harry (81) for Wall..
12
15
 Dan Graham (78) for 11  Bailey



Sam Jones (86) for Zama.. 18
16
 Gus Harris


 
Steven Hewitt.. 24
17
 Jack Brayne




Guto Williams (69) for 10  R'berg.. 28


-
  Colours
  Red
  SCORERS
 Joel Bembo Leta 2
 Yves Zama


  Man of The Match
  Joel Bembo Leta
 Official Attendance

000

  Bangor slid past Llanrhaeadr on a slithery Recreational Field with both new signings scoring and giving a good account of themselves in very difficult conditions.
  City gave debuts to recent signings Joel Bemba Leta in midfield and Yves Zama upfront. Certainly the powerful Leta stood strong alongside the hardworking Danny Gossett in midfield and looked the dominant blues (or reds) player on the day.
  Bangor kicked off up the slight slope and into the wind.
  A sizeable crowd gathered around the sides, bolstered by those freed up by local postponements.
 
But the early focus was on referee Nick Pratt as he awarded Llanrhaeadr an eighth mnute penalty.
 
Blues goalkeeper Connor Roberts challenged Mark Griffiths at full stretch and the former Bala striker fell over to allow local lad Iwan Matthews to smash the ball beyond Roberts from the spot for a one nil lead.
  But the visitors had not come to lie down and within five minutes Laurence Wilson crossed for number nine Yves Zama (right) to send a looping header over Connor Lee to level the scores.
  Both sides started to slug it out on a tricky slithery pitch. Referee Pratt soon began to influence the flow of the game with his random interventions.
  On 25 minutes Bangor went ahead, once more the new signings at the heart of the action. A Laurence Wilson cross from the left was flicked on by Zama for Joel Bemba Leta (left) to crash home from six yards to the delight of the noisy blues contingent.
  Leftback Dale Evans might have thought he had equalised but Tom Kennedy managed to divert his goalbound shot over. Danny Gossett and Bembo Leta were grafting in midfield whilst Anthony Miley was as full stretch to keep tabs on the veteran Griffiths.
  Seven minutes from the break Bembo Leata was yellow carded for a pull on Joe Vaughan before Iwan Matthews tested Connort Roberts with a fine strike from the left. The ball ran to Glenn Evans but his shot was blocked before Tom Bailey headed wide.
  Next a clever piece of play involving Dean Rittenberg and Luke Wall on the right released the marauding Zama but he fired into the side netting.
  Llanrhaeadr player manager Griffiths then threatened with a shot on the turn but sent his effort just wide of the post. In the three minutes of added time there was a yellow card for Danny Holmes for a poor challenge and that was about it. The pitch which had started off soft and slippery was now bobbly and treacherous. Perfect for cup football - and a cup upset!
Photos above The Citizens Choice

HALF TIME 1-2
  No changes at the interval for either side.
  The theory was now that with the wind at their backs, being fitter and all that, City would dominate and stroll through. Well...
  City took the early initiative as they attacked the school end. The impressive Zama wriggled through three or four challenges before Dale Evans floored him on the blue right. A yellow card for the left back as Mr Pratt gathered momentum. A freekick to City which saw Dean Rittenberg shoot wide from the edge of the box.
  Seven minutes after the restart Bangor went three one up and the script suggested they might.
  A Luke Wall cross from the right headed home emphatically by Joel Bemba Leta for his second of the afternoon on debut which he celebrated in acrobatic style.
  But rather than give up the Spar Mid side redoubled their efforts and threw everything they could at the blues goal. They pushed City back and won three corners on the bounce, their fifth, sixth and seventh of the afternoon to test Connor Roberts and his defence to the full. Ten minutes after the restart a clean strike from Iwan Matthews brought a good save from Connor Roberts from a freekick which resulted in a close range effort being skied from close range by Tom Bailey.
  On the hour Matthews shot narrowly wide as he continued to threaten with his pace and trickery on the slithery surface.
  Referee Pratt ramped up the fines finances with three yellows inside a mnute, one for Laurence Wilson for a poor tackle quickly followed by two more for Anthony Miley and Tom Bailey for reasons unknown. On 68 minutes the inevitable red card as Laurence Wilson was shown a second yellow for a tackle from behind on Iwan Matthews.
  How would City manage for the final twenty with ten men? One advantage was the two goal cushion, the other the narrow pitch which made it very difficult to get in behind.
  With twenty minutes left young Guto Williams replaced Dean Rittenberg and then Dale Evans and Mark Griffiths made way for Iain Edmunds and Khyam Wytton. Momnets later a yellow card for burly Glenn Evans as Llanrhaeadr conceded a freekick which Joel Bembo Leta headed just over as  he searched for a hatrick.
   One final change for the home side saw Dan Graham come on for Tom Bailey. Brayden Shaw got the ball out of his feet and shot on goal but Lee saved well down by the foot of his post.
  Then with nine minutes left George Harry replaced Luke Wall before Joel Bembo Leta again went close but goalkeeper Lee was up to the challenge. Four minutes left on the clock as Sam Jones trotted on for Yves Zama who had impresedon debut.
  But with three minutes to go the ten men had their backs to the wall as Iwan Matthews crossed for Dan Graham to flick the ball home despite the best efforts of the mud and blues defenders.
  Into added time - no electronic boards - and as players and supporters scratched their heads about the time remaining a yellow card for Kieran Evans and four minutes into what proved to be six - Sam Jones raced clear only to be brought down by Dan Kelly. Second yellow and red for the defender which even to hardened Pratt watchers seemed harsh.
  And that was about it, the final whistle finally blew and City slid out of Llanrhaeadr with their cup hopes alive after an exciting accident ridden afternoon in the Tanat Valley. A word of praise for the village side both in terms of their efforts on the pitch and the preparations off it, good luck for the rest of the season.
Photos above The Citizens Choice
FINAL SCORE 2-3



27
13 January 2018
The New Saints
2
v
1
 Bangor City
Welsh Premier
-



  Colours
  Green & White
  SCORERS
 Aeron Edwards
 Blaine Hudson

 
  Man of The Match
  Paul Harrison
 Match Official

Bryn M Jones
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Y
R


















R
Y
Bangor City

1  Paul Harrison




Matthew Hall.. 13
2
 Simon Spender




Danny Holmes.. 15
26
 Ryan Pryce




Tom Kennedy.. 3
4
 Blaine Hudson




Luke Wall.. 4
5
 Connall Rawlinson




Guto Williams.. 28
6
 Jon Routledge




Danny Gossett.. 16
23
 Aeron Edwards




Gary Taylor Fletcher.. 7
8
 Ryan Brobbel




Steven Hewitt.. 24
9
 Greg Draper




George Harry.. 12
14
 Jamie Mullan




Dean Rittenberg.. 10
18
 Tom Holland




Laurence Wilson.. 19
        substitutes
substitutes        
13
 Aaron Jones GK




Connor Roberts.. 1
4
 Steve Saunders




Anthony Miley..
5
11
 Robbie Parry




James Demetriou.. 9
19
 Ben Clark


 
Sam Jones.. 18
20
 Alex Darlington (76) for Draper



Brayden Shaw (75) for 12  Harry.. 23
24
 Jacob Farleigh



Paul Connolly.. 30
35
 Chris Craven








-
  Colours
  Blue
  SCORERS
 Luke Wall



  Man of The Match
  Tom Kennedy
 Official Attendance

322

  Bangor slipped to a narrow defeat at Park Hall despite deserving at least a share of the spoils.  Needless to say Referee Bryn Markham Jones was the focal point of a moment of controvesy.
  City left Anthony MIley and Paul Connolly on the bench and started with Guto Williams alongside Tom Kennedy in central defence.
  
City settled quicker and won a early corner after a jittery clearance from Rawlinson before the one paced Tom Holland was yellow carded for a pull on Luke Wall as he threatened on the blues right.
  Tom Holland picked out Greg Draper who fired over from the left on the quarter hour. Then Steven Hewitt's raking diagonal found Luke Wall whose instant control opened up the defence but Paul Harrison saved comfortably. Minutes later Dean Rittenberg supplied Luke Wall whose cross from the right was volleyed goalwards by Gary Taylor Fletcher but Harrison pulled off a tremendous stop.
  Just before the half hour, Draper who was after 100th WP goal, forced a fine save from Matthew Hall who had scarcely been inolved up to that time. Five minutes before the interval Dean Rittenberg supplied George Harry but he was denied by Harrison as his near post.
  But there was a major scare for City minutes before the interval as a defensive slip up on half way left in Greg Draper but Guto Williams recovered impressively to deny the Somerset born striker with a well timed challenge as he closed in on goal.
  So a blank first half during which Bangor had bettered the English side but found goalkeeper Paul Harrison in defiant form. Certainly Luke Wall, Steven Hewitt and Gary Taylor Fletcher had asked questions of the league leaders defence that they had to let the glovesman answer.

HALF TIME 0-0 
  No changes at the interval for either side.
  The blues fans now relocated to the stand behind the far goal and continued their noisy support.
  But the action switched to the other end as TNS won a corner which was headed over by Rawlinson from close range.
  Ten minutes after the restart another great stop by Harrison to deny George Harry who firm strike from the left came from a Dean Rittenberg pass. Within a minute Matthew Hall did well to keep out an acrobatic effort from Greg Draper as chances came and went at both ends.
  Next Gary Taylor Fletcher saw his goalbound effort deflected wide
  Controvesy was now on the horizon. Danny Gossett was shown the yellow card by Mr Jones for a clear pull on Jamie Mullan as the little Saint broke upfield. A minute later Tom Holland committed a very similar offence and was apparently on the verge of a (second) yellow card when the official relented and merely awarded the freekick.
  With thirty minutes left to play this was a big decision which in all fairness the referee appeared reluctant to make.
  Just over twenty minutes remained when it seemed the home side had the lead. A TNS corner was headed home by Blaine Hudson but the beanpole defender had climbed over Tom Kennedy and a freekick cut short the celebrations.
  With around fifteen minutes to play both sides made a change. First Brayden Shaw came on for George Harry and then Alex Darlington replaced Greg Draper who had been injured a short while earlier.
  On 79 minutes Aeron Edwards put the home side ahead as Darlington square the ball from the right.
  But City were far from beaten and four minutes later Luke Wall fired home from ten yards out after Brayden Shaw's header and a Gary Taylor Fletcher shot had been repelled. Taylor Fletcher shouted for a penalty against Spender in the melee but Referee Jones rightly allowed the follow up.
  Three minutes from time, with a draw seeming likely, Blaine Hudson netted again and this time the goal stood. The Shropshire side celebrated a goal which effectively clinched the league title in early January.
  So an undeserved defeat for Bangor on a ground which holds few happy memories for City fans. But a performance to be proud of, in particular the outstanding Tom Kennedy alongside seventeen year old Guto Williams who is surely destined for better things.
  And when did Bangor last play at Park Hall in a match which saw the home goalkeeper their outstanding player.
Photos above The Citizens Choice
FINAL SCORE 2-1



26
5 January 2018
Bangor City
3
v
1
 Newtown
Welsh Premier
-
  Colours
  Blue & White
  SCORERS
 George Harry 2
 Gary Taylor Fletcher


  Man of The Match
  George Harry
 Match Official

Tom Williams
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 Bangor City
Y
R


















R
Y
Newtown

13  Matthew Hall




Dave Jones..
1
15
 Danny Holmes




T Craig Williams.. 19
3
 Tom Kennedy




Ryan Sears.. 3
4
 Luke Wall




Jolyon Harries.. 12
28
 Guto Williams




Kieran Mills Evans.. 5
16
 Danny Gossett




Jay Denny.. 6
7
 Gary Taylor Fletcher




Neil Mitchell.. 7
24
 Steven Hewitt




Nick Rushton.. 8
12
 George Harry




Luke Boundford.. 9
10
 Dean Rittenberg




Jamie Reed.. 10
19
 Laurence Wilson




Tom Goodwin.. 20
        substitutes
substitutes        
1
 Connor Roberts GK


 
Will Perry GK.. 13
9
 James Demetriou


Joe Kenton (54) for 12 Harries.. 2
14
 Cai Owen (84) for 15 Holmes



Ryan Kershaw (59 for 9 Rushton.. 18
18
 Sam Jones




Alex Fletcher (59) for 20 Goodwin.. 23
23
 Brayden Shaw

Will Evans.. 25

 















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  Colours
  Red
  SCORERS
 Neil Mitchell



  Man of The Match
 
 Official Attendance

278

  Bangor bounced back from recent disappointments with a three one win over Newtown at Nantporth.
 
As the sparse Friday evening crowd filed into a chilly SVM Stadium the two sides warmed up on the adjacent 3G. When they emerged before kick off the Robins had left their re-signing Alex Fletcher on the bench whilst City gave starts to teenagers Guto Williams and George Harry.
  But it was leading goalscorer Dean Rittenberg who fired the first warning shot with a effort which flew wide to the right from the edge of the box.
  Ten minutes in a Newtown corner brought a telling clearance from Matt Hall before City went close through George Harry and Dean Rittenberg.
  But the first decisive blow arrived on 17 minutes as City took the lead.
  Steven Hewitt lifted the ball over the visitors defence for Gary Taylor Fletcher to run through and volley beyond Dave Jones. The Newtown bench and back four claimed offside but the goal stood.
  On 25 minutes a Newtown corner slipped from the grasp of goalkeeper Hall but the Newtown forward smashed over from close range.
  As the first half drew towards the final five minutes Tom Goodwin fouled Steven Hewitt but his pass had already freed Dean Rittenberg who forced a good save - in two stages - from Dave Jones. A good advantage played, a corner for City and a yellow card for the Newtown midfielder.
  The final action of the first half saw Gary taylor Fletcher win the ball and slide Luke Wall in on goal but the visitors defence closed ranks and the danegr passed.
  So a slender, slightly controversial, but deserved lead for City at the interval and at last a goal for the home faithful to cheer.
Photo above with thanks to Bangor City (& Richard Birch)

HALF TIME 1-0

  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor now attacking the City End.
  Both sides had some promising moments but the first period of pressure came from Bangor for whom Laurence Wilson unleashed a fierce dipping volley which just cleared the crossbar. This after some good battling from Danny Gossett who won the loose ball and supplied the lurking left peg.
  Then seven minutes after the restart Bangor doubled their lead.
   Luke Wall passed to nineteen year old striker George Harry cut in from the left and fired home from the edge of the box to beat the despairing Jones. In the aftermath Newtown defender Kieran Mills Evans was shown the yellow card by Mr Williams for dissent.
  Robins manader Chris Hughes made the first change of the evening as Joe Kenton replaced former Caersws midfielder Jolyon Harries who was injured minutes earlier. On the hour mark he went double or bust with his final two changes as midfielders Alex Fletcher and Ryan Kershaw came on for Tom Goodwin and Nick Rushton.
  Kenton was quickly into the action but his long range effort faded well wide. Jamie Reed went close for the visitors but was flagged offside before Dean Rittenberg's effort was saved by Dave Jones but Gary Taylor Fletcher could not get his shot away and Jones gathered at his feet.
  Then Taylor Fletcher ran through on goal but dragged his shot wide.
  With Bangor not able to take their chances Newtown seized the moment as Alex Fletcher crossed and Neil Mitchell sent a looping header over blues keeper Matt Hall to halve the deficit. Joe Kenton was the next name into the officials book again for dissent.
  Ten minutes from time and another good advantage from Tom Williams and another yellow card, this time for Ryan Kershaw, the second replacement to find his name taken. Young blues defender Guto Williams was the next name in the book.
  With six minutes left Newtown thought they had equalised as Ryan Sears had the ball in the net but the offside flag cut short any celebrations./
  And hopes of a comeback were dashed a minute later as George Harry grabbed his second of the evening after Dave Jones had twice denied Luke Wall with some defiant goalkeeping.
  Moments later young Cai Owen replaced rightback Danny Holmes as City finished with three teenagers on the pitch. Credit to goalscorer Harry and seventeen year old centreback Guto Williams who had fared well against the wily Jamie Reed.
  In what was left of the time Gary Taylor Fletcher might have made it four but he flashed his effort wide but it mattered not as Referee Williams blew for time and the three points belonged to Bangor.
Photo above with thanks to Bangor City (& Richard Birch)
FINAL SCORE 3-1



25
1 January 2018
Bangor City
0
v
1
 Llandudno
Welsh Premier
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  Colours
  Blue & White
  SCORERS




  Man of The Match
  Laurence Wilson
 Match Official

Nick Pratt
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 Bangor City
Y
R


















R
Y
Llandudno

13  Matthew Hall




Dave Roberts..
1
15
 Danny Holmes




Danny Taylor.. 2
3
 Tom Kennedy




James Joyce.. 3
4
 Luke Wall




Danny Shaw.. 4
30
 Paul Connolly




Mike Williams.. 18
16
 Danny Gossett




Sam Hart.. 16
7
 Gary Taylor Fletcher




Shaun Cavanagh.. 17
24
 Steven Hewitt




Danny Hughes.. 8
9
 James Demetriou



Tom Dix.. 20
10
 Dean Rittenberg




Marc Williams.. 10
19
 Laurence Wilson




Toby Jones.. 21
        substitutes
substitutes        
1
 Connor Roberts GK


 
Patrik Rutter GK.. 13
5
 Anthony Miley


Lee Thomas (87 for 6 Hart.. 9
12
 George Harry


Ryan Edwards (56) for 17 Cavanagh.. 11
14
 Cai Owen




Aaron Hassall (78) for 11 Edwards.. 14
18
 Sam Jones (69) for 9 Demetriou

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23
 Brayden Shaw  (42) for 16 Gossett





28
 Guto Williams (31) for 30 Connolly







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  Colours
  White & Black
  SCORERS
 Marc Williams



  Man of The Match
  Dave Roberts
 Official Attendance

265

  Bangor started 2018 with a home defeat as Llandudno snatched a late late winner against the run of play and one which owed much to a huge slice of luck...
  The pre match news saw Anthony Miley fail a fitness test which meant a flat back four included Tom Kennedy and Paul Connolly. In the continued absence of Damien Allen who watched from the stand James Demetriou led the attack alongside Dean Rittenberg.
  Attacking The Antelope End it was Bangor who fired the first shot as Danny Gossett crashed over from the edge of the box after good work from Danny Holmes.

  On the quarter hour Danny Holmes was forced to head over his own crossbar. Bangor cleared Shaun Cavanagh's corner and raced upfield courtesy of a telling pass from Laurence Wilson to James Demetriou whose layoff invited an effort from Dean Rittenberg but Dave Roberts saved low in the middle of the goal.
  Minutes later Gary Taylor Fletcher bustled into the visitors box but Roberts saved his deflected shot. Midway through the half Dean Rittenberg cut in from the left but his right footed curler was again claimed by Roberts. Llandudno threatened from a Toby Jones freekick but Matt Hall comfortably caught Shaun Cavanagh's header.
  On 27 minutes City won a corner which taken short to Steven Hewitt whose dipping strike landed on the crossbar with Roberts back peddling.
  Injuries then began to disrupt City as Paul Connolly limped off to be replaced at centreback by seventeen year old Guto Williams. The Abergele youngster cut a composed figure in the heart of the defence.
  Gary Taylor Fletcher smashed a cross in from the right which Llandudno cleared before Danny Hughes missed the target by fourty yards as he fired from that distance out. Ten minutes before the interval a freekick for the visitors was punched out by Matt Hall to the waiting Shaun Cavanagh but he volleyed well over.
  Both sides had chances as Mike Williams headed at Matt Hall before Luke Wall forced two saves from Dave Roberts in as many minutes.
  But further problems befell Bangor as Danny Gossett limped off to be replaced by Brayden Shaw three minutes before the break. 
  Luke Wall and Dean Rittenberg both had long range efforts for City before, in the two added minutes, Marc Williams forced a save from Matt Hall and Steven Hewitt sent a long range effort well wide.
  So another goalless first half for Bangor fans and although Dave Roberts had been the busier of the two keepers he was not seriously tested often enough.
Photo above with thanks to Event Photo Wales

HALF TIME 0-0

  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor now attacking the City End.
  Within two minutes Brayden Shaw unleashed a trademark effort which forced a good save from Dave Roberts but the ensuing corner was cleared.
  Llandudno pushed forward and it took a timely intervention from Tom Kennedy to thwart Marc Williams before Sam Hart fired over the crossbar from 25 yards. Seven minutes in Brayden Shaw slid a well weighted pass through for Luke Wall but he lifted over from ten yards.
  On 56 minutes a first change for the visitors as former Connahs Quay midfielder Ryan Edwards came on for Shaun Cavanagh.
  Bangor enjoyed a period of sustained pressure which saw centrebacks Mike Williams and Danny Shaw stand firm and protect Dave Roberts who was not tested. Minutes later more of the same as Gary Taylor Fletcher worked his way into the box but Brayden Shaw's shot was blocked.
  On 69 minutes a Welsh Premier debut for Development side leading goalscorer Sam Jones who replaced James Demetriou. The 18 year old came through the Menai Bridge Tigers youth set up and has 21 goals to his name so far this season.
  Two minutes later Danny Hughes hit a decent effort which tested Matt Hall. Then Luke Wall opened the defence but
Dean Rittenberg shot wide before Brayden Shaw forced a save from Dave Roberts after Ryan Edwards had fallen down with an injured ankle. On 78 minutes substitute Edwards hobbled off to be replaced in turn by former Blacon and Leicester City twenty year old Aaron Hassall.
  Bangor pushed forward again as Brayden Shaw and Laurence Wilson combined on the left but Gary Taylor Fletcher fired over.
  With three minutes left on the clock a final change for Llandudno as the veteran Lee Thomas came on for Sam Hart but it was the earlier replacement Hassall who unleashed a powerful rising strike which Matt Hall handly cleanly.
  And with time running out the unlikely winner. Llandudno launched the ball upfield for Marc Williams to chase and as Matt Hall's clearance struck the red head he chased goalwards and prodded the ball home from close range. No blame on Hall or his defence, a huge slice of bad luck unless of course you were a Llandudno fan.
   In the added time that followed a deserved yellow card for young Guto Williams for a calculated block on the half way line. City forced a fifth corner of the evening but Brayden Shaw blasted the loose ball high and wide. There was still time for Luke Wall to work an opening and fire low on goal but again Dave Roberts saved at his post.
  And that was that. A disappointing start to the new year, a game City should have won on chances created and the balance of play, but they lost. No hardluck story, referee Nick Pratt was a competent low profile figure, just a case of wasted chances and a big slice of bad luck.
Photos above with thanks to Event Photo Wales
FINAL SCORE 0-1