11th May 2005
Bangor City 3 v 0 Prestatyn Town
The NWCFA Cup Final
   A first half brace of goals from leading goalscorer Paul Roberts set Bangor on the way to a North Wales Coast Cup Final win over impressive Welsh alliance opponents Prestatyn Town at Llandudno last night.
   After Phil Priestley had saved well from Craig Griffiths it was Bangor who took the lead on 21 minutes.  Clayton Blackmore crossed from the right for Paul Roberts to gather and crash home past goalkeeper Dunt rom close range.  On the half hour former Rhyl youngster Jon Fisher Cooke was taken off after an unsavoury clash with Phil Priestley as Prestatyn pressed for an equaliser.  
   The Bastion Road side's defence was well marshalled by former Bangor utility man Dave Fuller but on 42 mins City doubled their advantage.  A well judged pass down the right side was picked up by Paul Roberts who beat Dunt once again with a cleanly hit dirve.

   The second half was saw Prestatyn launch forward in search of some reward and City were indebted to Phil Priestley who dealt competently with everything thrown at him.  On the hour though it was Dunt who caught the eye with a tremendous stop from Chris Priest whose fifteen yarder looked a goal until the last moment.
   City rang the changes in the second half with Ritchie Owen and Chris Short replacing Les Davies and Clayton Blackmore on 64 mins, and then a quarter of an hour later Peter Hoy made way for Mark Connolly on the right.  On 81 mins it was 3-0 as Paul Friel and Paul Roberts combined to work an opening for replacement Ritchie Owen whose calm finish left Dunt helpless and the destiny of the cup beyond doubt.
   A clear 3-0 win for City but an evenly matched contest with Steve Hoult in the Prestatyn midfield catching the eye along with Dave Fuller who continued to marshall the defence effortlessly.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Ben Ogilvy, Peter Hoy,, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Gareth Williams, Paul Friel,
Paul Roberts, Chris Priest,  Les Davies.   Subs:    
Mark Connolly, Chris Short, Ritchie Owen,  Eifion Jones, Darren Owen,

23rd April 2005
Bangor City 0 v 1 Carmarthen Town
The Welsh Premier
   Former Stockport County goalkeeper Tony Pennock gave a stunning display at Farrar Road yesterday to help his side to a single goal victory in the final Welsh Premiership match of the season.  They were also assisted by a superb strike from the edge of the box from one time Liverpool academy starlet Leyton Maxwell whose often dormant skills lit up the first hour of this match.
   The departing Paul Friel - who has completed his University studies - was unable to take his final league bow due to injury.  Chris Priest slotted into centre midfield whilst Tony Gray continued - albeit initially - in the right wing berth.  For the visitors former Barry narcissist Gary Lloyd played behind Maxwell with the burly Burke partnering Mark Dodds upfront.
   Attacking the Farrar End it was Paul Roberts who forced the first save from Tony Pennock with a clean twenty yard drive.  Leyton Maxwell found former Barry striker Nicky Burke with an inviting cross but Phil Priestley was equal to the goalbound header.  On 13 mins though Carmarthen went ahead. There seemed little danger as the ball dropped to Leyton Maxwell on the edge of the box but he unleashed a tremendous volley into the roof of the Bangor net with Phil Priestley grasping thin air.
   Clayton Blackmore nearly caught Pennock offguard with a floated freekick but his last minute decision to slap the ball away proved the right one.  Then Owain Jones fired on target - after a suspicion of a foul on Tony Gray - but again Pennock was in the way.  On the half hour Richard Kennedy was yellow carded for a clear foul on Owain Jones by referee Kevin Parry.  Carmarthen are big physical side and as City pressed they committed a string of fouls, both Estyn Chiverton and rightback Luke Hardy to the fore.  The latter clattered Kevin Scott on the left, Phil Baker delivered right footed in the direction of his centreback partner Paul O'Neill whose header skimmed the visitors bar.  If Pennock had been beaten by the former Gretna defender's header he was quickly back in command when Kevin Scott crossed moments later.
   The final action of the first half was a foul by Hardy on Chris Priest which earned the abrasive fullback a yellow card.
Half Time 0-1
   Estyn Chiverton was yellow carded for failing to retreat at a freekick within minutes of the restart before the big defender used his experience gain a freekick in his area when City fans were appealing for a penalty for a foul on Paul O'Neill.  On the hour Tony Gray set up Clayton Blackmore but once again Bangor fans were thwarted by the alert Pennock who gladly conceded a corner on the right and duly held the kick when it arrived moments later.
   On 62 mins Les Davies was replaced by Peter Hoy who enjoyed a foray on the right wing, delivered some useful crosses and generally involved himself in the procedings from the offset.  His first involvment saw Carl Lamb crash a powerful drive on target which produced an excellent low save from the blasted Pennock.  With some twenty  minutes remaining Kev Scott pushed forward to send in a high cross which Carl Lamb nodded wide from twelve yards out.
   Peter Hoy is also one of the Bangor "long throw" society and he found Paul Roberts whose clean strike was brilliantly held by Pennock.  Carmarthen then replaced the tiring Maxwell with Jimmy James and five minutes later, on 76, brought on the tricky Omar Abdillahi for Mark Dodds.  The young sub may be lightweight but he does not lack for skill or confidence if this cameo is anything to go by.  The ludicrous Kevin Parry then yellow carded Chris Priest for a perfectly good tackle.
   City built up the pressure on the visitors goal, the impressive Richard Carter and Estyn Chiverton stood firm.  Kevin Scott's header was blocked but Owain Jones could not convert the half chance.  When Carmarthen broke Phil Baker used his pace and positional sense to good advantage.  Into injury time Tony Gray might have done better but at least won a corner which resulted in Owain Jones' shot being deflected over for a second kick which the eager Pennock held.  Deep into injury time Peter Hoy galloped down the right and fizzed across a low cross shot which needed just a touch - but there was no one to apply.
   The home side left the field to warm applause both for a diehard performance and in general for achieving third position and the possibility of that elusive European adventure.  Carmarthen move on to two Cup finals, good luck to them - if they havent used it all already!
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Chris Priest, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Tony Gray, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    
Mark Connolly, Peter Hoy, Chris Short, Ben Ogilvy
Carmarthen:  Pennock, Hardy, Lloyd, Carter, Chiverton, Smothers, Maxwell, Kennedy, Dodds, Burke, Evans
Subs:  Aspell, Abdillahi, Jones, James:
MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
MoM Carmarthen
Tony Pennock
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

20th April 2005
Colwyn Bay 1 v 2 Bangor City
   City reached the final of the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup thanks to a 2-1 win at Colwyn Bay last night.
Bangor took the lead in the opening minutes through Owain Jones who converted a Les Davies cross, and doubled their advantage with twenty minutes remaining when Carl Lamb sent Paul Roberts through to beat Matt Parry in the Bay goal. 
   Up to that point City had had the better of the proceedings and saw Chris Priest hit the post and Les Davies force a good save from Parry.
   However the second goal sparked the hosts into life and a late goal from Calvin Davies caused Bangor a few nervous moments but they held on for a deserved win and a place in the final.

Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Ben Ogilvy, Chris Priest, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    
Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones,

16th April 2005
Bangor City 3 v 2 Port Talbot Town
The Welsh Premier
   A hatrick from young striker Carl Lamb saw City home to an eighth win from nine games and clinched third place and European football.
   Prematch news confirmed that Chris Priest was still hampered by the injury which forced him off at Airbus a week ago, Paul Friel partnered Owain Jones in centre midfield.
   The young striker chased down the right on a couple of occasions in the first few minutes and delivered low crosses which no one anticipated.  Both sides won early corners but created nothing in particular - but in the 13th minute that all changed.
   Les Davies raced down the left wing an swung over an inviting cross which Carl Lamb headed home emphatically from six yards out.  Bangor looked as if they might take complete control as Owain Jones raced behind the Talbot defence but Paul Roberts and goalscorer Lamb both failed to make proper contact.  However the visitors signalled their intentions as Rhys Griffiths repeated the feat and suffered much the same fate as Shaw failed to get on the end of the cross.  City seemed to have a good shape, a comfortable manner on the ball and a willingness amongst the youngsters to play for each other.
   More corners followed, with Port Talbot forcing three in quick succession, but City's defence stood firm.  Then from a set piece Paul Roberts headed wide after the initial centre had been half cleared.  Tony Gray was enjoying a second outing inside a week on the right wing, his left footed cross found left winger Les Davies lurking at the back post but Rob Thomas made a great save concede a third corner which quickly yielded a fourth.  The cross caused some kind of havoc in the vistors box but Thomas and his defenders denied Paul O'Neill and Les Davies before Paul Roberts effort was eventually cleared following a fitfh corner kick.
   City had one last chance to double their advantage after a foul on Tony Gray but the freekick was cleared.  Then as the half time whistle drew closer Talbot striker Carl Shaw just failed to get a touch to an inviting through ball from the right.  Referee Woodthorpe blew and both sides left the field with the game still very much in the balance.
Half Time 1-0
   Barely had Bangor fans taken their seats after the restart when the lead was doubled on 47 mins.  Phil Baker's clearance was controlled and turned wide by Paul Roberts in midfield.  His sweeping pass found Tony Gray on the right whose dipping cross was met first time by Carl Lamb who managed to get across his marker and lift the ball over Thomas into the St Pauls End net.
   On 50 mins Paul Friel made way for Mark Connolly who, after a brief stay in centre midfield, replaced Tony Gray on the right with Paul Roberts taking over in alongside Owain Jones.  City's top scorer crashed a ball across the box moments later he supplied Carl Lamb twernty yards out but Thomas pulled off a good save to deny the youngster his hatrick.  Kev Scott sent the resulting corner onto the roof of the net but then found time and space to deliver a vicious low cross which again eluded the forwards.  Owain Jones continued to influence the central areas whilst Paul O'Neill again and again rose to the challenge of anything within 40 yards of him.  
   On the hour substitute Mark Connolly hit the post from twenty yards with Thomas well beaten, then Rhys Griffiths forced a good save from City 'keeper Phil Priestley with a clean low drive.  Scott repeated the low cross from the left but again no one could capitalise.  Manager Peter Davenport had little choice but to replace an injured Phil Baker, patient Peter Hoy taking his place.  Talbot replaced the impressive Scott Gorvett with Matthew Roberts after the hard working defender had received treatment after a clash on the left.
    On 70 mins it was 3-0 as Carl Lamb latched onto Paul Roberts powerful headed through ball to beat Thomas from the edge of the box after a heavy first touch had drawn the 'keeper off his line.  A first hatrick for the pacey young striker and one which confirmed his rich promise.  But Talbot had not read the script and Carl Shaw found time and space on the right to beat Phil Priestley from eight yards to worry the home support.  On 77 mins the level of concern rose again after a howler from Ref Woodthorpe who allowed Talbot to take a quick freekick ten yards from the original spot.  
   Young substitute Matt Roberts raced clear on the left and beat Phil Priestley with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.
   With time running out Leigh DeVulgt nearly levelled the scores but Phil Priestley pulled off a superb one handed save.  Paul Roberts set the willing Lamb free down the middle but Thomas was off his line quickly to clear, finally a shot from Tony Gray hit Carl Lamb but may wel have been travelling wide.  
   There was a sigh of relief at the end from the Farrar Road faithful, three points gained and evidence that City have another striker that the club along the coast will be desperate to sign in due course.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Paul FrielPaul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Tony Gray, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    
Mark Connolly, Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones, Ben Ogilvy
Talbot: Thomas,  McCarley, Parry, Gorvett, Cockings, Surman, John, DeVulgt, Griffiths, Jones, Shaw
Subs:  Bowen, Roberts, Keefe

MoM Bangor City
Carl Lamb
MoM Talbot
Scott Gorvett
Match Referee
Andy Woodthorpe

Wednesday 13th April 2005
Bangor City 1 v 2 Wrexham
   If Wrexham are relegated from Coca Cola League One - as seems likely - there is a fair chance that their manager and supporters will say they were unlucky and did not deserve to lose the games they lost.  They might do well to reflect on the amount of luck they used up at Farrar Road this evening in the Premier Cup Semi Final win over a Bangor side which more than matched their full time opponents.
   True the opening quarter belonged to the visitors.  With Mark Jones and Levi Mackin working hard in midfield and the unpredictable Hecotr Sam on the lose, City took a while to settle.  Indeed the early roll of the dice favoured Bangor as Sam raced past Kevin Scott and saw his goalbound near post effort skim off Phil Baker before being deflected wide by Phil Priestley's feet.  During this early pressure centrebacks Paul O'Neill and Phil Baker were both outstanding as they dealt with everything that was thrown - or kicked - at them.
   Then on 25 minutes City had the lead.  Tony Gray found space on the right, pulled the ball infield to Paul Friel whose first time cross was met by an inch perfect diving header from Paul Roberts which beat Wrexham goalkeeper Ben Foster's full length dive.  If one incident can change the shape of a match this certainly did.  Bangor gained confidence and cracks quickly appeared a the visitors defence which has leaked 73 league goals this season.  Tony Gray gathered the ball on the right, turned despite the attention of Morgan, but saw his eight yard shot spin wide.  By now Owain Jones and Paul Friel had established themselves in midfield with non stop action on and off the ball.
   Ten minutes before the interval City were saved by an dubious offside flag.  Impressive 21 year old local midfielder Mark Jones split the Bangor defence with a well placed pass which was finished in style by Chris Armstrong, but the official intervened to cut short the celebrations.
   Wrexham gained momentum again and once more Baker & O'Neill were in business with a mixture of timely interventions and booming clearances.  But with time running out Bangor should have doubled their advantage.  Carl Lamb raced clear, leaving the cumbersome Morgan floundering in his wake, but as he ran on goal the yong striker could only watch in disbelief as what looked like a perfectly placed low finish was brilliantly palmed onto the post by visiting 'keeper Ben Foster.  In the final minute of the half Mark Jones blazed over from outside the box and both sides left the field with much to think about.
Half Time 1-0
   Five minutes after the restart Carl Lamb again got the better of the Wrexham defence but Foster raced off his line and smothered the iniital danger.  The 22 year old loan signing from Stoke City was slowly but surely proving a thorn in the side of City's hopes. Mark Jones continued his habit of shooting from distance with another 25 yarder which Phil Priestley held comfortably.
   Les Davies was unsettling the visitors right side with a mixture of pace and power.  On one such occasion he controlled the ball after slipping to pass across goal for Tony Gray but Wrexham gladly conceded the corner kick.  The corner, taken by Clayton Blackmore, was half cleared to Carl Lamb but his cross fell awkwardly for Les Davies who headed over.  Moments later Kev Scott charged down the left but was blotted out by Craig Morgan.
   On 62 mins Wrexham were level in farcical fashion.  Former Chester defender Alex Smith sent in a loose cross which Phil Priestley tried to catch one handed, snatched as the ball slipped and bounced off his knee and was then adjudged to have fouled Chris Armstrong as the Llay veteran fell over rather theatrically on the edge of the box.  The Bangor bench pointed out that the linesman - directly in line and closely positioned - had not flagged by referee Ray Ellingham awarded the kick which Chris Armstrong quickly got up to convert from the statutory twelve paces.
   Bangor should have regained the lead within minutes as a long throw from Kev Scott was flicked on by Morgan and headed goalwards by Tony Gray. Those watching at the St Pauls End began celebrating but neither officials signalled a goal and play went on.
   Then Carl Lamb was in on goal once more but a timely intervention by Shaun Pejic stopped him in his tracks. City continued to press forward as left winger Les Davies passed to Owain Jones but his goalbound effort was blocked by Holt on twelve yards out.  With twenty minutes remaining Phil Baker went on a marauding run on the left and crashed in a low cross which Carl Lamb turned over with Tony Gray better placed.
   Levi Mackin picked up the failing of shooting wildly from distance before another long throw from Kev Scott was flicked at by Les Davies and dropped for Tony Gray whose overhead kick flew well wide.    With around ten minutes left another long throw flicked on by Les Davies was headed firmly on target by Owain Jones but Foster pulled off an incredible one handed stop for another corner which ended Clayton Blackmore hitting the side netting.
   On 82 mins Wrexham scored what proved to be the winner.  Hector Sam raced past Paul O'Neill and Phil Baker on the left, pulled the bal back for midfielder Mark Jones whose low finish beat Phil Priestley from eight yards.  The next action was the introduction of Denis Lawrence for Andy Holt before Kev Scott's long throw was again flicked on by Les Davies but pushed from under his crossbar by the increasingly impressive Foster.  Referee Ellingham then showed commonsense when Clayton Blackmore was spoken to rather than red carded for a foul on Alex Smith.
   In the final minutes City replaced Phil Baker with Peter Hoy but he had little time to make an impact and the final whistle blew with the visitors escaping with a largely undeserved win.  BBC Wales adjudicator Ian Walsh made Ben Foster the man of the match; enough said.  A word for Carl Lamb whose workrate and attitude were exceptional, his time will surely come.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Paul Friel, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker,  Tony Gray, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, Eifion Jones, Peter Hoy, Ben Ogilvy

Wrexham:  Foster,  Holt, Smith, Pejic, Morgan, Bennett, Jones, Mackin, Armstrong, Williams, Sam
Subs:  Lawrence, Ferguson, Ugarte,

MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
MoM Wrexham
Ben Foster
Match Referee
Ray Ellingham

8th April 2005
Airbus UK 0 v 0 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   This was a better result for those not involved than it was for Bangor or Airbus as neither side could pick up the three points needed to make a difference at the top or bottom of the Welsh Premiership.
    Dominated by a perishing wind which swept in from the airfield, Airbus had the territorial advantage in the first period but only managed one shot on target.  Bereft of the guiding influence of Clayton Blackmore and his right wing ally Gareth Williams, Bangor were probably content with a blank first half but frustrated by the second.
    That goalbound effort from midfielder James Woods brought a competent save from Phil Priestley who otherwise had little to do, apart from gather the occasional overhit long ball and "up and under" in his six yard area.  Otherwise he would have been grateful for some outstanding defending from those in front of him, in particular Paul O'Neill who won every header with and managed some effective clearances into the wind.
    City's best attacking opportunities came on the left where Les Davies was up against the towering Steve Hughes.  Carl Lamb thought he had grabbed  the lead with a finish from the edge of the box but referee Lee Evans had whistled for handball against the pacey young striker.
    However Bangor suffered a serious setback on 40 minutes when experienced midfielder Chris Priest, who had suffered a back injury, had to be replaced by Paul Friel.  The best move of the first half saw Kevin Scott pass deep from left to right to Mark Connolly whose cross found Carl Lamb but the final moment spoilt the moment as Paul Roberts ballooned his effort onto the runway.
    The final act of the first half saw Carl Lamb thread a through ball for Mark Connolly but his run on goal ended in a shot which crashed narrowly wide to the relief of 'Bus goalkeeper Paul Whitfield.  However there was a sense of achievement in reaching the interval with a clean sheet considering the strength and direction of the wind - not to mention the temperature!
Half Time 0-0
    City fans rubbed their hands together and contemplated a wind assisted assault on the Airbus goal.  It took ten long minutes for the first cause for concern as Kevin Scott's long throw was flicked on by the veteran Dodds and grabbed by Whitfield in his six yard area.  On the hour another long throw from the Wrexham based leftpeg was headed on by Les Davies but Whitfield was able to palm over for a corner which in turn was scrambled clear.
    Kevin Scott then crossed from the left but Paul Robert's header flew over from eight yards.  Owain Jones was emerging as the central figure in Bangor attacks and his powerful run down the left resulted in a deep cross to Mark Connolly on the righthand edge of the box.  His layoff found Carl Lamb but Whitfield again saved well.
    The belligerent Hopkins conceded a freekick on the right as City attacked.  Kevin Scott placed the ball and with everyone expecting a high swirler he kept his shot down and wastched with disappointment as Whitifled scrambled down to gather despite the attentions of Paul Roberts.  On 65 mins another high ball from Kevin Scott caused confusion but Paul Roberts saw his shot on the turn fire over.  Scott then had another freekick held by Whitfield after a handball from Hopkins was spotted by referee Evans.
    With twenty minutes left on the clock Mark Connolly sent a thirty yard drive over the crossbar after a clever layoff from Carl Lamb.  Airbus then replaced centreforward Kevin Leech with Simon Andrews whose pace was to prove a concern for the blues defence.  Minutes later Bangor forced three corners on the left, with Paul Whitfield finally claiming the third with some relief.  City sent on young Ben Ogilvy for Les Davies who was injured on the half way line some minutes earlier.
    Bangor won a freekick on the right hand edge of the box as Hopkins fouled Mark Connolly but to no benefit.  Manager Peter Davenport then opted to throw on Peter Hoy in an attacking role in place of rightback Chris Short who had enjoyed a fine battling performance in difficult conditions.  Hoy quickly joined the action as he crashed a shot goalwards from the right but John Davies blocked bravely.
    On 86 mins City were awared a penalty for a foul on Carl Lamb.  To the disbelief of the Bangor hordes Paul Rooberts struck the crossbar with his spot kick and Airbus again lashed the ball clear.  There was still to be one final chance as Peter Hoy latched onto a ball on the edge of the box, turned on goal but sent his shot high over the bar from twelve yards.
    The final whistle blew and although some home fans cheered it was more a case of points dropped for both sides.  However credit where it is due as the Airbus defence, superably marshalled by the veteran Paul Dodd, fought gallantly in what at times was a remake of the Alamo.  
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Chris Short, Kevin Scott, Chris Priest,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Paul Friel, Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones, Ben Ogilvy

Airbus:  Whitfield, Hughes, Hopkins, Dodd, Davies, McIntosh, Jones, Woods, Leech, Dowridge, Smart
Subs:  Andrews, Mutunha,

MoM Bangor City
Paul O'Neill
MoM Airbus
Paul Dodd
Match Referee
Lee Evans

2nd April 2005
Bangor City 1 v 0 Caersws
The Welsh Premier
   After a couple of good wins on the road at Aberystwyth and Rhyl it was never going to be easy against the Bluebirds of Caersws.  Fittingly then a solitary first half strike from Clayton Blackmore settled the dispute in a match of many wasted chances from both sides.
   Manager Peter Davenport gave Chris Priest his first start since recovering from his broken leg, with Clayton Blackmore at rightback and Gareth Williams on the right wing.  Despite tales of woe, Caersws fielded pretty much their strongest side allowing for the absence of midfielder Chris Venables.  It was Bangor who should have gone ahead in the opening minutes.  Paul Roberts turned the ball into the path of Gareth Williams whose deep cross reacehd big Les Davies but his back post header went just wide.  Caersws responded as former City favourite Ricky Evans lofted into the box for Graham Evans but the little marksman crashed his shot wide.  Andy Marfell, who look sharp in the early exchanges, setn a dipping volley just over.
   Then on eight minutes what was to prove the only goal of the game.  Les Davies combined well with Chris Priest on the left, the former Chester schemer ran into the box and was brought down by Huw Clarke.  Blatant penalty?  Not according to Steve Hames who waved play on and the ball was cleared to rightback Clayton Blackmore who immediately drove the ball beyond Andy Mulliner from fully 35 yards.
   Caesws then enjoyed a period of pressure and forced a couple of corners.  Phil Baker and Paul O'Neill were made to work hard in central defence.  On twenty minutes Carl Lamb charged at the visitors defence, beat three or four defenders but saw the ball run away from him at the vital moment and watched as Mulliner made a clean low save.  Minutes later Les Davies latched onto a cross, cut inside onto his right foot, but Reynodls made a brave block.  Then Paul O'Neill charged down a Geraint Lewis volley in similar fashion as the game swept end to end.
   City won a corner on the right, an inswinging corner from Kevin Scott was header off target by Carl Lamb.  Owain Jones was clearly enjoying his battle with Ricky Evans and Geraint Lewis, so too Chris Priest who supplied Carl Lamb on the right.  His run and cross found Paul Roberts but again Mulliner made a good save.  The Bluebirds were still searching for an equaliser and when Sean Jehu crossed from the left City were glad to see Graham Evans just fail to make a clean contact at the back post.
    Five minutes before the interval Clayton Blackmore tried to double his tally but a long range volley dipped just over the crossbar.
Half Time 1-0
   The first action of the second period involved a superb save from Phil Priestley who blocked a point blank effort from Graham Evans.  Then City's towering midfileder Owain Jones sped down the right and fired in a cross which eluded City's strikers. On 55 mins the first change of the afternoon came after Gareth Williams has been clattered by Sean Jehu and was replaced on the right by Mark Connolly.
   Carl Lamb worked hard to get on the end of a high ball from Paul Roberts but the 36 year old Colin Reynolds used his experience to clear the danger. On the hour City could have doubled their advantage when Les Davies broke clear, passed to Kevin Scott who teed up Chris Priest but his scuffed effort was easy for Andy Mulliner.  Paul O'Neill then had to be alert to clear from Davies before Les Davies again turned provider but Carl Lamb's shot was too close to the visitors' custodian.  Mark Connolly was next in the firing line to block a goalbound shot in hsi own six yard area.  Up to the Farrar End and a double blast from Les Davies - the second as he slid on the grass - came to nothing.  Referee Hames then booked the veteran Reynolds for a foul on City's midfieder Chirs Priest.  On 73 mins former Shrewsbury Town apprentice Neville Thompson replaced Graham Jones but made little impact on procedings.
   Moments later Carl Lamb chased down the left, crossed near post, but Owain Jones scuffed his effort.  With ten minutes remaining Andy Mulliner ran out to beat Kevin Scott to a long through ball and seemed to step out of his area with the ball in hand, but nothing was given.  On 84 mins Geraint Lewis made way for Jack Bermingham, then Phil Priestley saved well from Graham Evans who shot from the edge of the box looked a goal all the way.  In the final minute City sent on Peter Hoy for a disgruntled Paul Roberts, then Owain Jones forced one last outstanding save from Andy Mulliner after good build up play from Les Davies.
    Deep into the five minutes of injury time Paul Friel came on for Les Davies who received a good ovation form the City fans.  Finally Steve Hames belw his whistle and the Bangor lads marched off with a seventh straight win under their belts.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Chris Priest,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Gareth Williams, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Paul Friel, Peter Hoy, Mark Connolly, Ben Ogilvy

Caersws:  Mulliner, Thomas, Jehu, Reynolds, Clakre, Lewis, Jones, Marfell, G.Evans, R.Evans, Davies
Subs:  Thompson, Bermingham, Probert

MoM Bangor City
Paul O'Neill
MoM Caersws
Andy Mulliner
Match Referee
Steve Hames

28 March 2005
Rhyl 2 v 3 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Bangor won this North Wales derby after some poor defending before the break and seizing the initiative after the restart.  There were hard working performances from - amongst other - Owain Jones, Phil Baker and Carl Lamb but the double blast from Paul Robers was too hot for Rhyl to handle and sent the blue horde home in good heart.
   City might well have gone ahead inside five minutes when a Kevin Scott freekick found Paul Roberts unmarked infront of goal but his header flew over the bar with goalkeeper Paul Smith flat footed.  On ten minutes Rhyl were not so wasteful as Andy Moran sneaked in at the right hand post to crash the ball home off Phil Priestley after Lee Hunt had fired wide from the left.
   City hit back with Phil Baker's chip setting up Carl Lamb but Smith pulled off a brave stop.  The ball ran out to Clayton Blackmore whose low cross was caught first time by Paul Roberts but his low shot sped narrowly wide.  On twenty minutes Phil Priestley made a good save from Marc Limbert, who moments later hit the crossbar with a twenty yard freekick which seemed to bounce on the line and was scrambled clear.
   However on 23 minutes City were level.  A long throw from the left delivered by Kevin Scott was flicked on by Les Davies and bungled home by top scorer Paul Roberts from point blank range with 'keeper Smith flapping like a goose on ice.  Rhyl retaliated with Lee Hunt charging clear but Phil Priestley slid in to snuff out the danger as the ball cannoned out for what should have been a goalkick but somehow became a corner.
   Bangor were having problems dealing with long clearances and were grateful to Phil Baker's timely intervention on the right.  With ten minutes to go to the interval Eifion Jones slid in bravely to concede a corner when the hosts originally won a freekick.  The final five minutes saw Carl Lamb run down the right wing and cross for Paul Roberts in the six yard area.  Gareth Wilson fired goalwards but his shot struck Andy Moran and went out for a goalkick. As the game swung end to end Lee Hunt wasted a good chance for Rhyl, but the hosts still went in ahead at half time.  
   On 41mins a bouncing ball again caused problems, allowing Moran to set up Marc Limbert whose powerful low drive beat Phil Priestley at his left hand post to the delight of the home fans behind his goal.  Bangor were probably relieved to hear the half time whistle as Peter Davenport would be keen to address some of the causes for concern evident in the first period.
Half Time 2-1
   At half time Bangor sent on right winger Gareth Williams in place of Eifion Jones.  In the re-shuffle Clayton Blackmore dropped to rightback and Phil Baker lined up alongside Paul O'Neill at centreback.  City's first opening of the second period fell to Clayton Blackmore but his long range effort was always rising over the bar.  Phil Priestley then raced out to punch a dangerous cross but was relieved to see Lee Hunt head off  target when the loose ball was lofted back into the six yard area.
   Carl Lamb was causing the Rhyl defence problems with his hurrying and chasing.  On one raid he raced down the right, ran along the goalline and crossed for Paul Roberts but the ball span behind City's leading goalscorer and the chance was gone.  However on 61 mins Bangor were level with Lamb again involved in build up.  Rhyl failed to clear a bouncing ball on the edge of the box, Les Davies passed to Owain Jones who was fouled by Simon Davies. The home side set up a wall which happily disintegrated when Paul Roberts pushed the freekick two yards to his right for Clayton Blackmore to drill home from 25 yards into Smith's bottom corner.
   Referee Jones then yellow carded Simon Davies and Kevin Scott for precious little but in fairness maintained control on proceedings.  Lee Hunt briefly clashed with Phil Priestley as he stretched to touch a goalbound effort from Moran.  On seventy minutes Chris Priest came on for Paul Friel who had received treatment in the centre circle following a late tackle.  There was a further stoppage when a Rhyl fan ran on the pitch - not quite streaking - but was neither intercepted nor restrained by the police or stewards.
   City sent over crosses from right and left which bemused the hapless Smith - cue more flapping - and ended in Carl Lamb heading narrowly wide at the back post.  On 78 mins City had the all important  lead.  Owain Jones won possession on the right flank, just inside his own half, and lofted the ball forward for leading goalscorer Paul Roberts to chase.  He kept calm and despite the attention of Lee Atherton, calmly bounced the ball past Smith inside the left hand post.
   A couple more subs followed, with Chris McGinn replacing Lee Atherton and then Tony Gray coming on for Carl Lamb.  Referee Jones played the seemingly inevitable lengthy injury time - four minutes or slightly more - but City were camped in Rhyl territory and never looking like letting the result out of their grasp.  When the whislte finally blew the large open spaces where those overtight white shirts had been minutes earlier told their own story.  A hard fought win and a double over Rhyl for Bangor; business as usual.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Eifion Jones,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Paul Friel, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Gareth Williams, Tony Gray, Chris Priest, Ben Ogilvy

Rhyl:  Smith, Graves, Brewerton, Atherton, Powell, Davies, Wilson, Limbert, Hunt, Moran, Adamson
Subs:  G.Powell, McGinn, Smith

MoM Bangor City
Paul Roberts
MoM Rhyl
Jamie Brewerton
Match Referee
Huw Jones

19 March 2005
Aberystwyth Town 1 v 2 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Bangor survived a sound kicking at Park Avenue to come away with three points and pick up a fifith Welsh Premiership win on the bounce.  Trailing at half time City struck back through Tony Gray and Paul Roberts to secure the win which earned a second place in the league table at 5.30pm.
   Bari Morgan may be short in stature but he does not lack malice as a seventh minute two footed tackle on Kevin Scott confirmed.  However despite this unwelcome side to their nature Aber can play football, most of their better moments involving former Telford striker Paul Moore.  He might have put the hosts ahead with a neat one-two on the right but his rising drive was parried over at the near post by Phil Priestley.  Gavin Allen then miskicked from six yards to the left after he latched onto a half chance following a Paul O'Neill header.
   Bangor's first chance came courtesey of some slack defending from Sion James who let the ball run to Les Davies.  The big winger ran at goal and saw his swerving drive touched behind by Lewis Solly but referee Jones awarded a goalkick.  Aber again went close when former Andy Mumford, resplendent in his Swansea City shorts, headed on target from twelve yards but was denied by Priestley's acrobatic save.  The less acceptable side of The Seasiders nature re-surfaced on 26 minutes when Luke Sherborn was lucky to be yellow carded for a two footed lunge on Paul Friel.  
   On the half hour Clayton Blackmore latched onto a short corner from Kevin Scott but fired over from the right.  Then on 31 minutes Aberystwyth took a deserved lead.  Sherborn - who really should have been watching from the stand - gathered a lose clearance on the right, passed to Paul Moore who squared for Gavin Allen to slot home from close range.  The noisy Dias stand student contingent sprang to life in celebration with chants of "Seasiders".
   Five minutes before the interval the eccentric Lewis Solly presented a chance to Tony Gray who latched onto the dropped ball but could only shoot straight at the prone 'keeper who saved the situation with a good stop.  Gary Lewis got into the action with a crushing challenge on Owain Jones.  City's leading goalscorer then blasted over from the edge of the box and finally Solly just cleared in time as Tony Gray closed in on a long ball from Les Davies.
   Both sides had reason to feel confident at the whistle, Aber had the lead but City had shown in the closing stages a sense of purpose which yielded a couple of late chances.  
Half Time 1-0
   On 50 minutes Owain Jones won the ball in midfield and sprayed the ball out to Les Davies who galloped down the left beyond Sion James.  He looked up and crossed for Tony Gray who nipped in ahead of Paul Roberts to slip the ball past Solly from eight yards.  This time is was the Bangor fans who had moved into the Dias Stand who cheered.
   Aber tried to counter but found the uncompromising figure of Paul O'Neill blocking their path.  Moments later Tony Gray ran clear with Paul Roberts for company but hesitated momentarily and James slid in to clear the danger.  On 58 mins James was replaced by Nic Evans who took up the unenviable task of trying to shackle City's runaway truck but could only watch as his cross was headed down by Owain Jones for Paul Roberts but his low drive flashed wide from eight yards.
   On the hour City had the lead at last.  Owain Jones again won the ball in midfield, slotted through to Paul Roberts who saw his first effort grabbed on the floor by Solly.  However the former Welshpool 'keeper failed to hold on and watched in horror as City's top scorer scuffed the ball in off the post.  This was Bangor's tenth goal of the season past the hapless Solly.
   Minutes later the unlikely sight of Gavin Allen being yellow carded for a late challenge on Kevin Scott.  Phil Priestley then did well to deny Bari Morgan whose deflected shot span awkwardly goalwards.  On 67 mins Chris Priest replaced Paul Friel in the Bangor midfield, then Owain Jones was yellow carded for an observation to the mindless Mike Jones that Aneurin Thomas had kneed Les Davies in the back.  Eifion Jones and Paul O'Neill were in control at the back, ably assisted by Phil Baker and Kevin Scott.  Bari Morgan then punched Clayton Blackmore in the back of the head - play on - before the rotund Mumford was replaced by Sion Meredith.  Paul Moore then tried his luck with a kick at Les Davies which again went unpunished.
   With five minutes to go Clayton Blackmore made way for Carl Lamb, moments earlier Aneurin Thomas escaped punishment for a blatant body check on Tony Gray on the half way line.  Lamb added some pace and movement to the City frontline and won a freekick by the right hand corner flag.  Kevin Scott delivered but Paul Roberts saw his header fly over.  Coates then won Aber a corner with a well hit cross as Bangor became frustrated by a series of hit and miss linesmen decisions against Roberts and Gray.  Les Davies and then Bari Morgan went close in stoppage time, finally Carl Lamb was denied by Solly but the final act fell to Mike Jones who yellow carded Chris Priest for reasons unknown.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Eifion Jones,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Paul Friel, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Les Davies.   Subs:    Chris Short, Carl Lamb, Chris Priest, Ben Ogilvy

Aber:  Solly, Evans, Burrows, Thomas, James, Lewis, Hughes, Sherborn, Morgan, Moore, Allen, Coates
Subs:  Evans, Rees, Meredith

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Aber
Paul Moore
Match Referee
Michael Jones

15 March 2005
Bangor City 2 v 0 Cefn Druids
The Welsh Premier
    On a windswept evening at Farrar Road it was fitting that City made heavy weather of beating bottom placed visitors Cefn Druids
    The prevailing wind blew straight at the St Pauls Endf which dictated that most chances - and goals - would arrive at that end.  It also suggested that a goalless first half into the wind - irrespective of the visitor's league position - would be the perfect platform for a second half seige.  In both cases that is just how things worked out.
    Bangor enjoyed a good deal of first half possession against the wind and could have been ahead at the interval.  An early chance created by Phil Baker fell to young striker Carl Lamb but he failed to hit the target, a feat Clayton Blackmore did manage with a 25 yard freekick but Mackin held comfortably. City gave a debut to local lad Darren Owen in goal,  Due in part to the wind he was involved throughout the first period, calmly collecting crosses and picking up overhit through balls.  On the quarter hour he went one better and raced off his line to collect at the feet of Miek Thompson and earn a warm round of applause.
    City responded with a shot on target from Carl Lamb and then a rare right footed effort from Kevin Scott who latched onto a pass from Les Davies but fired at Mackin from the edge of the box.  Good approach play on the right involving Clayton Blackmore and Carl Lamb saw Owain Jones stab the ball goalwards from six yards but Mackin eventually gathered.  Midway through the half Owain Jones thought he had scored but the lineman's flag cut the celebrations short, presumably for offside.  It was just after the half hour mark when the ultra cautious Druids won their first corner.  Two minutes later calamity for the visitors as Tom Coulson caught Owain Jones with a two footed lunge and was red carded by Referee Brian Lawler who could scarcely have been better positioned.  The Druids defence - before and after - was held together by the willing Gareth Barton who did more than most to keep the home side at bay.
    City's towering midfielder recovered after treatment and went close to grabbing the lead with a diving header which Mackin held after Paul Friel and Kevin Scott combined on the left.  Bangor gathered momentum as Paul Roberts crashed a shot against the angle of post and crossbar after controlling a pass from Clayton Blackmore.  Then the former Welsh cap latched onto a telling pass from Phil Baker but was denied by a superb one handed stop from The Druids custodian which yielded City's second corner.
    The half time cup of tea brigade were divided between those frustrated by a lack of goals and - in the other camp - those who felt that the second half would prove to much for the visitors overworked defence.
Half Time 0-0
    The glass half empty clan had further cause for doubt in the opening stages of the second period as wind assisted efforts from Les Davies and Carl Lamb flew off target.  Then on the 55 minutes the glass half full brigade had reason to be cheerful.
    City won their third corner of the evening on the left.  Clayton Blackmore delivered to the back post where Owain Jones was on hand to convert from close range for a much needed opening goal.  Relief all round?  Carl Lamb forced a decent save of Mackin moments later, and a fourth corner followed but no clear cut chance.  On the hour the welcome sight of Chris Priest taking to the field in place of  a weary looking Paul Friel who had hounded TNS off the park only three days earlier.  His arrival brought a sense of absolute control the midfield.  Picking up a loose ball on the right Clayton Blackmore shot from 35 yards but narrowly missed the target.
    Midway through the second half Owain Jones had two contrasting efforts.  The first from six yards after a neat turn in the box sped just wide of the post. The second moments later was a 35 yarder which skimmed the righthand post and stirred the hardy souls in the St Pauls End.  When the visitors rallied and threated to attack the Bangor defence, well marshalled by Eifion Jones and Paul O'Neill, simply closed them out.  The occasional foray down the left wing by the diminutive Thompson found him being escorted back to safety by the outstanding Phil Baker.  Kev Scott had no direct opponent and indulged in forward runs and telling passes.
   On 73 minutes it was game over to the relief of the "never safe at 1-0 society".  The goal came after a period of composed and controlled passing from side to side and eventually to Clayton Blackmore who crossed from the right for Paul Roberts to head back across goal and into the net for his 20th league goal of the season.  Still has his share of critics which - it would seem - is a bit harsh but thats football.
    City immediately sent on 16 year old Ben Ogilvy in place of the veteran Carl Lamb with Kev Scott pushing forwards and Les Davies joining the font line. The young leftpeg made a good impression with an early interception and well weighted pass to Scott whose inviting cross was headed behind by the hard working Barton  On 84 mins Owain Jones made way for Mark Connolly.  Young Ogilvy got a shot at goal thanks to a cushioned lay off by Paul Roberts, then Chris Priest crossed from the left but Les Davies headed wide when well placed.  In the closing minutes Mike Thompson made way for substitute Carwyn Davies, and in the last action of the night young Ben Ogilvy denied the visitors a consolation goal when he headed Eifion Jones' miscued header off the line following a Drudis corner.  Jones scarcely deserved a black mark against his name and would be keen to buy the Llanrug fullback an orange juice!
    A fourth straight win for City and a clean sheet for Darren Owen in his first appearance.  Not one suggestion of "sack the manager" all night either!
Bangor:  Darren Owen, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Eifion Jones,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Paul Friel, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Chris Short,  Mark Connolly, Chris Priest, Ben Ogilvy

Cefn:  Mackin, Coulson, Rowlands, Barton, Hobson, P.Jones, Edgar, Williams, Brookes, Main, Thompson
Subs:  Carwyn Jones,

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Cefn
Gareth Barton
Match Referee
Brian Lawler

12 March 2005
Bangor City 1 v 0 TNS
The Welsh Premier
    What a win!  Bangor deservedly beat the full timers of TNS with a twenty yard strike from Paul Roberts but this was a great team performance from back to front and from the first whistle to the last.
    With Rhyl losing at Llanelli the visitors clearly had their minds set on going six points clear but Peter Davenport had read their script and picked his side accordingly.  To counter the threat of King and Lawless on the TNS left, Bangor selected Phil Baker at right back with Clayton Blackmore adding presence to midfield.  This worked well, as did the two central partnerships, Eifion Jones & Paul O'Neill dominant at the back,  Paul Friel and Owain Jones forcing through the midfield.
    Left winger Les Davies won an early corner for Bangor and minutes later ended a good run with a low cross which hit the near post from a tight angle. On the quarter hour mark a second corner created a half chance for Paul Roberts but his back post header flew over.  Within two minutes Paul O'Neill threw himself into the path of a fierce drive from Michael Wilde.  One corner followed another but Bangor cleared to the relief of the sparse home crowd.
    Steve Evans had to be alert to concede a corner as Les Davies ran on goal, then Eifion Jones responded swiftly as Wilde threatened.  Moments later the big striker slid in at the near post but Phil Priestley got the slightest of deflections to yield another corner which Eifion Jones hammered clear.  John Lawless then crossed from the left but Paul O'Neill header away.  John Leah should have done better with a half chance after Jamie Wood missed out.  Rightback Martin Naylor then forced a corner with a shot on target before launching a freekick into the box which Phil Priestley punched clear.
    Referee Ray Ellingham, who had enjoyed a straightforward first half, blew the half time whistle with the scores tied which just about reflected the pattern of play.
Half Time 0-0
    Carl Lamb and Les Davies went close for City in the opening minutes before TNS won their fifth corner of the afternoon five minutes after the restart. The first effort of note saw Paul O'Neill block a goalbound effort from Michael Wilde then on the hour Paul Roberts fired well over from outside the box. On the hour mark Bangor legend Marc Lloyd Williams came on for Jamie Wood.
    On 65 minutes the first Bangor substitution, a straight swap of Tony Gray for Carl Lamb.  Immediately Paul O'Neill foraged on the left, won the ball and crossed for Paul Roberts but the cross proved a foot too high and flew into the arms of Doherty.  However on 69 minutes the Criccieth striker lit up the afternoon with a wonderful opening goal.  Paul Friel gathered the ball in centre midfield and passed to Phil Baker on the right.  He crossed onto the edge of the visitors box for Paul Roberts to fire home with a first time effort which bounced in front of the diving Doherty and into the net.
    John Lawless went close for the visitors before there was stoppage as Owain Jones received treatment following a clash of heads with Steve Evans in the TNS box.  Nothing sinister in that, but during the stoppage John Toner replaced Lawless.  As Chris King returned the ball to Bangor with a long clearance the sub ignored the usual protocol and chased goalwards to shoot at Phil Priestley.  Caernarfon remembered?  How championships are won?  It visibly rattled the Bangor players who berated the offender.
    The closing quarter followed the pattern of the previous 75 minutes as the Bangor defence stood firm and TNS failed to capitalise on the chances which came their way.  On 78 mins Steve Evans was shown the yellow card for a "leading elbow" on Phil Baker and might have been sent off for a slap on City's goalscorer which went unseen by the officials.  Paul Friel fired over from thirty yards and minutes later Clayton Blackmore repeated the feat.
    With five minutes remaining Eifion Jones again blocked an effort from Wilde, the visitors forced a couple of corners but did not threaten Phil Priestley's goal.  City might have doubled their advantage when Les Davies raced down the left and saw his low cross deflected back to Doherty by a relieved if unwitting Tmmy Holmes.  In the closing minutes Neil Thomas replaced Les Davies, Marc Lloyd Williams misfired infront of goal, and then at the very end Paul Roberts and Tony Gray broke to eventually win a corner which used up the seconds left.  A deserved win, a battling performance, and one which shows Bangor still have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the championship.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Eifion Jones,  Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Paul Friel, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Neil Thomas, Darren Owen, Tony Gray, Ben Ogilvy

TNS:  Doherty, Naylor, King, Hogan, Evans, Holmes, Ruscoe, Leah, Wilde, Wood, Lawless
Subs:  Bell, Lloyd Williams, Toner

MoM Bangor City
Eifion Jones
Steve Evans
Match Referee
Ray Ellingham

5 March 2005
Port Talbot 1 v 4 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
    Bangor were worthy winners on a sunny Victoria Road as Owain Jones and Paul Friel controlled the midfield and the pacey Carl Lamb continued his promising start with two well taken goals.  There were also impressive performances from Phil Baker at the back and the marauding Les Davies on the left wing with that usual mixture of power and trickery.  Also Tony Gray made a good fist of his unusual right wing role.
    The opening stages were even enoug with home left winger Steven Parry forcing an interception from Phil Priestley, then City forced their first corner as Neil Thomas parried the ball away from Carl Lamb's shot.  A long throw from the left found Talbot No 9 Rhys Griffithsh lurking six yars out but his firm header was too close to Phil Priestley new gloves.
    On 29 minutes City had the lead.  New signing Carl Lamb controlled the ball inside the box with back to goal, turned a found the space to Thomas' right for an impressive finish.  The first half half continued to be evenly contested and Port Talbot migth have drawn level five minutes before the interval.  Left winger Steve Parry hit a fierce drive on target from ten yards but was denied by Phil Priestley's amazing stop and then astonished as Rhys Griffiths blasted high over the bar as the ball bounced invitingly before him.
   As time ran out Bangor forced a couple more corners as Tony Gray went close and Les Davies worked hard, but Thomas's goal was not threatened.
But Bangor walked off the happier and just about deserved the first half advantage.
Half Time 0-1
   Bangor seized the initiative from the restart and a fine run from right winger Tony Gray created an opening for Paul Friel but his effort lacked power.  The next opening fell to Gray after Les Davies charged through the midfield to supply the little striker but his effort flew wide.
   On 59 minutes Bangor doubled their lead.  Phil Baker won a header in midfield, Carl Lamb flicked on and Paul Roberts slid the ball past Thomas despite a less than clean contact.  Moments later the goalscorer clipped the ball forward but Les Davies's header was held by Thomas.  On 62 minutes City went 3-0 up with a goal that was initially claimed by Paul Roberts whose shot was drifting towards the left hand post.  However Carl Lamb rightly decided that nothing was certain about the effort and crashed home his second goal of the afternoon from point blank range.
   With points seemingly in the bag Bangor boss Peter Davenport sent on Eifion Jones for the impressive Phil Baker who had a slight knock.  Andrew Pearson found time and space to shoot but Phil Priestley held comfortably.  City won a couple more corners through Tony Gray and Les Davies and seemed set fair for a comfortable win.  More changes were made as Mark Connolly & Adam Roscoe came on for Clayton Blackmore and Owain Jones.
   Port Talbot had not read the script though and narrowed the deficit on 77 minutes when Carl Shaw raced in behind the Bangor defence to slot home past Phil Priestley and raise the spirits of the home fans.  City survived some nervous moments at the hosts huffed and puffed but could not blow the visitors house down, and as often happens when you are struggling, left the back door open themselves.  Paul Roberts went close on a couple of occasions but could not find his way past the persistent Talbot defence.
   Gathering the ball on the right Tony Gray shaped to go outside the home defence but switched feet as he cut across goal before driving low past Thomas from fifteen yards for a convincing 4-1 scoreline and his first goal since December.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Chris Short, Paul Friel, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Tony Gray, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:    Mark Connolly,
Eifion Jones, Adam Roscoe
Port Talbot:  Thomas, DeVulgt, Surman, Hancock, Rees, Phillips, John, Savage, Griffiths, Pearson, Parry
Subs:  Jones, Shaw, Roberts

MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
MoM Port Talbot
Steven Parry
Match Referee
Paul Thomas

1 March 2005
Welshpool Town 1 v 5 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   What a difference three days make!  Inspired by Owain Jones and Paul Friel City ran riot in a first half demolition of a Welshpool side who featured several players with strong Bangor connections, including wingers Gary Roberts and Kenny Burgess.
   City boss Peter Davenport rang the changes with fullbacks Clayton Blackmore and Gareth Williams on the right, Kevin Scott and Les Davies on the left. Upfront there was a start for 20 year Carl Lamb who had signed from Cammell Laird.  The changes paid off almost immediately.  A Les Davies shot was deflected for an early corner on the right which was flapped at by 'Pool goalkeeper Grant Dawson for Owain Jones to crash home inside three minutes.  

   It nearly got better moments later when Paul Roberts raced clear to beat Dawson on the edge of the box but his shot drifted just wide of the post.  With eight minutes on the clock it scarcely mattered.  Clayton Blackmore's long clearance was chased by the Carl Lamb who drove past Dawson from twenty yards out to notch a debut goal to remember.
   However as the travelling blues were looking forward to a goal glut Welshpool hit back.  Dowridge sent a high ball towards the edge of the Bangor box which Phil Priestley failed to gather and former Oswestry striker Steve Rogers netted confidently to halve the deficit on twelve minutes.  After three goals in less than fifteen minutes it was inevitable that there would be a lull in proceedings.
   On the half hour Bangor sprang back into goalscoring action.  City won a freekick on the half way line which Kevin Scott took quickly to Paul Roberts on the left wing.  He cut infield before crossing right footed to the marauding Les Davies whose first time side footer flew past Dawson for a 3-1 lead.  Within two minutes it was 4-1 and the game was effectively over.  Les Davies crossed from the left, Paul Friel headed on and Paul Roberts collected the ball before appearing to slighlty mishit the ball beyond Dawson and into the far corner.

   City were now on the rampage, with Paul Friel and Owain Jones dominant in centre midfield and Gareth Williams and Les Davies carving out chances from the wings.  Moments after the fourth goal Gareth williams was clear on goal but shot directly at Dawson.  Then Les Davies saw hit cannonball shot fly over for a corner which Clayton Blackmore delivered but  Paul O'Neill headed over.
Half Time 1-4
   The second half was a far quieter affair!  But on 48 minutes City stoked the fires once more with a fifth goal, this time from the penalty spot.  The Welshpool defence was caught out by a crossfield ball, Paul O'Neill was clearly pulled back, and Paul Roberts stepped up to convert the spot kick with a clean strike to the keeper's right.
   Five minutes later it might have been six one but Owain Jones fired over from just outside the box after Paul Roberts had worked an opening from the left. On the hour another newcomer Adam Roscoe made his debut as right winger Gareth Williams limped off after an impressive first hour.  Three minutes later Mark Connolly replaced Carl Lamb who had run out of steam but could be more than pleased with his first outing in a blue shirt.
   If anything the home side rallied in the second period, substitute and one time Bangor favourite Ricky Evans came on to add a touch of class to their midfield.  Phil Priestley more than atoned for his earlier indiscretion with a brilliant double save from Gary Roberts and then Steve Rogers, both from close range. He also commanded his area well and took some difficult crosses with ease to take the pressure off centrebacks Phil Baker and Paul O'Neill when needed.
   On 70 minutes Chris Short replaced Owain Jones with Clayton Blackmore moving into midfield.  But Welshpool continued to press and Phil Priestley made a dramatic one handed save from Steve Rogers as he tried to add to his first half strike.  With a cruel frost chilling all concerned Adam Roscoe had a twenty yarder held by Dawson and that was about it.  Referee Richards blew for time to the relief of the frozen spectators who rushed off to start their cars and blast the heaters on full.
   Bangor were as comfortable as the scoreline suggested, despite a more even second half.  The changes had worked and young striker Carl Lamb in particular looked the part.  Two goal Paul Roberts might have been left to reflect that on Saturday his cleanest strikes were blocked whilst tonight a scuffed effort found the back of the net.  That's football.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Paul Friel, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Gareth Williams, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Carl Lamb, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, Adam Roscoe, Mark Connolly, Ben Ogilvy

Welshpool:  Dawson, Windsor, Dowridge, B.Jefferies, Norman, Wilkinson, M.Roberts, Burgess, Rogers, Shannon, G.Roberts
Subs:  Courtney, M.Thomas, Glenn Evans, Ricky Evans

MoM Bangor City
Gareth Williams
MoM Welshpool
Glenn Evans
Match Referee
Andy Richards

26 February 2005
Bangor City 0 v 3 Cwmbran Town
The Welsh Premier
   Lose to home to a good side and supporters go home disappointed.  Lose 3-0 at home to mid table mediocrity and its time for the dog to run for cover as the front door slams.  There would have been a few dogs ducking for cover and doors slamming as Bangor fans arrived home on Satruday evening.
   Without the suspended Les Davies and unreliable Kev Scott manager Peter Davenport received a further blow when Clayton Blackmore injured himself training with Blackburn Rovers during the week.  The resultant reshuffle saw Chris Short at right back, Phil Baker continue on the left, Peter Hoy on the right side of midfield with Mark Connolly switching to the left.
   Referee Steve Hames stamped his authority on the game in the opening seven minutes with yellow cards for Jamie Edwards for diving and Kris Hames for a foul on Peter Hoy.  However a clear elbow by Perry on Tony Gray went unpunished moments later to the annoyance of the home fans.  Bangor should have gone ahead just inside the quarter hour after a goalmouth scramble from a corner resulted in desperate defending which denied first Paul Roberts and then Peter Hoy, both from around the penalty spot.  
   City were finding the pace of former Newtown left winger Jamie Edwards hard to handle and Eifion Jones had cause to race across on a number of occasions to cover.  Cwmbran were awarded a couple of freekicks as a result of the little winger's pace but realised no real direct threat.
   Cwmbran had to wait until the twentieth minute for their first site of goal.  The burly Jason Welsh seized on a mistake by Phil Priestley but fired wide of an empty goal from 25 yards.  City responded when Neil Thomas picked up the ball on the right hand side of midfield, passed to Mark Connolly, but his shot flew off target.  On the half hour Peter Hoy won a corner on the right.  The centre caused havoc in The Crows defence but they threw themselves in the line of the ball to block successive efforts from Tony Gray and then Paul Roberts - on the line - before Wesson grabbed the ball at full stretch.
   On 34 minutes Cwmbran carved their first real chance and scored.  As City pushed forward the visitors counter attacked and created a 4 on 2 opening, as the ball sped left to right winger Simon Heal crashed home a low drive beyond the despairing Phil Priestley and into the net.
 In the closing five minutes Mark Connolly was yellow carded, Owain Jones saw hit goalbound effort blocked, and finally Tony Gray was clear on goal but fired straight at visiting keeper Wesson.
   As the disconsolate City fans sought half time solace, two comments aimed at no one in particular drifted up.  "They're quicker to the ball" being the first swiftly followed by "too many players out of position".  Both seemed about right - although injuries and suspensions can even upset the millionaires of Chelsea - let alone Bangor City.
Half Time 0-1
   Bangor made a half time change as Paul Friel replaced Eifion Jones.  The line up changed from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 with Chris Short and Mark Connolly as wingbacks whilst Phil Baker, Paul O'Neil and Peter Hoy lined up as centrebacks.
   The second half opened in similar vein to the first.  Referee Hames yellow carded two visiting players, Mike Fowler for throwing the ball away, and the goalscorer Heal for a foul on Mark Connolly.  On 55 minutes Tony Gray latched on to a clever through ball from Neil Thomas, beat the out-rushing Wesson but then sent his effort wide of an empty goal - in a carbon copy of the miss by Welsh - from some 25-30 yards.  The little striker has not scored since before Christmas and is visibly low on confidence.
   Mark Connolly thought he had levelled the scoring when he did just about everything right but had reckoned without the intervention of the dogged Wesson.  A sweeping ball from the right from Paul Roberts found the wingback in space on the edge of the box, he cut inside to move the ball onto his right foot, fired goalwards, but saw the shot deflected over.  Neil Thomas was the one City midfielder who seemed capable of taking the game by the scruff of the neck but never quite managed to do so.
   Cwmbran doubled their advantage on 61 minutes in a moment which owed much to farce.  Mike Fowler shot goalwards and to the amazement of just about everyone Phil Priestley misjudged the direction of the underhit effort and allowed it to creep inside his right post.  Bangor tried to bounce back and Chris Short pressed forward on the right, fired on target but Wesson conceded the fifth corner of the afternoon.  Phil Baker then though he had narrowed the deficit but Cwmbran somehow cleared their lines.
   On 74 minutes it was 3-0 for Cwmbran.  Kris Thomas capitalised on some indecision on the edge of the box to drive home low past Phil Priestley who seemed flat footed by the direction of the shot.  Three minutes later Frank Mottram replaced Tony Gray.  By now Peter Hoy was operating as an extra forward and his pace carved an opening as he chased a long ball down the middle but his effort flew wide.  With five minutes to go Neil Thomas was yellow carded for a foul on Diamond, Cwmbran won their first corner, then Owain Jones saw his shot deflected for City seventh.
   With the match drifting into the injury time Peter Hoy was fouled in the box - penalty claims turned away - but his petulant kick whilst lying on the ground earned the inevitable - and justifiable - straight red which brought the curtain down on the sort of afternoon you would normally wish on Caernarfon!  A wholly disappointing afternoon - a disjointed performance - and one which wasted a chance to capitalise on other favourable results the evening before.
   One final word, credit to the visitors and their band of noisy supporters who applauded them off the field.  It is a long journey - there and back - but oen the had every right to enjoy.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Chris Short, Phil Baker, Peter Hoy, Paul O'Neill, E.Jones, Neil Thomas, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Mark Connolly.   Subs:  Paul Friel
, Frank Mottram, Ben Ogilvy
Cwmbran:  Wesson, Green, Kris James,  Coughlin,  Perry, Fowler, Edwards, Diamond, Welsh, Thomas, Heal
Subs:  Mohammmed, Mainwaring, Hurlin

MoM Bangor City
Neil Thomas
MoM Cwmbran
Jason Perry
Match Referee
Steve Hames

19 February 2005
Haverfordwest 1 v 1 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Another draw for City on their travels came after the strikers on both sides fired blanks and watched two defenders score the first half goals.
   Sadly though this was a game dominated by some simply dreadful refereeing by Simon Jones who took centre stage, made a series of petty and often misguided decisions and sent Les Davies off for just about nothing.  His performance ruined this game although City's failure to win waa due to some poor finishing and wasted final passes.
   With Kevin Scott failing to show Bangor moved the versatile Phil Baker to leftback and brought Neil Thomas and Paul Friel into midfield alongside young Owain Jones. Mark Connolly and Eifion Jones took up seats on the bench.  Apart from the ludicrous Mr Jones the main influence on the match was strong wind which blew towards the County clubhouse and supported the home side in the first period.  Lee Brown tested Phil Priestley with a goalbound effort inside the opening five minutes.  Bangor retaliated as Lee Kendall - a surprisingly subdued and clean mouthed figure - saved at the foot of his post as City;s leading goalscorer Paul Roberts celebrated his 150th WP appearance for the club with a downward header from Tony Gray's rightwing cross.
   Tony Gray then forced a good save from Kendall after Paul Roberts won the ball on the right.  On 19 minutes Cityhad the lead against the blustery wind. A foul on Paul Roberts yielded a freekick which Clayton Blackmore crossed for the marauding Paul O'Neill to head home from six yards with Kendall opting to stay on his line.  Paul Roberts was fouled and, in the delay that ensued, Roberts and Phil Baker (for dissent?) were yellow carded.
   Bangor looked good value for the lead but ten minutes later the home side drew level under disappointing circumstances.  A long cross from the right caught Phil Priestley out and he could only palm the ball to leftback Lee Hudgell who fired home off the underside of the crossbar, past the despairing Paul O'Neill's attempted goalline clearance. .
   As half time drew nearer Phil Priestley saved well from Rossiter.  City were the happier with the interval whistle as they anticipated the backing of the cold wind in the second period.  Les Davies (for running into an obstructing defender) Neil Thomas and Lee Brown were yellow carded just before the whistle.
Half Time 1-1
   Bangor opened brightly and midfielder Neil Thomas won an early corner with a surging run into the County box.  Then Kendall saved well as Tony Gray fired on target after a sweeping crossfield ball from Phil Baker on the left.  On the hour Paul Friel was withdrawn in favour of Mark Connolly, momentd after he was booked by a rampant Mr Jones, with Connolly taking up his customary right wing berth.  Moments later Paul Roberts rising drive was pushed over the bar by Kendall for a third Bangor corner.
   The only real outlet for County was right winger Nicky Palmer who exploited some space on the right, but as the match progressed Phil Baker rose to the challenge and gradually snuffed out the threat.   On 61 minutes midfielder Neil Thomas emphasised his growing influence with a fine run and crashing shot which rattled the crossbar and bounced down and out to safety.  The ball was hardly cleared before Deryn Brace fouled Paul Roberts but Phil Baker sent the freekick over from twenty yards on the left.  
   City were now in control, allowing for the odd foray by Palmer.  One such would be break ended abruptly when Phil Baker robbed the lanky winger and charged on goal but saw his shot held by Kendall.  Then Tony Gray got his head to a Neil Thomas cross but his effort flew over.  
   With ten minutes remaining Les Davies was sent off.  After an earlier caution for precious little the big winger was dismissed for an accidental clash with Phil Catlin whose apparent life threatening injury soon cleared.  The ever unpleasant Colin Loss was then, rather belatedly, yellow carded for another foul. Owain Jones fired wildly wide from long distance, Tony Gray shot over from the right after good work from Neil Thomas, and the ginger midfielder fired at Kendall from twenty yards.  
   And then Referee Jones, who abysmal mismanagement had ruined the match more than the chill wind, blew his whistle and marched off with a broad grin. Free meal and expenses to be gathered before cruising home to Swansea, the home of rank referees.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Phil Baker, Peter Hoy, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Neil Thomas, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Les Davies.   Subs:  
Eifion Jones,  Mark Connolly, Ben Ogilvy
Haverfordwest:   Kendall, Brace, Hudgell, Catlin, Thomas, Barnhouse, Palmer, Hicks, Brown, Loss, Rossiter
Subs:  Blain, Adams, Algieri

MoM Bangor City
Neil Thomas
MoM County
Nicky Palmer
Match Referee
Simon Jones

15 February 2005
Bangor City 6 v 0 Llanfair PG
   After a competitive first half Bangor ran out comfortable winners against a spirited Llanfair side who played football throughout.
   With Kevin Scott, Neil Thomas and Tony Gray unavailable there were starts for Chris Short and Frank Mottram whilst Ritchie Owen and Paul Friel came onto the bench.  Bangor could have gone ahead on six minutes when Frank Mottram's shot was palmed away by Ben Heald who could only watch moments later as Owain Jones headed over.  Mark Connolly saw his shot held before the hard working Billy Evans went close for Llanfair with a diving header aimed at a right wing cross.
   On 21 minutes Bangor had the lead.  Running forward from leftback, Clayton Blackmore picked out Paul Roberts as he broke into the visitors box and beat Heald with a crisp low drive for his twentieth goal of the season.
 On the half hour Mark Connolly thought he had doubled the advantage but Parry cleared off the line after good approach play from Les Davies.  Llanfair were playing their part in a competitive match and could have levelled the scores when leftback Gavin Owen forced Phil Priestley to save low at the foot of his lefthand post.
   With ten minutes of the half remaining Les Davies again opened up the visitors defence, squared to Owain Jones, but his effort flew over the bar.  City forced a couple more corners before the interval, but Llanfair held firm with Dafydd Evans enjoying a impressive return to Farrar Road after a long spell with WP rivals Porthmadog.
Half Time 1-0
   The second half was more productive for Bangor but with a little more consistency amongst the officials it might have been even more so.
   After seeing a side footer roll into the side netting, Les Davies doubled City's lead with a calm tap as Paul O'Neill's header rebounded off the crossbar on 52 minutes.  Paul Roberts was immediately withdrawn and replaced by Ritchie Owen who lined up alongside Frank Mottram.  On 58 minutes it became 3-0 when Les Davies' downward header was crashed home by Ritchie Owen.  This prompted another change as Phil Baker made way for Paul Friel, fit again following his hand injury.
   On 61 minutes Frank Mottram muscled his way into the box and was felled for a Bangor penalty.  Midfielder Owain Jones calmly converted the spot kick for his twelth goal of the season.  Llanfair replaced the tiring Declan Friel with Simon Giddings and midfielder Owain Jones came off for Peter Hoy who took up an unfamiliar role in midfield.  Then Neil Hughes replaced Gareth Roberts.  Neil is remembered for scoring the first ever LoW goal for Bangor but some of us recall an impressive hatrick on Hyde United's artificial Ewen Fields surface a year or so earlier.  
   Llanfair goalkeeper Ben Heald had performed well but none more so than a superb double save from Ritchie Owen and Paul O'Neill who both thought they had scored with close range efforts.  The steady stream of corners reached nine when Heald again did well to push over a clean hit from Les Davies. There was another change for the visitors as Kevin Hughes replaced Richard Owen.
   On 78 minutes Bangor went 5-0 up as Ritchie Owen doubled his personal tally with a well taken effort with his back to goal.  "Pigeon" has waited patiently for a chance to prove himself in Bangor colours and certainly took his chance this evening.  Frank Mottram went close on a couple of occasions, the referee ignored three signals for Bangor penalties from his assistant, but there was still a final goal to come.  This time it was Peter Hoy who beat Heald with a clean strike from a Frank Mottram pass to cap a 25 minutes cameo in City's midfield alongside Paul Friel.
   But a final word of praise for Llanfair who were a credit to their club.  Goalkeeper Ben Heald caught the eye as did leftback Gavin Owen and the hard working Billy Evans upfront.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Chris Short, Clayton Blackmore, Eifion Jones, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.   Subs:  Paul Friel
,  Peter Hoy, Ritchie Owen
Llanfair:  Heald, Owen, Owen, Roberts, Parry, Evans, Friel, Griffith, Roberts, Owen, Evans
Subs:  Hughes, Giddings, Hughes, Moore, Owen

MoM Bangor City
Les Davies
MoM Llanfair
Ben Heald
Match Referee
Lee Evans

8 February 2005
Newtown 0 v 0 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   City travelled to Latham Park for a Welsh Premiership fixture with Newtown without the injured pair Clayton Blackmore and Tony Gray.
Whether either absentee would have made a difference is open to debate but Bangor certainly missed Clayton’s composure and experience at the back as the match settled into a long ball pattern with both defences tending to overhit clearances.
   The better chances of the first period fell to Frank Mottram whose header was punched clear by stand in goalkeeper Ellacot before Dan Barton twice went close for The Robins.  The clearest opening saw Danny Field – who had netted twice for Newtown at Farrar Road earlier in the season – balloon over from close range after a slip by Peter Hoy.
   Both defences were clearing the ball with interest, forwards were chasing and worrying when they might have preferred a more cultutred service.  For Newtown the ever industrious Dan Barton was giving Paul O'Neill a difficult evening whilst Paul Roberts and Frank Mottram were working hard to find space against Mark Allen and formert Rhyl stopper Adrian Moody.
   Left winger Les Davies and debutant defender Paul O’Neill went close for City an end to end session which culiminated in Paul Roberts shooting wide from close range after he and Neil Thomas had seen long range efforts miss the target.
   The half time whistle saw the 230 strong crowd seek out hot or cold refreshments and contemplate that there might be better to come.

Half Time 0-0
   The second half followed the same pattern as Kevin Scott’s freekick found Paul Roberts but Ellacot saved his clean strike.  On the hour former City defender Mark Allen  scrambled the ball off the line as Owain Jones flicked on a Peter Hoy long throw, but moments later City were relieved when young Danny Field failed to hit the target from close range.
   The game promptly switched again as Les Davies led a charge out of defence and created a three on two.  The big winger passed to Neil Thomas who cut inside to fire left footed but the home defence again cleared the danger.
   With twenty minutes to go Dan Barton went close before Ellacot pulled off a superb one handed save from Frank Mottram’s twenty yarder.  City looked the more likely to grab a winner as time ran out, but were frequently frustrated by whistle happy referee Morgan whose interventions frustrated both sides.
   There was a late yellow card for Mark Allen for a second heavy tackle, this time on Les Davies, a flurry of late substitutions, but no goals although Mark Connolly saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line by young rightback Carl Harris.
    A word of caution for whoever organises the referees if they should ever stumble across this report.  The idea of having the same officials in charge of the same team for two matches in four days is a questionable one.  After officiating at Treflan on Saturday afternoon Mr Morgan and his comrades looked a trifle jaded at Latham Park.  Even linesmen are human; the road and the miles take their toll.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Chris Short, Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Paul O'Neill, Phil Baker, Neil Thomas, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.   Subs:  
Eifion Jones,  Mark Connolly, Ritchie Owen
Newtown:   Ellacot, Harris, Giles, Hughes, Allen, Moody, Brown, Desormeaux, Field, Barton, Futcher. 
Subs:  Matthews, Webb, Williams

MoM Bangor City
Peter Hoy
MoM Newtown
Marty Ellacot
Match Referee
Neil Morgan

5 February 2004
      TNS 2 v 1 Bangor City     
   Bangor were knocked out of the 2004-05 Welsh Cup by a combination of poor finishing and bad luck at a greasy Treflan yesterday.
   Moments before Scott Ruscoe headed home a late winner for TNS an overhead kick from Paul Roberts had struck the post.  Robbo might have ended the afternoon with a hatrick.  But more of that later. The only change to the Bangor line up a straight swap, Mark Connolly back after suspension to replace the cuptied Neil Thomas.  Otherwise Tony Gray continued alongside leading goalscorer Paul Roberts and Phil Baker likewise in midfield next to Owain Jones.
   TNS started with purpose and dominated possession in the opening quarter but their one-paced approach play yielded few clear cut chances.  City went close when Mark Connolly sent a raking crossfield ball to Les Davies who charged goalwards but crashed his shot off target.  After the home side had forced a couple of corners City should have taken the lead.  Owain Jones won the ball in midfield and set Paul Roberts clear on goal.  He steadied hiimself to shot over the prone figure of Doherty but was stunned as the Irish keeper pulled off a blinding one handed stop.  
   Marc Lloyd Williams, once of Bangor, found space in the "reds" box but Phil Preistley comfortably gathered.  Then on 28 mins Tony Gray, who had been injured in a collision with Gerard Doherty, was replaced by Frank Mottram.
   Bangor forced a second corner of the match which Clayton Blackmore sent deep to Mark Connolly but his goalbound blast was blocked.  The ball span to the right post where Paul Roberts and Frank Mottram scrambled vainly to try and convert from close range but had to make do with a corner on the right which Kev Scott delivered too close Doherty.
   Chris King swept the ball upfield but the pacey Peter Hoy was on hand to tackle Michael Wilde as he ran into the Bangor box.  Hogan then blazed wide from the edge of the box and TNS continued to enjoy periods of possession without creating too much.  Ten minutes before the interval a twisting turning Paul Roberts drew Steve Evans and Jimmy Aggrey on the edge of the TNS box.  As he lost his footing Roberts slid the ball to the right where the lurking Frank Mottram took one touch, struggled to find firm footing for his left foot whilst blasting a rising right footer at Doherty which might have skimmed the 'keepers gloves on its path over the home crossbar.
   As half time drew nearer City forced corners 4,5 and 6 which ended in Les Davies seeing his shot blocked and cleared.  Owain Jones sent a long range effort off target and in the dying seconds Marc Lloyd Williams galloped clear on the left but Peter Hoy switched on the afterburners and timed his tackle to perfection as the ginger striker lined up a shot.
   Half time, no goals, TNS the greater possession but Bangor the clearer chances.  About fair?  Just about.
Half Time 0-0
   Bangor began the second period attacking the social club end.  Big Les Davies created a half chance for Frank Mottram on the left but his fiercely hit effort flew across the face of the goal.  A seventh Bangor corner followed, won by Mottram on the left, but Clayton Blackmore saw Doherty handles confidently despite some strange squealing sounds from the seated area.  Michael Wilde volleyed wide from the right for TNS.
   City again forced the clearer chances despite occasionally finding themselves without the ball for periods.  A high ball to the left edge of the TNS box dropped to Les Davies off Paul Roberts, but the winger saw his left footer shoot a couple of yards wide.  On 63 mins TNS made a telling change as the ineffective John Toner was replaced by left winger John Lawless.  Within three minutes, on 66, the move paid dividends.  Lawless and King created a half chance for Jamie Wood on the right edge of the Bangor box.  His initial effort was blocked but the rebound invited a pass to Michael Wilde which the burly striker drove hard and low over Peter Hoy's outstretched leg and beyond the diving Phil Priestley.
   But Bangor refused to lie down and a patient build up across the midfield involving Phil Baker and Owain Jones supplied Clayton Blackmore in the right back position.  His curling pass was neatly controlled by Mark Connolly whose cross was quickly controlled by Les Davies on the left edge of the TNS box.  His calm lay off found Owain Jones who bungled the ball past two defenders and fell invitingly for Paul Roberts whose turn and shot took a slight deflection and beat Doherty from eight yards to the delight of the blue horde.
   Again TNS strung passes together, again Bangor carved out chances.  With less than five minutes to go a long throw from the right, hurled in by the hard working Mark Connolly, was flicked on by Owain Jones and found Paul Roberts who immediately sent an overhead kick goalwards from eight yards. Unfortunately his effort hit the outside of the right post and was scrambled clear.
   On 90 minutes John Lawless crossed from the left, Marc Lloyd Williams headed back from the right post to Scott Ruscoe whose firm downward header beat Phil Priestley from six yards.  There were a couple of minutes of injury time, but City failed to test Doherty and the whistle blew.  Hard done to?  Downhearted?  Without doubt, a mood of what might have been, but that is football.  
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, EifionJones, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, 
Frank Mottram, Paul O'Neill
TNS:  Doherty, Holmes, King, Hogan, Evans, Aggrey, Ruscoe, Williams, Wilde, Toner, Wood
Subs:  Taylor, Beck, Lawless

MoM Bangor City
Peter Hoy
Michael Wilde
Match Referee
Neil Morgan

29 January 2005
Bangor City 2 v 0 Connahs Quay
The Welsh Premier
   This was a far more convincing win than the scorelines suggests as City won thanks to first half goals from Kevin Scott and Paul Roberts.
   With Mark Connolly suspended new signing Neil Thomas made his debut on the right with Phil Baker retaining his central midfield alongside the towering Owain Jones.  The impressive form of centrebacks Eifion Jones and Peter Hoy meant that City's other recent arrival Paul O'Neill had to be content with a seat on the bench.  There was one late change as Frank Mottram started alongside Paul Roberts with Tony Gray delayed by traffic.
   Bangor, watched by TNS manager Ken McKenna, took control from the off as Kevin Scott's long range shot bounced steeply in front of Nomads keeper Craig Bryan.  Paul Roberts shot over from twenty yards after latching onto a long throw from Scott and Frank Mottram went close from th esame source.  On twelve minutes Mottram headed off target as the Wrexham based left footer proved a thorn in the vistors side.
   After a couple of corners inthe quarter hour mark, Neil Thomas showed his class with a brave run down the right which culminated in a dipping near post cross which Frank Mottram nodded wide.  City were cranking up the pressure with Owain Jones and Phil Baker dominant in midfield, allowing Thomas and left winger Les Davies plenty of possession.  A third corner from the right was curled in by Kevin Scott, half cleared by the Nomads defence but only as far as Clayton Blackmore whose 25 yard effort clipped the post and was scrambled clear.
   On 29 minutes City were awarded a freekick on the edge of the box.  Clayton Blackmore slid the bal to Kevin Scott who powerful drive crashed into the back of the net to the delight of the Farrar End.  This capped a fine opening half hour by the left footer who had been at the heart of most of City's attacking moves.
   It was soon to be 2-0 after Chris Williams handled the ball from another Bangor corner.  Referee Richards pointed to the spot and up stepped leading scorer Paul Roberts who scuffed his effort into the bottom corner for his 15th WP strike of the season.  This was enough for Gareth Owen who was promptly replaced by Paul Mazzarrella but he could not stem the blue tide as Phil Baker shot on target but saw his effort deflected for the fifth and final Bangor corner of the half.
Half Time 2-0
   As the teams took the field for the second period Connahs Quay made to further substitutions, bringing on Stuart Rain and Darren Williams for the unimpressive Ben Heath and Andy Griffiths.
   It made no real difference as Eifon Jones and Peter Hoy dealt calmly with the new four man attack, finding Phil Priestley when necessary and taking the right option to boom clear on occasion.  Five minutes after the interval Les Davies found Frank Mottram in the six yard area but his attempt was deflected for a corner which Eifion Jones headed against the crossbar.  Moments later Paul Roberts saw his shot held by Bryan.
   On 52 minutes the visitors won their first corner of the evening but City were soon back on the attack through Paul Roberts whose ball to Neil Thomas encouraged an inviting cross but the Criccieth marksman headed off target.  Peter Hoy and Eifion Jones then combined well to deny Tommy Mutton before Frank Mottram, who had impressed in build up play, saw the ball run to keeper Bryan as he ran on goal.
   With an hour gone Phil Baker won the ball in midfield and found Les Davies charging down the left.  His cross evaded Neil Thomas and The Nomads tried to counter but were again denied by Jones and Hoy.  City retaliated with Kevin Scott whose long throw was fired goalwards by Phil Baker but this time too close to the keeper.  
Mazzarrella then went close for the visitors from 30 yards before Tommy Mutton forced a good save from Phil Priestley as he was allowed too much space on the right.
   Referee Richard then booked Kevin Scott for diving - which seemed a strange decision - and then Craig Hutchinson for a wild lunge on Les Davies on the half way line.  Cries of "what's that for ref?" from the visitors bench were greeted with a chorus of correct answers from City fans.  Neil Thomas then found Frank Mottram on the edge of the Nomads box but Bryan did well to rush out.
   The best move of the second half saw Kev Scott play a neat one-two with Les Davies.  The cross was cleared by Scott then fired over the resulting half chance.  Big Les then saw his shot held, City forced an 8th corner on 80 minutes, and on 82 mins Tony Gray replaced Frank Mottram.  Former Cefn United striker Darren Williams fired wide on a counter before Bangor forced their 9th & 10th corners, brought on Chris Short and Paul O'Neil for Clayton Balckmore and Eifion Jones, and Mr Richards blew before Shorty had touched the ball!

   Overall a good performance, deserved win, but one which could have been more telling with better finishing.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, EifionJones, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Neil Thomas, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, Tony Gray, Paul O'Neill, Ben Ogilvy

Nomads:  Bryan, Tuft, Heath, Hutchinson, Horan, Jellicoe, Williams, Mutton, Crawford, Griffiths, Owen
Subs:  Williams, Rain, Mazzarrella, Cooke

MoM Bangor City
Kevin Scott
MoM Nomads
Craig Bryan
Match Referee
Andy Richards

Tuesday 25th January 2005
Bangor City 1 v 0 Cardiff City
   Bangor moved into the Semi Final stages of the Premier Cup after defeating Cardiff City by a single goal at Farrar Road.
   A grimacing Lenny Lawrence - watching from the mainstand - saw his young side dominated for long periods and generally outplayed by a blues side who took the initiative from the first whistle.  Bangor welcomed Phil Priestley back in goal but his involvement was largely restricted to handling crosses and hopeful efforts due in no small part to the dominance of centre back pairing Eifion Jones and Peter Hoy.  Along with Owain Jones and Phil Baker in midfield this quartert won tackles, headers and competed for the ninety minutes against a Bluebirds side which inlcuded five players with first team experience.
    Phil Priestley had to be alert in the opening minute as Byron Anthony aimed a header at the City goal, but the re-signed stopper immediately sent a huge kick forward which Paul Roberts controlled and shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.  With a stiff breeze at their backs Bangor attacked the Farrar End with purpose and won a corner on the right.  Leftback Kevin Scott trotted over and whipped in a curling cross which was deflected past his goalkeeper by Byron Anthony for an unlucky own goal.  Own goal or not this early lead gave City clear sense of purpose.
    Phil Baker then fired on target but the apprehensive Barratt collected comfortably.  City might have doubled their advantage when Paul Roberts lobbed the ball into the path of Mark Connolly on the right, his first time ball found Tony Gray but Barratt again held cleanly.  City soon forced a second corner and Kevin Scott went close to repeating the feat but the 'keeper punched out from virtually under his crossbar.  Moments later Les Davies burst into the box on the left but Rewbury intercepted at the last moment.
    Phil Baker was enjoying his evening in the midfield and might have added his name to the scoresheet when he caught Rewbury napping on the edge of the box but his low shot veered wide.  The creative Tony Gray then released Paul Roberts, Barratt ran out and was thankful that his clearance cannoned into City's leading goalscorer and out for a goalkick.
    Cardiff brought Phil Priestley into action on the half hour thanks to Toni Koskela but his shot was taken comfortably.  Tony Gray then found the side netting after controlling a clever diagonal ball from Kevin Scott, then Clayton Blackmore saw his 35 yard freekick held by Barratt who seemed more comfortable with shots than crosses.  Kift saw his effort skim off Eifion Jones' head but Priestley held calmly.  In the closing minutes Owain Jones and Tony Gray both headed off target but the half line scoreline remained one nil.
Half Time 1-0
   The second half did not quite live up to excitement of the first, in particular in terms of  clear cut chances.
   A Kevin Scott long throw down the left touchline was seized on by Les Davies who beat a couple of Cardiff defenders before crossing near post but Barratt dived low and snuffed out the danger.  
   With little happening upfront Cardiff replaced Danny Thomas with Janoul Easter but the lightweight forward struggled to make much of an impact against the impressive Jones-Hoy partnership.  The visitors were now looking to impose a frustrating offside trap on proceedings and snared Paul Roberts as he looked to run on goal.   Another visitors substitution saw Curtis McDonald come on before Phil Priestley negotiated his only awkward moment of the evening by palming an inswinging cross over the bar for a corner.
    Rewbury was then yellow carded for a pull on Tony Gray was City's promising young striker ran goalwards from the half way line.  With fifteen minutes remaining Bangor thought they had a two goal lead when Eifion Jones headed home from a Kevin Scott corner.  Unhappily the one thousand plus crowd were silenced when referee Ceri Richards ruled that Tony Gray had fouled Barratt and awarded a freekick to the relieved visitors.
    With City's defence clearing their lines consistently Cardiff failed to make any serious inroads into the home penalty area.  With ten minutes left on the watch the impressive Tony Gray won a corner on the left.  Clayton Blackmore's cross was half cleared to Paul Roberts who crashing volley flew wide of the left post.  Moments later Cardiff attacked down the right but found Kevin Scott in uncompromsing mood and the move fizzled out.  
    There was time for a couple more changes as Michael Parkins replaced Fish and with minutes remaining Frank Mottram came on for Les Davies whose received a warm ovation from the Bangor crowd.  There were no last minute scares and when referee Richard blew for the final whistle City were deserved winners and through to the semi final stage without a goal conceded in the tournament to date.
Bangor:  Phil Priestley, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, EifionJones, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, Frank Mottram,  Ben Ogilvy, Craig Garsdie, Ritchie Owen

Cardiff:  Barratt, Anthony, Hughes, Fish, Parslow, Rewbury, Taylor, Koskela, Fleetwood, Thomas, Kift
Subs:  Easter, Allison, McDonald, Morgan, Parkins

MoM Bangor City
Tony Gray
MoM Cardiff
Byron Anthony
Match Referee
Ceri Richards

22 January 2005
Bangor City 1 v 0 Afan Lido
The Welsh Premier
   Despite playing the closing half hour with ten men City secured the three points against a hard working Afan Lido side who are involved in a fierce relegation battle against Llanelli, Airbus and with increasing determination, Caernarfon Town.
   This was scarcely a classic and was punctuated by a two red and six yellow cards issued by Mr Cavanagh, the majority to the visitors, although the typically robust Chrid Pridham somehow escaped
   The red card shown to midfielder Mark Connolly on 63 minutes followed two yellow cards.  Defender Phil Baker lined up in central midfield in place of the departed Simon Davies whilst leftback Kevin Scott made a welcome return as did Frank Mottram alongside Paul Roberts in attack.
   With Phil Baker and Owain Jones winning the ball in midfield City should have created more chances but failed to put the five man Lido defence under enough pressure with any regularity.
   The goal that proved to be the decider came on 41 minutes.  Frank Mottram collected the ball on the right, raced towards the goalline and crossed into the Lido goalmouth.  Visiting 'keeper Brian Thomas appeared to collide with one of his defenders and the ball fell invitingly for Mark Connolly who scored from close range.
   This goal came either side of bookings for Piper and Driscoll as half time approached and the game developed into hard going on a heavy pitch.
Half Time 1-0
   The second half remained goalless but was packed with incident and controvesy in the closing minutes.
   Goalscorer Connolly collected the first of his two yellow cards on 52 minutes for squaring up to a Lido defender, referee Cavanagh then showed the second for a clear foul which resulted in the red.  The busy Mr Cavanagh also yellow carded McCreesh on the hour.
   With ten minutes remaining Lido defender Roberts was also red carded for a pull on Paul Roberts as the City striker raced in on goal.  Having decided that the offender was "last man"  referee Cavanagh rightly dismissed Roberts who had been booked on 52 minutes along with Mark Connolly.
   On 73 minutes Frank Mottram, who had enjoyed a decent performance, made way for Tony Gray.  The young striker cut in from the right but failed to make the most of the chance he created.  The on 77 minutes a tiring Kevin Scott made way for Chris Short who slotted in at left back.
   The final twist of the afternoon came on 87 minutes when Lido thought they won a penalty for what looked like a trip on Andy Reid by Peter Hoy. However with the home supporters fearing the worst Mr Cavanagh suggested that Reid had dived, awarded City a freekick and booked the offender!
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, EifionJones, Phil Baker, Peter Hoy,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.   Subs:  Chris Short, Tony Gray,  Ben Ogilvy

Lido:  Thomas, Roberts, Driscoll, C.Evans, Holmes, Reid, McCreesh, Pridham, Piper. Taylor, Hurley.
Sub:: Martin, Patten, Reynolds

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Afan Lido
Phil Holmes
Match Referee

15 January 2005
Porthmadog 3 v 0 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  During the week Porthmadog officials had worked overtime to get the ground ready for action after the ravages of the flood water which washed up from the nearby estuary.  By 4.20pm it must have seemed well worthwhile as Viv Williams' side ran out clear winners against a Bangor side who created  a number of chances but - criticially - defended badly at crucial times.
   It all started brightly enough before a somewhat subdued crowd and twice early chances fell to Clayton Blackmore, but home 'keeper McGuigan saved one and saw the second fly wide.  Port's first challenge came when Phil Baker had to head over for a corner after Gareth Parry crossed from the left. Simon Davies then crossed from the left but McGuigan held with ease before the home side forced a series of corners but found Richard Acton in sound form.  On twenty minutes Owain Jones latched onto a loose ball in midfield and saw his firm drive held by the Port 'custodian.  
   On 23 minutes Porthmadog went ahead.  Steve Jones crossed from the right, Carl Owen flicked on and Ryan Davies galloped in at the back post to beat Richard Acton from ten yards.  The Bangor based defender celebrated his second goal of the season against his home town, to the dismay of the visiting Citizens and in particular his younger brother Les.
   It was the 25th minute when City forced their first corner after a high hanging cross from Les Davies left McGuigan injured, then Owain Jones was hurt in a heavy tackle against goalscorer Davies.  Port forced another corner kick but found Peter Hoy in determined mood.  His clearance was collected by Les Davies whose found Paul Roberts on the edge of the box but his shot flew over the bar.  Then Tony Gray saw his low effort turned away by McGuigan after Simon Davies sent over a freekick from the left.
   City then saw Paul Roberts fire over again before Ritchie Owen made a telling tackle on Les Davies as the big winger charged into the Port box.  With  a bit of momentum Bangor now forced another corner as Gareth Parry, who enjoyed a fine game for the hosts, stopped Paul Roberts as he ran in on goal. In this closing spell Carl Owen headed over from Mike Foster's cross, then the cherubic official Mr Morgan whistled and Bangor left the field with some optimism that the deficit could be reversed.
Half Time 1-0
   The opening play of the second period saw Steve Jones slice wide before Ryan Davies cleared off the line from his brother Les after Peter Hoy's cross had deceived McGuigan.  Paul Roberts then combined with Phil Baker to create an opening for Tony Gray but the 20 year old fired wide.  Port hit back in what was developing into an end-to-end affair as Carl Owen just failed to get a telling touch at the near post to a Gareth Caughter cross.
   Caughter exploited space on the left and sent over a cross which eluded Phil Baker and fell into the path of the sturdy Mark Williams whose low drive beat Richard Acton all ends up.  Bangor bounced back to win a freekick as John Glyn Jones was yellow carded for a foul on Tony Gray, but the kick was sent high over the bar.  Simon Davies crossed from the left but Paul Roberts' goalbound header was turned away for a seventh corner of the afternoon which ended in Tony Gray shooting weakly at McGuigan from point blank range.
   On 73 mins it was all over.  Mark Williams flicked on, Richard Acton seemed to gather, but the ball ran free to Carl Owen who slotted home from the right to complete a dismal afternoon for the subdued blues.  Bangor replaced Tony Gray with Frank Mottram and the change nearly worked when the Weston Rhyn striker got his head to a Clayton Blackmore effort but struck the crossbar from a ninth corner of the afternoon.
   There was little to cheer the Bangor camp, but Owain Jones worked hard throughout and Mark Connolly ploughed up and down the right but had little luck.  The facts will show that, having enjoyed as many chances as the home side, City failed to make the most of theirs, and left the field tto noisy critcism from their wind swept supporters.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Phil Baker, Simon Davies, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Frank Mottram, Paul Friel, Ben Ogilvy

Porthmadog:  McGuigan,  JG Jones, Foster, R.Davies, Webber, R.Owen, G.Parry, S.Jones, M.Williams, C.Owen, Caughter
Subs:  D.Evans,  T.Williams, Rowlands

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Porthmadog
Gareth Parry
Match Referee

Saturday 1st January 2005
Bangor City 2 v 0 Caernarfon Town
The Welsh Premier
   The sourcer and his apprentice, Clayton Blackmore and Morgan Jones, cast a spell on The Canaries at Farrar Road yesterday to the delight of the 600 strong home fans.  Both goals came in the final ten minutes after City had struggled to establish a pattern of play on a treacherous Farrar Road surface.
   With Phil Baker suspended and Mark Connolly injured City recalled Peter Hoy alongside Eifion Jones and Gareth Williams in central midfield.  The visitors were without Lee Jones who also watched from the stands.  Caernarfon won the toss and opted to play into the strong, wet wind which gusted from the Farrar End into the St Pauls in time honoured tradition.
   The opening quarter was reminiscent of a week earlier with Tony Gray quickly testing David Walsh with a lofted drive from the edge of the box.  Then Paul Roberts chased a long clearance from Richard Acton - which Phillips inexplicable allowed to bounce - but his twenty yarder struck the crossbar. Caernarfon responded through Llanberis lad Marcus Orlick whose run on goal ended with a shot which flew high and wide into the Farrar End.  City were then slow to react to a long range freekick from Clayton Blackmore which ran through to Walsh.  Caernarfon's hero from the first match, former Witton striker Michael Bird, revealed the luck present in his previous success when his freekick struck the Bangor wall.  
  The first constructive move of the match involved Gareth Williams and Simon Davies but Owain Jones' shot flew over the bar.  Then Tony Gray dragged the visitors defence to him on the right, switched play to Paul Roberts but again Walsh stretched to save well and concede the first corner of the game. City quickly forced another corner but some slack marking suddenly saw the yellow and greens surge forward, four on one, but the experienced figure of Clayton Blackmore got the better of the marauding quartet and forced the ball out for a corner on the right.  On 25 minutes the cool headed defender turned provider but Tony Gray headed over.
  Caernarfon attacked once more, enjoying possession against the wind, and City were grateful for strong headers from Eifion Jones and Peter Hoy to keep the visitors at arms length.  If Bangor had a first half failing it was underhitting clearances which encouraged the opposition rather than pinning them back.  On the half hour Bird was replaced by Osian Jones who took over on the left flank with Orlick moving upfront.  City won a freekick which was taken by Clayton Blackmore before Tony Gray controlled and shot wide from twenty yards.
   Bangor then forced three corners in short time after Clayton Blackmore's shot deflected off former Oswestry defender Hobson.  Paul Roberts chsted the ball down to Owain Jones but his shot was well saved by Walsh.  Moments later the visiting keeper palmed over a corner from the left which encouraged Kevin Scott to deliver from the right but Blackmore saw his effort held.  In the closing minutes Gwyn Peters was cautioned for a clear foul on Paul Roberts but Clayton Blackmore sent the freekick just over the crossbar.  Then Paul Roberts fired well over from the left.
Half Time 0-0
   With the wind at their backs Caernarfon forced an early corner and Owain Jones saw his effort deflected wide by Phillips.  Aaron Thomas then forced a good save from Richard Acton whose clean handling was a welcome sight in the difficulty gusty conditions.  He also punched to good effect when called upon.  On the hour Gwyn Peters shot well wide from outside the box after the visitors had forced their fifth corner of the afternoon.
   Les Davies,  who was enjoying a fine tussle with the bulky Evans on the left, wriggled free of his marker but fired a wild shot into the Farrar End.  Then on 69 minutes the injured Gareth Williams made way for Fachwen's favourite son Morgan Jones.  However he could only watch as Aaron Thomas ran at the Bangor defence, beat Richard Acton twice, but saw his goalbound effort blocked by Peter Hoy and then fire the rebound wide.  The noisy visiting fans at the St Pauls End bellowed for a penalty but none was forthcoming.
   On 72 minutes Tony Gray made way for Frank Mottram.  Robbie Wiliams saw his long range shot comfortably held by Acton before Kevin Scott fired well over from the left.  Minutes later substitute Mottram ran onto a through ball from Les Davies but his rising effort had too much lift to trouble Walsh. With twelve minutes remaining Aaron Thomas made was for the tiny figure of Mark Redshaw who struggled to make any sort of impact.
   Morgan Jones showed more purpose and penetration in his twenty minute spell than at any time since the Bethesda friendly.  His run down the right was abruptly ended by Osian Jones who earned a yellow card for booting the ball away.  The freekick was fifteen yards along the touchline from the corner flag and ideal Simon Davies territory.  His curler deflected off McNulty into the path of Clayton Blackmore who capped a fine afternoon with a clean drive past Walsh from close range.  The Farrar End crowd stopped shouting for a penalty and celebrated the goal instead.
   The first goal was timed at 81 minutes and two more had gone when Kevin Scott's throw in found Les Davies on the left wing.  He rolled Evans and chased to the dead ball line before finding Morgan Jones with a low cross which the 18 year old turned home instantly to the delight of the home fans.  If the little winger could have made a bigger impact in twenty minutes it is hard to imagine how.  A good time for a first goal!
   Caernarfon struck back purposefully but City defence stood firm, in particular Eifion Jones and Peter Hoy who threw their bodies in the way and gave the visitors little or no space to work in.  Having weathered a storm Bangor might have grabbed a third goal as Morgan Jones ran past two or three visiting defenders but ran out of luck when Walsh smothered the ball deep inside the box.  In injury time Caernarfon forced a couple of corners and Bangor were again forced to defend bravely, but the clean sheet was protected.  Referee Morgan blew his whistle and it was left for the hitherto noisy troupe of Canaries to walk out quietely and Morgan Jones to enjoy his ovation from the appreciative home fans.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott,  Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones,  Simon Davies, Gareth Williams, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Frank Mottram,  Morgan Jones
Caernarfon: Walsh, Evans, Orlick, Chalk, Hobson, McNulty, Peters, Williams, Thomas, Bird, Phillips
Subs:   O.Jones, Redshaw,  Hogg

MoM Bangor City
Clayton Blackmore
MoM Caernarfon
Match Referee
Lee Morgan

Monday 27th December 2004
Caernarfon Town 2 v 1 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   A boxing referee might have stopped this at half time to save the home side from further punishment, but football matches are never won on chances or possession and Bangor eventually played a high price for failing to conver theirs..
   The blues line up was re-inenforced by fullbacks Clayton Blackmore and Kevin Scott whilst fit-again Tony Gray partnered Paul Roberts upfront.  Gray was very much the central character of the afternoon as was Canaries 'keeper David Walsh who was outstanding.  
   Bangor might have gone ahead on five minutes when Les Davies controlled Simon Davies' cross for Tony Gray to force a good save from Walsh.  Then Clayton Blackmore, who enjoyed a fine afternoon on the right, picked up a crossfield ball from Paul Roberts but saw his long range shot palmed over for a corner.  Kevin Scott overhit the kick but moments later Les Davies drifted onto the edge of the box, controlled a high ball, before blasting a trademark left footer wide of the target.  
   Tony Gray then went close twice more, both times cutting in from the left and shooting right footed at Walsh's goal.  The first sped wide of the right post and the second resulted in a great save from the former Wrexham stopper.  On the quarter hour Clayton Blackmore deceived Walsh with a long range shot which bounced high and forced a second corner.  Tony Gray and Walsh soon resumed hostilities when the little striker forced a good fingertip save. On 23 minutes a fourth corner saw Les Davies menace at the back post before Marcus Orlick was relieved to concede another corner.
   On 25 minutes a cleanly hit pass from Mark Connolly found Paul Roberts on the left, but the Criccieth marksman fired wide when well placed.  The one way traffic halted briefly then as Clayton Blackmore's backpass hit a divot and avoided Richard Acton's attempted clearance but City's number one chased back and scrambled the ball out for a corner.
   City moved upfield and Clayton Blackmore once more had Walsh scrambling to clutch the ball, then Tony Gray was again thwarted by the Caernarfon keeper who palmed the ball wide and watched helplessly as Paul Roberts crashed the short range opening into the side netting.  When the home side did move forward Phil Baker and Eifion Jones defended soundly whilst Kevin Scott was also enjoying an impressive return on the left.  Until the 32nd minute that is, when former Witton striker Michael Bird caught him on the jaw with an elbow which did not catch referee Parry's attention.
   Caernarfon had their first chance of note on 35 mins when Robbie Williams sliced his effort well wide from twenty yards.  But it was soon back to the main even, Gray v Walsh, as City's number ten saw his clean strike well held before Eifon Jones stepped in with a good tackle on Lee Jones who had done little thus far.  The half ended with Wayne Phillips conceding a seventh corner with a panicky goal line clearance from Paul Roberts after good build up play involving Simon Davies and Kevin Scott on the left.
   How Bangor were not three or four goals up at half time was a mystery on David Walsh could solve.  But twelve shots on goal, including six from young striker Gray, alongside seven corners, had yielded nothing.  Christmas?  Humbug.
Half Time 0-0
   A half time change saw Gareth Williams replace Kevin Scott whose jaw had swollen during the interval.  The wind blowing the home side towards the social club end had strengthened and the rain was a touch heavier, but City still seemed the better side.  
   The first opening fell to Phil Baker whose shot was cleanly held by Walsh after a good left wing run from Gareth Williams.  Then Simon Davies got in behind the home side but his cross merely exposed the lack of blue shirts in the box.  However the Caernarfon defence failed to clear and substitute Gareth Williams lifted a snap shot over from the edge of the box.
   On 55 minutes Bangor finally went ahead.  Simon Davies collected a ball down the left flank off Paul Roberts who nutmegged Hobson.  The former Welsh International crossed to the back post where Les Davies continued his fine goalscoring form with a clean header.
   However catastrophe followed on 62 minutes as Phil Baker was adjudged to have fouled Lee Jones inside the Bangor box, referee Parry cheered the locals with a double whammy - red card and penalty.  Lee Jones stepped up to convert the spot kick with his first touch of the game.  The rain and wind strenthened and the home fans smelt blood.  Jones now seemed briefly revitalised and struck the upright with a clean drive before Richard Acton made a fine save at his near post from a close range shot.
   Les Davies was now operating upfront in a resuffled Bangor line up, and he wriggled free of the home defence but saw his shot cannon off the post and away to safety.  On 84 minutes Caernarfon won a freekick 30 yards out and Michael Bird, who previous contribution was to foul Scott, sent a well struck shot over Richard Acton into the roof of the Bangor net.
   Paul Roberts thought he had salvaged a point with a powerful run past Hobson and Phillips but he reckoned without the outstanding Walsh who again conceded a corner to keep his goal intact.  The kick came in but to no avail, a few minutes of injury time and the painful final whistle.  Daylight robbery?  Not entirely as it was dark by the final whistle, but Bangor deserved far better and were harshly treated by what is sometimes known as luck.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott,  Eifion Jones, Phil Baker, Simon Davies,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Frank Mottram, Gareth Williams, Morgan Jones
Caernarfon: Walsh, Phillips, Orlick, Chalk, Hobson, McNulty, Peters, Williams, Jones, Bird, Thomas
Subs:  Evans, Hogg, Redshaw

MoM Bangor City
Tony Gray
MoM Caernarfon
David Walsh
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

Saturday 18th December 2004
Llanelli 5 v 1 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Bereft of cover after a number of withdrawals, Bangor quite simply fell apart at Stebonheath as a series of schoolboy defensive errors gifted the home side goal after goal.
   With Clayton Blackmore unavailable and Kevin Scott again absent, this time due to work commitments, City were further handicapped by an injury to striker Tony Gray as he scored the equaliser at Carmarthen last weekend.  Added to which Morgan Jones pulled out due to illness on Saturday morning and former Everton youth star Craig Garside - who was not meant to be involved - had worked a night shift and could not be contacted at such short notice.
   Peter Davenport had little option but to play Chris Short and Peter Hoy as fullbacks and recall Frank Mottram alongside Paul Roberts.  It all seemed positive enough as City dominated the opening quarter and took the lead inside six minutes.  Peter Hoy had already blazed over from the left, when right side midfielder Mark Connolly crossed left footed for Les Davies to nod home at the back post with Llanelli keeper Gareth Williams well beaten.
   Jason Hislop went close for Llanelli but City moved forward again and Owain Jones danced through the home defence but saw Williams make a good low save from his cleanly hit shot.  On twenty minutes Frank Mottram backpeddled into the Llanelli box and headed over Williams but wide of the post. Then for no apparent reason the wheels well and truly came off as Llanelli struck twice inside a minute.  The first goal came after City gave the ball away in midfield, breezed past the blues defence and set up left winger Craig Williams who converted confidently from inside the box.
   City had scarcely kicked off before Llanelli captain Peter Cheesman found time and space on the right to beat Richard Acton from a tight angle of an almost unbelievable 2-1 lead.  Bangor bounced back as Owain Jones chased goalwards and forced another save from Williams.  From the resulting corner Peter Hoy shot wide after Chris Short returned the initial clearance.  Llanelli midfielder Neil Thomas took the eye as the home side began to show more composure and - strange as it may sound as they led 2-1 at the time - get a foothold in the match.
   However the Bangor defence now looked creaky to say the least and Llanelli hit the post before Simon Davies sliced wide from the edge of the box. Owain Jones continued to set the pace for Bangor and his mazey run should have yielded something but referee Thomas waved away penalty claims as the "too honest" youngster stayed on his feet when others might not have.  With five minutes to go to the interval Peter Hoy sent a long throw into the Llanelli box which Owain Jones headed downwards but Williams again saved well as the ball looked like sneaking in at the post.
   Both sides has one eye on the half time whistle when Peter Cheesman forced home a third goal after a good initial save from Richard Acton.  If 3-1 was a little harsh it was a cruel truth that Llanelli took their chances and Bangor defended with little conviction.
Half Time 31
   The second period, played in steady rain, still held plenty of hope for Bangor who must have felt that they could not have defender worst.  However things quickly went from bad to worst as Peter Hoy was adjudged to have handled the ball in his penalty area, a misdemeanour spotted by the linesman opposite the Jock Stein bar.  After brief consultation the stocky Paul Thomas brandished a red card (timed at 48 mins) and pointed to the penalty spot. There was some sense of justice when Richard Acton saved the spot kick but with Bangor down to ten men a comeback now seemed pie in the sky.
   For the next twenty minutes or so the then men did well, working hard to contain the eleven and create chances of their own.  Owain Jones led by example with a series of tackles and runs which kept alive hopes of an unlikely revival.  On one run he passed a couple of home defenders before finding the hard working Mark Connolly on the right but Llanelli scrambled the ball away.  Then the tall midfielder raced down the left and tried to pick out captain Paul Roberts with a pullback but Bird intervened and the chance disappeared.  On the hour Paul Friel replaced Les Davies who was clearly struggling on the left.
   On 75 minutes Llanelli went 4-1 up as Richard Acton failed to hold onto a cross and the ball fell invitingly for Martin Rose to prod home from close range.  With five minutes remaining Owain Jones again took the game to the reds with run on the right but his shot flashed off target, so too in the closing minutes his shot was held and finally substitute Paul Friel headed off target from six yards.  To rub salt in the wounds Llanelli snatched a fifth against the run of play as Kyle Shephard netted with a close range finish.
   There was no doubt that Llanelli deserved to win this game against a Bangor side who threw goals away like confetti, but on another day it might have been 4-4 had the chances gone in.  Full credit to the Stebonheath side and their new manager Nicky Tucker, the early season Eddie May inspired disaster side is now a thing of the past.  
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Chris Short, Eifion Jones, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Simon Davies,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Paul Friel,  Gary Parr, Huw Griffiths
Llanelli:  Williams, Street, Crabbe, Bird, Ashley, Hislop, Thomas, Shephard, Cheesman, Rose, Williams
Subs:  Guy, Bowden, Connor, Turner

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Llanelli
Neil Thomas
Match Referee
Paul Thomas

Saturday 11th December 2004
Carmarthen Town 3 v 3 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Bangor's unbeaten run continues but this was a more a case of two points dropped on a poor playing surface at Carmarthen.
   With the adjacent car park packed with TV wagons and vans, the Richmond Park groundsman came up with a unique contigency to give the playing surface a green hue.  This involved sprinkling grass cuttings on the bald areas, which were effectively both goalmouths and the centre circle.  Neither goalkeeper seemed particularly at ease with the net result which contributed to the six goals scored, City boss Peter Davenport was disappointed that his request to the match officials that this be removed fell on deaf ears.
   City began with Chris Short at right back and Clayton Blackmore on the left after Kevin Scott' non appearance.  Carmarthen featured former Barry Town defender Gary Lloyd at leftback with the bulky Eston Chiverton in central defence.  Lloyd announced his presence with a first minute foul on City's Mark Connolly before settling into his customary role of fourth official.  Whether he gets paid for these extra duties is unclear but his influence on the decisions made was evident throughout.  Carmarthen visibly stole 5-10 yards at every throw in and close to double that at freekicks.
   Bangor might have gone ahead inside two minutes when Tony Gray won a throw off Chiverton on the left.  Simon Davies played a neat one-two with Les Davies and crossed the back stick where Mark Connolly headed on target but without the power to trouble Tony Pennock.  However the home side hit back when the pacey Cotterall crossed from the left, the ball struck Dodds on this arm and side and rolled invitingly for Chris Summers who crashed home from eight yards.  Goal given.
   A minute later Tony Gray took the game to Carmarthen with a fine turn through two home defenders, referee Ray Ellingham playing a good advantage. His pass found Les Davies on the left, the big winger composed himself before crashing a rising drive against the left hand post with Pennock beaten all ends up.  On the quarter hour Tony Gray controlled the ball but saw his shot flash wide from outside the box.  City were well on top and an equaliser seemed likely.  It came on 18 mins when Mark Connolly launched a long high throw from the right, close to the corner flag.  The towering Owain Jones flicked on before the near post for Tony Gray to prod home unmarked from close range.
   Two minutes later City nearly again went close when Chris Short latched onto a clearance some 30 yards out after Pennock had punched away a free kick from Simon Davies.  Happily for the former Welsh Semi Professional stopper the ball again sped wide.  On 29 mins Bangor finally took the lead after Kevin Evans misjudged a high clearance and headed on for Les Davies and Mark Connolly to chase.  With the the ball drifting to the left Les Davies took control and steadied himself before driving home past Pennock despite Chiverton's late lunge.
   Moments later Mark Connolly found himself in space 15 yards out but his shot was comfortably held by Pennock. Five minutes before half time City's leftback Clayton Blackmore was rightly booked for a late tackle on Mark Dodds who is deployed on the right win by Carmarthen.  With half time looming City had two more good chances to take a clear advantage.  The first saw Pennock save well with his legs when Gray cut in from the left, then the hard working Martyn Giles did exeptionally well to slide in and block a powerful strike from Les Davies from much the same position.
Half Time 2-1
   If City had dominated the majority of the first half, the second was a different story.  
   For no apparent reason City seemed unable to clear the ball into the opposition half, and when it did arrive Paul Roberts and Tony Gray struggled to make it stick.  On the hour Mark Dodds went close with a header before on 62 mins the scores were level.  Gary Lloyd took a freekick from the right, some twenty yards from the half way line.  The swerving delivery tempted Richard Acton to punch which he did effectivley enough, but Smothers was able to return to the edge of the box, Owain Jones stopped momentarily as a boot arrived in his face, referee Ellingham adjuded the young midfielder to have ducked into the bouncing ball.  Eston Chiverton hooked the ball into the box for Chris Summers who had found a space behind Phil Baker and in front of Peter Hoy to score with ease from ten yards.
   Minutes later Cotterall again caused problems on the left, Lima directed goalwards and Richard Acton did well to survive a spiteful bounce off the unpredictable surface.  Smothers was yellow carded for a foul on Owain Jones who has trying to galvanise the Bangor midfield.  The resulting freekick was dropped by Pennock but Paul Roberts lofted his effort well over.  
   On 68 mins Carmarthen went ahead after Les Davies had fouled Kevin Evans on the right.  Set piece specialist Gary Lloyd again delivered a high ball which skimmed Peter Hoy's head before taking the faintest touch of Martyn Giles who swept in from the left.  His joy was short lived as he remove his shirt to celebrate and had to be yellow carded. Chris Summers then had a shot blocked by Peter Hoy who slid in from the right, referee Ellingham turning aside an ambitious penalty appeal.
   Manager Peter Davenport responded by sending on Paul Friel in place of goalscorer Les Davies, with Simon Davies moving to the left flank.  Then Eifion Jones replaced Chris Short who had endured a difficult afternoon against the pacey Cotterall.  The Irishman quickly made his presence felt with a number of tackles around the midfield area.
   With seven minutes remaining Bangor drew level and should have gone on to win the game.  Tony Gray chased a long through ball which bounced behind the Carmarthen centrebacks, left back Lloyd played him onside.  With Giles about to deal with the danger, Lloyd inexplicably charged into his team mate to leave the grateful Tony Gray with Pennock to beat - which he duly did - for a calmly taken equaliser.  To the joy of the visiting contingent behind Pennocks' goal?  Just a bit, all the sweeter given the smug Lloyd's involvement.
   However Tony Gray promptly limped off to be replaced by Frank Mottram whilst Carmarthen sent on Aspell for Dodds.  Then Paul Roberts took centre stage with two efforts which might have turned the game.  The first on 90 minutes forced a good save from Pennock, the resulting corner was cleared as a home defender lay injured in the box.  After a brief stoppage the ball was returned to Carmarthen by the corner flag, but the throw in typified the afternoon's proceedings at was taken twice, the second from 15-20 yards up the pitch.
   Finally Paul Roberts again sought a winner, beat the same two desperate defenders twice on the edge of the box, twisting and turning, before shooting left footed beyond Pennocks' despairing dive but against the outside of the post.  A draw a fair result, possibly, although had both teams taken their chances Bangor would have won something like 8-5!
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Chris Short, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Simon Davies,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Paul Friel,  Eifion Jones, Frank Mottram, Morgan Jones
Carmarthen: Pennock,  Evans, Lloyd, Giles, Chiverton, Smothers, Dodds, Hardy, Lima, Summers, Cotterall
Subs:  Aspell, Burke, Kenneddy

MoM Bangor City
Tony Gray
MoM Carmarthen
Martyn Giles
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

Tuesday 7th December 2004
Bangor City 4 v 2 Aberystwyth 
The Welsh Premier
   Aber 'keeper Lewis Solly scarcely enjoyed his second visit of the season to Farrar Road as The Seasiders suffered the same result as his previous club Welshpool had done in August.  
   City replaced the injured Paul Friel with former Manchester United midfielder Simon Davies with Les Davies retaining his left wing berth, the rest of the squad was that which had beaten Airbus on Saturday.  But it was the visitors who were fastest out of the blocks and newcomer Paul Moore hit the woodwork from 20 yards before many supporters had taken their seats.  Bangor bounced back through Kevin Scott who enjoyed a productive first half on the left, his thirty yarder eventually finishing well wide of Solly's goal and crashing into the Farrar End.
   A foul by Morgan on Tony Gray yielded a freekick which Clayton Blackmore delivered, Solly flapped and then clutched nervously as Owain Jones could only shin his goalbound effort.  On 15 mins the visitors went ahead as Aneurin Thomas' long range freekick deflected past Richard Acton into the net to the delight of half a dozen noisy Aber fans who opted to taunt Phil Baker along the lines of "Baker whats the score?"
   This served as a wake up call for Bangor who, driven on by the towering Owain Jones, saw Solly save well from Kevin Scott with the follow up from Jones deflected wide for a corner.  Second and third corners followed which Les Davies got his head to but failed to direct on target.  Midway through the half Owain Jones charged through the middle of the visitors midfield but hsi through ball just evaded Tony Gray.
   Mark Connolly produced a neat header over Glyndwr Hughes on the right and chased goalwards but his firm left footer span off target. Paul Roberts headed wide from another Clayton Blackmore freekick.  Solly then sliced a clearance which Paul Roberts gathered but again missed the target, this time from the right.  With Bangor fans starting to contemplate the worse, the taunted former Aber defender had his moment.
   On 33 mins Clayton Blackmore sent a freekick into the Aber box which Solly fumbled.  Owain Jones shot on target little Bari Morgan cleared off the line but only as far as the lurking Phil Baker who crashed home from six yards.  No more taunting.  Five minutes later City had the lead.  Owain Jones was now dominating the middle and his crossfield ball picked out Paul Roberts on the right, with only Aneurin Thomas for company.  Bangor's top scorer ran at - and then flatfooted - the backpeddling defender before beating Solly with a fierce left footed drive from ten yards.
   It should really have been 3-1 at the interval but some heroic defending and maverick goalkeeping somehow kept out efforts from mark Connolly and Owain Jones before Kevin Parry whistled for half time.
Half Time 2-1
   The second half opened with a corner for the visitors which Peter Hoy headed clear, then a brief stoppage as Phil Baker poleaxed Bari Morgan with a powerful shot thirty yards out.  Les Davies charged down the left, beat Evans comfortably, but his low cross failed to find a willing boot.  Aber were defending with courage and conviction and seemed on course to keep the scoring down.
   On 55 mins Mark Connolly rattled the crossbar with a powerful header from Kevin Scott's cross.  City's right sided midfielder then had to be alert to clear from Moore as the game swung end to end.  By the 67th minute when Owen Thomas replaced the hapless Evans City had forced a total of six corners and appeared to be heading for a home win.
   But the nagging suspicion that there was a sting in the tail persisted, and when Paul Roberts' overhead kick flew high over the bar, the feeling grew. With twenty minutes to go Clayton Blackmore shot well over after good approach play from Les Davies and Simon Davies on the left.  Referee Parry is seldom out of the action and his yellow card against Owain Jones on 71 minutes was harsh to say the least.  Aber then stole the initiative and Clayton Blackmore was responsibile for a goalline clearance as Richard Acton failed to deal with a high centre.
   Referee Parry's inconsistency then surfaced as he allowed Bari Morgan's cynical foul - on top of several others - on Tony Gray to go unpunished.  On 78 mins home fans thought the match was won as the lead stretched to 3-1.  Simon Davies powered onto the edge of the box, won a couple of 50-50 challenges before looking up to find the ever available Owain Jones who picked his corner and beat Solly with ease from ten yards.
   Tony Gray then chased a high ball from Mark Connolly but Solly got their first.  Then calamity.  Paul Moore chased a long ball down the middle, ran to the right and beat Peter Hoy to drive across Richard Acton and see his effort go in off the post.  Home nerves were jangling.  With five mins to go the visitors sent on Mark Gornall for Gari Lewis.  Two minutes later the referee yellow carded Les Davies for an inoffensive trip on Hughes.
   City tried and failed to kill time by keeping the ball in the corner, Peter Hoy charged down the right wing to alleviate the pressure, but lost the ball. However with less than a minute remaining the long striding Owain Jones raced 50 yards down the right touchline and boomed over a superb cross which landed at the feel to Tony Gray.  The young striker's control was good and finish even better with Solly again beaten by a low drive.
   A couple of minutes of injury time began with Frank Mottram replacing Les Davies before Parry got something right with a loud blast that left the home fans happy and three more points in the bag.  A word for Owain Jones.  Outstanding.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Simon Davies,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Eifion Jones, Frank Mottram, Ben Olivilvy
Aber:  Solly, Evans, Burrows, Thomas, James, Lewis, Hughes, Morgan, Moore, Allen, Hinton-Jones
Subs:  O.Thomas, Gornall,

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Aber
Paul Moore
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

Saturday 4th December 2004
Bangor City 5 v 0 Airbus UK
The Welsh Premier
   A brace of goals from twenty year old Les Davies led City to a convincing win over The Planemakers at Farrar Road yesterday.
   The team news saw Simon Davies absent with a neck injury and Clayton Blackmore re-instated at rightback in place of Chris Short who took a place on the bench.  City went for a quartet of twenty year olds across the midfield which read - right to left - Mark Connolly, Paul Friel, Owain Jones, and last but not least Les Davies.
   After a bright start, which tested Richard Acton, the visitors were nearly behind on four minutes when Kevin Scott caused confusion with a long throw from the left which was cleared as to Clayton Blackmore whose twenty yarder sped just over Paul Whitfield's crossbar.  A minute later his luck ran out.  The much improved Mark Connolly pounced on a loose ball on the right touchline to fire over a cross which Paul Roberts headed home emphatically with the "home coming" keeper rooted to the spot.
   City's young midfielder were in command, Owain Jones and Paul Friel to the fore, and it was no surprise when they were involved again on ten minutes when the tall youngster doubled the advantage.  Another twenty year old Tony Gray unhinged the 'bus defence with a run and shot which Whitfield did well to parry for a corner.  This was cleared to Mark Connolly who fed Clayton Blackmore, his shot was deflected to Owain Jones whose close range finish took his season's tally into double figures.
   Whitfield again saved well from Gray before Richard Acton pulled off a full stretch save from former Connahs Quay fullback Steve Hopkins' freekick. But on twenty minutes the lead stretched beyond the visitors.  Tony Gray crossed from the right for Les Davies to head home at the back post with only the Farrar Road faithful for company.
   Minutes later thirty three year old former Bangor fullback Neil Rigby hit the post with a long range freekick and then fired over from outside the box as City struggled to clear.  On the half hour the commanding Owain Jones ran through the heart of the Airbus defence but fired over, then Craig Williams, brother of City winger Gareth, headed over from five yards after a flick on by James McIntosh.
   However on 34 minutes Mark Connolly continued his impressive form with a clean cross from the right which Les Davies nodded in, following good work from Owain Jones and a blocked goalbound effort from Paul Roberts.  The half time whistle could not come soon enough for Rob Lythe as his beleagured Airbus side, whilst the blue shirted Bangor side left the field to a warm ovation.
Half Time 4-0
   As City took to the field for the second half Frank Mottram came off the bench to replace Mark Connolly who had limped off ealier, the re-shuffle saw Tony Gray move to the right wing and Mottram line up alongside fellow builder Paul Roberts.
   Five minutes after the restart Richard Acton saved well from lanky left winger Richard Smart, then Craig Williams shot over from 25 yards out.  City replied as Frank Mottram span and fired goalwards from close range but Whitfield saved well.  On 57 mins Simon Andrews replaced Quirk who looked out on his feet.  Two minutes later it was five nil.  Kevin Scott took a pass from Paul Roberts on the left of goal, shot across Whitfield who could only palm the ball to Frank Mottram who had anticipated just that and slotted home from the right to mark his return the side.
   On 62 mins a moment in time as 16 year old Ben Olgilvy replaced Owain Jones who left the field to warm applause.  The 16 year old settled it a leftback with Kevin Scott joining the tireless Paul Friel in midfield.  A minute later Eifion Jones replaced Clayton Blackmore.  City's 16 year old leftpeg was soon into the action as Les Davies' clever pass invited a forward run which resulted in a fine cross which the visitors scrambled away.
   On 65 mins the towering Stephen Hughes replaced Craig Williams, then Phil Baker took a couple of freekicks on the half way line in front of the City dugout.  The first was headed partly clear by Tina Mutanha but Tony Gray smashed the loose ball over from 20 yards.  The second found Les Davies but his hatrick celebrations were frustrated as his header drifted wide.
   With fifteen minutes remaining Danny Andrews came on for Rigby.  City then put together a well crafted move which involved Ben Olgilvy and ended as Tony Gray firing over the visitors bar.  Simon Andrews then sent a firm header goalwards but Richard Acton was alert to the danger and conceded a corner as the ball looked to dip in under the bar.  As time ran out Les Davies passed to Frank Mottram who duly set up Tony Gray but Whitfield saved comfortably.  The final moment of danger for the visitors came into injury time as Paul Roberts fired across goal from the right but with no one able to get a telling touch.
   Credit to Airbus who kept playing and never resorted to rough house tactics, and to Richard Acton whose concentration ensured a clean sheet.  But this afternoon belonged to the youngsters, none more so than two goal Les Davies and 16 year old Ben Olgilvy who must have enjoyed his debut.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker,  Paul Friel,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Eifion Jones, Frank Mottram, Ben Olivilvy
Airbus:  Whitfield, Rigby, Hopkins, Dodd, Davies, Mutanha, Jones, Quirk, Williams, McIntosh, Smart
Subs: S.Andrews, Hughes, D.Andrews

MoM Bangor City
Mark Connolly
MoM Airbus UK
Neil Rigby
Match Referee
Simon Jones

Saturday 27th November  2004
Caersws 2 v 2 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
   Bangor concluded a difficult month of fixtures with a trip to Caersws and were grateful to emerge with a share of the spoils after a lack lustre performance which spoke volumes for the absence of Clayton Blackmore.  The veteran defender was suspended after reaching five yellow cards; without him City lacked composure and guile and were suckered into a high tempo game which inevitably suited the local experts.
   After a fairly indifferent opening quarter hour the game sprang to life when Owain Jones was forced clear after a deep cross from the Bluebirds right, then Phil Baker found Owain Jones on the edge of the box. His header was collected by Paul Roberts who reached the byline to set up Tony Gray but his near post flick went the wrong side of the post from two yards.  
   However on 24 minutes City went ahead.  A smart pass from Mark Connolly opened up the home defence for Owain Jones to sidestep Howells and place the ball low to Mulliner's right.  The former City 'keeper managed to get a hand on the shot but the sight of City supporter Matt Shooman leaping first amongst the Bangor fans behind the goal confirmed that the end result was a goal!
   Mulliner denied City a second with a low acrobatic save from Andy Thomas after the defender tried to head out for a corner following a dangerous cross from Mark Connolly on the right. Next Tony Gray cut in from the right but his shot was blocked on the six yard line.  Caersws took heart from a corner from the left footed Jehu which was headed on target by Colin Reynolds but to his dismay it hit the upright and ran to safety.
   The half time whistle saw City with the solitary goal advantage, the dismal weather and disjointed performance doing little to warm the hearts or hands of the travelling City contingent.  And the ceaseless drizzle wrapped itself around "the rec" like a head cold....
Half Time 1-0
   Barely had the second half got underway than Caersws drew level thanks to a wonder strike from Andy Thomas, but they might have fallen further behind as Tony Gray tested Mulliner with a firm shot from the right.  The half time replacement for the home side was young Neil Mitchell, and it was his initial break down the right which Peter Hoy partly stopped, Owain Jones just about cleared and the tigerish Paul Friel did not quiet manage to, which resulted in Andy Thomas lashing at the ball some 25 yards out in front of goal.  Richard Acton took off but to his astonishment the missile passed him on its way to the top right hand corner for a fantastic leveller.
   On 59 minutes the home side went ahead despite loud appeals for offside.  Inevitably it was Graham Evans on the left who got the nod from the linesman on the open side to lob Richard Acton from the edge of the box.  Despite the best efforts of leftback Kevin Scott the ball struck the far post and rebounded into the net.  Manager Peter Davenport was furious and the entire Bangor bench - even a handful of neutrals - called for the official to wave his flag but to no avail.
   The pacey Tony Gray was causing problems for the home defence and when Paul Roberts slipped his marker on the half way line to release the twenty year old the prospects looked good.  However Andy Thomas was again to the fore with a well timed block which resulted in corner on the right.  With about twenty minutes to go Les Davies replaced Simon Davies who had been yellow carded for contesting a decision by the linesman.
   On 73 minutes Bangor were level.  Tony Gray collected the ball on the right, just infront of the home dugout.  With Les Davies on the penalty spot waiting for the cross Gray switched the ball to his left foot and bamboozled Geraint Lewis who headed home emphatically beyond his despairing keeper.
   As time ran out young Caersw sub Mitchell threw a blatant dive to try and win a penalty, then Paul Roberts booted Mark Howells and earned a yellow card in an incident which provoked a bit of handbags in front of the home dugout once more.  It was alll quickly under control as Owain Jones amongst the Bangor players aided Referee Ellingham, and after a late chance for the home side the whistle went.  A draw about right, and without wishing to sound too partisan, a point earned despite a very unimpressive performance by the visitors.  Come on Clayton we need you!
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Chris Short,  Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones,  Paul Friel,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Eifion Jones, Les Davies, Morgan Jones, Ben Olgilvy
Caersws:  Mulliner, Thomas, Jehu, Reynolds, Howells, Lewis, Venables, Marfell, Evans, Jones, Davies
Subs:  Probert, Mitchell, Lewis

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Caersws
Andy Thomas
Match Referee
Ray Ellingham

Friday 19th November  2004
Bangor City 2 v 1 Rhyl
The Welsh Premier
   With injured pair Phil Baker and Frank Mottram watching from the stand it would need good displays from centrebacks Peter Hoy & Eifion Jones plus young striker Tony Gray if City were to overcome title contenders Rhyl.  That was just what they delivered, with a touch of class added by the evergreen Clayton Blackmore who was head and shoulders above his energetic opponents.
   City might have stolen the lead inside five minutes when Clayton Blackmore found Paul Roberts on the edge of the box but his left footer was turned away for a corner instead.  With a noisy Rhyl contingent behind the St Pauls goal the visitors forced five corners in a row and pulled the best out of City's tall goalkeeper Richard Acton and might have resulted in a goal had Lee Hunt reacted to a ball which fizzed past him at head height.
   However midway through the half, with the Farrar End still filling, Paul Roberts set up Paul Friel but the young midfielder's left footer was comfortably held by visting keeper Paul Smith.  Moments later indecision in the visitors defence allowed Tony Gray to chase a Simon Davies through ball but a clean hoof cleared the danger.  Rhyl replied with a long range effort from Gareth Wilson which dipped and landed on the Bangor 'bar with Richard Acton happy to pounce on the loose ball seconds later.
   On 28 mins City had the lead.  Owain Jones saw his cross from the right cleared by Timmy Edwards but the ball dropped to Clayton Blackmore whose instant control and precision cross over the big defender left Paul Roberts clear to head down and beyond the despairing Smith to the delight of the home crowd in the Farrar End.
   Peter Hoy then had to be alert to clear form a sixth Rhyl corner but as the game swept end to end Simon Davies crossed to Paul Roberts but his header was deflected behind for a Bangor cornerkick which came to nothing.  Rhyl charged to the St Pauls End but were denied by Clayton Blackmore, City attacked but Tony Gray was clearly offside when Paul Roberts passed to him, then Hoy cleared again as Adamson's menacing cross threatened.
   Bangor finished strongly with a flurry of corner kicks as both Owain Jones and Tony Gray went close although Mark Connolly had to clear as the visitors threatened.  Simon Davies latched onto a goalline header from Brewerton to force a superb save from Smith who leapt to his left to push the ball over his crossbar.  On the stroke of half time Owain Jones raced through the midfield and fired goalwards to force a decent save from Smith.
Half Time 1-0
   The opening ten minutes shaped the second half and ultimately decided the final outcome of the match.  It all started normally enough as Tony Gray shot over from the right and Rhyl cleared another attack from the left.  Then inexplicably Gareth Wilson kicked out at Paul Friel directly in front of the old clubhouse and after brief deliberation Brian Lawler showed him the red card.
   City had the initiative and went in search of a second goal.  First Kevin Scott ventured forward and shot fiercely from the left but Smith held cleanly at the near post.  Rhyl struck back and Peter Hoy was on hand to deny Peter Smith as the former Newtown striker ran in on goal.  And then a strange incident which set in action a chain of events that backfired on the spiteful Limbert.  Peter Smith played the ball in from the right and the former Colwyn Bay midfielder had to jump to evade a lunge from Peter Hoy.  Referee Lawler awarded the kick as Limbert purposefully stopped and looked at the Holyhead official who yellow carded the Bangor number four.  Paul Friel stood infront and slapped at the ball Limbert was holding, waiting to take the free kick.  The Rhyl midfielder reacted by throwing the ball into his face at close range, to the amusement of Paul Roberts who observed that the linesman in front of the mainstand had seen the offence.  He duly summoned Brian Lawler, described the incident, and watched as Limbert received the red card due.    Rhyl boss John Hulse then re-acted angrily and unleashed a verbal volley at the linesman who promptly summoned the referee who in flashed the red plastic at the disgruntled Lilywhites manager.  There was then an element of pure farce as Hulse took up residence directly behind the visitors dugout, a position he occupied for the remainder of the match.  By this time Paul Friel had also been cautioned.
   The match got  underway once more with Paul Roberts going close after good approach play from Tony Gray and then substitute Mark Powell - who had replaced winger Kenny Burgess - fired across City's goal.  On 67 mins Les Davies ran on to replace Paul Friel who had been in the thick of things throughout, with a mandate to hog the left touchline and stretch the nine men.  But on 72 mins it all went horribly wrong as resurgent Rhyl, roared on by their voiciferous following, equalised as Stuart Graves controlled a pass from Lee Hunt to fire right footed past Richard Acton from the right.
   Home fans must have feared the worst as Bangor struggled to cope with the depleted visitors, with Adamson and Edwards to the fore,  and voiced their concerns on 80 mins as Lee Hunt joined the names in the book for a trip on Les Davies on the half way line.  Peter Smith duly attracted ribald comments and suggestions as he was replaced by Lee Atherton.  A minute later though the mood changed as City grabbed what proved to be the crucial winner.   Clayton Blackmore passed to Mark Connolly on the right.  He sent over a swirling left footed cross which the lanky Stones tried to head clear but was then astonished as the ball span and bounced back over his shoulder and into the box.  Paul Roberts pounced on the loose ball to the left of goal, shot to the back post where Tony Gray emerged to slide the ball home from close range.
   Rhyl sent Chris McGinn on for goalscorer Groves but despite the general feeling of anxiety it was City who carved the late chances, with the hard working Mark Connolly going close twice, Tony Gray forcing a good save from Smith and finally Chris Short making an appearance five minutes into stoppage time in place of Connolly.  At last the whistle blew and City fans celebrated a hard earned win over the battling visitors who were left to rue their indiscipline and gamesmanship.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Eifion Jones,  Paul Friel,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Les Davies, Chris Short,  Morgan Jones, Ben Olgilvy
Rhyl:  Smith, Brewerton, Stones, Burgess, Edwards, Graves, Wilson, Limbert, Hunt, Smith, Adamson
Subs:  McGinn, Powell, Atherton

MoM Bangor City
Clayton Blackmore
MoM Rhyl
Chris Adamson
Match Referee
Brian Lawler

Tuesday 9th November 2004
Bangor City 3 v 0 Connahs Quay
  Bangor reached the quarter finals of the Premier Cup with a comprehensive defeat of dogged Connahs Quay.
  Manager Peter Davenport solved the selection dilemma caused by the absence of Frank Mottram (injured) and Tony Gray (working) by sending young winger Les Davies into the frontline with Paul Roberts and re-introducing Paul Friel in centre midfield.  In the continued absence of Eifion Jones the pacey Peter Hoy again partnered Phil Baker.
  City had chances to open the scoring in the opening ten minutes.  Kevin Scott sent a long throw into the Nomads box which ended up in former Bangor keeper Craig Bryan clutching a goalbound effort from Les Davies.  Bryan was busy as Paul Roberts, who looked vaguely out of sorts all evening, forced a good save which Mark Connolly gathered and slipped back to Les Davies but the young keeper held his effort.  City goalkeeper Richard Acton was then called into action when a deep cross from Jon Kenworthy on the right was handled confidently.
   Owain Jones saw his header held by Bryan on the quarter hour mark before the visitors enjoyed their best period of the game.  With Gareth Owen and Craig Hutchinson effective in midfield, and Tommy Mutton running to good effect, Phil Baker and Peter Hoy were pressed into action more than their goalkeeper.  On the half hour a clearance by Acton found Les Davies whose flick set Paul Roberts goalwards but Horan capitalised on his momentary indecision and the chance was gone.
   Moments later a real escape for City as former Cefn United striker Darren Williams launched himself at a header which bounced down and then up and over the empty goal.  Richard Acton was then forced into a good save at full stretch to deny Kenworthy before City finally took the lead.  On 32 mins a late challenge by George Horan on Paul Roberts was penalised by referee Lawler with a freekick 30 yards out in front of goal.  Clayton Blackmore's free kick was punched out by Bryan but Paul Friel prodded the ball back into the box and Owain Jones swivelled to find the net from ten yards.  On 34 mins with the visitors defence clearly unsettled a determined run by Mark Connolly who chased a through ball from Paul Roberts forced a mistake from Bryan which saw the ball apparently running out for a corner.  The young midfielder chased, caught its progress on the goalline and calmly walked the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.
   The niggly Ben Heath then struck a firm response for the visitors but City came back with a move involving the impressive Kevin Scott on the left.  He in turn supplied Paul Friel, on to Simon Davies on the left, his first time centre - outside of the foot - was flicked by Owain Jones but the spin on the delivery beat the right hand post with Bryan reduced to the role of spectator.
Half Time 2-0
   Nomads manager Nev Powell withdrew rightback Holmes in favour of midfielder Andy Griffiths but his first involvement was to watch a superb long clearance by Richard Acton which encouraged Mark Connolly to race down the right but - with a rush of blood - the youngster shot over.  Midfielder Craig Hutchinson earned his customary yellow card on 55 mins for another foul before Kevin Scott sent a hard and low freekick which Les Davies met but lifted over.  Enraged by a series of niggly fouls from the lightweight Health, the Maesgeirchen winger wound himself up for an impressive second half performance.  If he one could turn up at every City game to annoy Big Les he would be very welcome!
   On 55 mins substitute Griffiths opted to foul Les Davies after a brilliant turn on the half way line left three Nomads reeling in his wake.  On the hour both sides made changes.  Connahs Quay introduced the menacing Stuart Rain for Hutchinson whilst Peter Davenport withdrew a tiring Paul Friel for recent recruit Craig Garside.  The former Everton youngster quickly settled in alongside Owain Jones in midfield as Bangor continued to attack, Mark Connolly shooting at goal after Kevin Scott and then Simon Davies had switched play from the right.
   On the hour mark City settled the tie from their fourth corner of the evening.  Clayton Blackmore's impeccable delivery created uncertainty, Bryan flapped as Les Davies headed onto Owain Jones at the back post for a simple header home.  Minutes later Paul Roberts raced clear but dragged the shot wide of the righthand post.  The petty Heath then threw the ball straight at Les Davies who stood to block a throw in, referee Lawler contented himself with a warning that he might face an uncomfortable day back at school in the morning.
   Kenworthy shot wide, Jellicoe was booked for yet another foul on Les Davies who was now running on a full head of steam, and George Horan left the field for stitched to a facial wound.  Les Davies then span past two bemused Nomads by the left hand corner flag to fire in a powerful cross which nearly brought Owain Jones his hatrick but not quite.  With fifteen minutes remaining Mark Connolly headed over after a telling cross from Blackmore then former Wrexham midfielder Gareth Owen became the fifth name in the book following a dim challenge on Connolly.
   With ten minutes to go Chris Short replaced Owain Jones, City forced a couple of corners and the promising Garside ran through the heart of the Nomads defence, the ball ran to Paul Roberts via Les Davies but his shot sped wide.  A seventh corner on the left won by Peter Hoy after a buckaneering run and shot reminscent of the late Emlyn Hughes, an eighth but to no avail - then referee Lawler blew to confirm a convincing win which heralds a home tie in the quarter final stages.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott,  Peter Hoy,  Phil Baker, Les Davies, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Paul Friel, Simon Davi
es.  Subs:  Chris Short,  Morgan Jones, Craig Garside, Richard Owen, Garry Parr
Connahs Quay:  Bryan, Holmes, Heath, Hutchinson, Horan, Jellicoe, C.Williams, Mutton, D.Williams, Kenworthy, Owen
Subs:  Terry, Rain, Griffiths, Mazzarella, Cornes
MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones  
Match Referee
B Lawler

7 November 2004
Dinas Powys 2 v 3 Bangor City
  City progressed to the Welsh Cup Fourth Round on an autumnal afternoon in the Vale of Glamorgan to the disappointment of a sizeabe crowd who had evdiently hoped to witness an upset.
  The compact Murch Community Centre ground was packed with travelling City supporters, home fans, Cardiff followers intent on baiting Bangor's rightback and a good number of ground hoppers from as far afield as Leicester and Wolverhampton.  Despite a good deal of possession in the opening quarter Bangor failed to trouble home goalkeeper Billy Clarke who must rank as one the shortest custodian's to face Cty in recent years.  Kevin Scott, the normally reliable Paul Roberts and the hard working Peter Hoy all sent efforts off target early on.  Paul Roberts caused uncertainty in the home defence with a strong run from the half way line but Tony Gray also failed to find the target from outside the box.
  The against the run of play Dinas Powys went ahead on 26 minutes when Jamie Dix saw his shot deflected off Peter Hoy and beyond Richard Acton. The crowd rose to acclaim the goal with the whiff of upset in the air but within a minute Bangor were level.  A high lofted header from Paul Roberts fell on top of the diminutive Clarke, and with Les Davies towering above him the ball ended up in the goal.  Initial suggestions that Les Davies go the final touch were played down by the big winger so the goal legally belongs to City's leading scorer.
  No sooner the kick off than, on 29 minutes, Bangor were ahead.  A cross from Les Davies on the left led to a Mark Connolly header which, for no apparent reason, Clarke seemed to watch bounce past him into the net!  The upset mongers were silenced and the travelling blue contingent markedly happier!
  The outstanding player for the home side was Nathan Hosgood whose running and close control were creating problems for the visitors.  For City the defensive pairing of Peter Hoy and Phil Baker stood firm with the former Tranmere man looking calm and composed at all times.  The final act of the first hald was a handball decision against Paul Roberts in the attacking third and a header from Les Davies which flew off target.
Half Time 1-2
  Two early incident in the second period fortold of the forty five minutes to come.  Paul Roberts ran down the right wing before crossing into the path of Owain Jones who failed to make contact, then Richard Acton had to be alert to save at the feet of the inrushing Jamie Dix who was a thorn in the side throughout.
  Tony Gray forced a good save from Clarke with a cleanly hit twenty yarder before the new striker increased City's lead on the hour.  Simon Davies gathered the ball close to the right hand corner flag, ran along the deadlball line before crossing to Tony Gray who headed home firmly from eight yards. There then followed a break in play when Phil Baker received treatment for a nose injury which forced him off the pitch.
  With around 20 minutes remaining Chris Short replaced Les Davies as Dinas Powys forced a couple of corners.  Short emerged with the ball on the right, charged forward before finding Owain Jones whose cleanly hit shot was held by Clarke who overall had played quite well.  With fifteen minutes to go Frank Mottram came on for Paul Roberts and he played his part in a goal mouth melee which saw a close range shot from goalscorer Gary blocked.
  On 80 minutes Dinas Powys reduced the deficit with a goal from substitute Spencer Lamb despite Richard Acton's efforts to stop the ball from crossing the line at close quarters.  Owain Jones went close for City again in the closing stages, Morgan Jones replaced Simon Davies, and Ray Ellingham blew for time with a 3-2 scoreline enough to take City through but see heads held high amongst the Dinas Powys camp.
  This was never a classic but City did enough to win and now look forward to a date with TNS in February in the last sixteen.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Peter Hoy, Phil Baker, Les Davies, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Simon Davi
es   Subs:  Chris Short, Frank Mottram, Morgan Jones
Dinas Powys:  Clarke, Foate, Hemmens, Piotroswski, Drew, Bettles, Dix, Davies, Lewis, Vick, Hosgood
Subs:  Lamb, Harries, Light

MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
MoM Dinas Powys
Nathan Hosgood
Match Referee
R Ellingham

30 October 2004
TNS 1 v 1 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  Two of the top sides in the Welsh Premiership went head to head at Treflan in a game which had just about everything, including perhaps a fair outcome as one time Bangor favourite Marc Lloyd Williams missed a late penalty.
  Pre match news - and a cursory glance around the pitch - confirmed that City's injured quartet were passed fit, although Paul Friel watched from the dugout whilst Eifion Jones shared news of his x-ray with City supporters around the ground.  The home side were without the left footed pair Nicky Ward and John Lawless for a match controlled by Edinburgh official Callum Murray whose presence, monitored by Roger Gifford, heralded a ground breaking exchange agreement between the FAW and SFA.
  The opening exchanges saw both side force corners, big Steve Evans fail to convert a Martin Naylor cross and Owain Jones head wide for City.  On twenty minutes a second Bangor corner came after Les Davies chased a deft pass from Simon Davies, enjoying his involvement in centre midfield.  The kick was taken by Clayton Blackmore who moments later saw his shot blocked before Tony Gray span past Steve Evans to shoot low and hard at the near post but Doherty saved well.
  When TNS threatened the new centreback pairing of Eifon Jones and Phil Baker stood firm, whilst Kevin Scott worked hard to fill the gap left by the unavailable Gareth Evans.  Phil Baker had to work overtime to deny Lloyd Williams before a City went ahead with a fantastic goal.  Richard Acton called for and gathered a high ball in his box before bowling the ball out to Les Davies on the left.  His pass upfield found Tony Gray who unleashed a swerving dipping thunderbolt which cleared the despairing Doherty and crashed into the net for his second goal for City on 27 minutes.
  The response from Ken McKenna's side was almost immediate.  A deep cross from the right found Jamie Wood who steered the ball in near post for the lurking Marc Lloyd Williams to head home firmly from five yards out despite the best efforts of Peter Hoy, this on 33 mins.  City forced a third corner of the afternoon as Paul Roberts saw his effort blocked, then Les Davies' fifteen yarder lacked its usual venom.  Tony Gray also fired wide, then five minutes before the interval Kevin Scott saw his freekick held by Doherty who was defying the nerve jangling barracking of the noisy City gang.
  As time ran out Mike Wilde forced a neat take from Richard Acton who seems to have made the goalkeeper's jersey his own, then both Chris King and Marc Lloyd Williams shot off target for the Greens.
Half Time 1-1
  Would the full timers make their better fitness pay?  Would Jiws strike again, or Frank Mottram come off the bench to stun the Saints?  The answers gradually unfolded as TNS wasted an early corner before Doherty had to scramble to save from Clayton Blackmore.  Then Richard Acton showed good decision making to punch clear before Marc Lloyd Williams headed over from six yards after a good cross from Tommy Holmes.
  On 64 mins the first substitute of the afternoon saw the much vaunted Beck withdrawn in favour of Barry Hogan.  Then Tony Gray did well to gather the ball on the right but Mark Connolly headed over from the edge of the six yards area.  Saints striker Mike Wilde thought he had scored but Peter Hoy cleared, John Toner replaced Martin Naylor, and on 74 mins Frank Mottram strode on in place of Les Davies who had done well on his return to the City side.
  With around a quarter of an hour remaining City won a corner but might have gained a more worthwhile reward.  Paul Roberts turned and ran at the home defence with Tony Gray for company on the left, before cutting across Steve Evans to shoot hard and low at Doherty's goal.  The 'keeper saved well but the loose ball ran out tantalisingly close to Frank Mottram but the towering Aggrey stretched to prod the ball out of play.  TNS struck back but Phil Baker again put the shackles on Lloyd Williams before disaster struck on 86 mins.
  TNS won a corner on their left which - inexplicably - Peter Hoy opted to punch clear.  Referee Murray consulted with his assistant before confirming the penalty kick which was quickly gathered by Lloyd Williams.  The ginger striker stepped up and placed his kick to the 'keeper's right but he reckoned without the intervention of Richard Acton who guessed right and saved comfortably before punching the air in delight.
  And that was about it, or not quite.  There was still time for Frank Mottram to gallop beyond the TNS defence but slice his shot.  Then a clearance at the other end by Kevin Scott as the Scottish official blew for time.  Honours evens, points shared, and the general consensus in the club afterwards was a fair outcome from both camps.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmoret, Kevin Scott, Eifion Jones, Phil Baker,  Les Davies,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short,  Frank Mottram,  Morgan Jones
TNS:  Doherty,  Naylor, King, Aggrey, Evans, Holmes,  Wood, Williams, Wilde, Beck, Leah
Subs:  Hogan, Toner, Taylor

MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
Steve Evans
Match Referee
Callum Murray

16 October 2004
Cwmbran Town 0 v 3 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  This was a commanding performance from a Bangor side who took the three points thanks to another impressive midfield display from Simon Davies and his youthful team mates.  The former Manchester United left footer was involved in two of the three goals and is gradually regaining the sort of form which earned rave reviews two seasons ago.
   The only change to the line up which was frustrated by Haverfordwest the previous week was the return of Clayton Blackmore for Chris Short at right back.  Morgan Jones dropped from the forteen.
  City could have taken the lead in the opening minute when Paul Roberts saw his shot blocked at close range when the goal beckoned.  But when the lead did come it owed much to the industry of new striker Tony Gray and a touch of luck.  Gray fought for the ball on the right and helped Owain Jones gain possession which the towering youngster played simply into the striker's run.  Tony Gray ran to the right before firing the ball against the shins of the Cwmbran defender and into the net from 20 yards out on the right on eight minutes, for his first goal for Bangor.
  The lead could have been doubled when Mark Connolly launched himself at a deep Phil Baker freekick from the left but the all action midfielder saw his close range effort cannon wide with Wesson beaten.  There was time for referee Morgan to show the yellow card to Connolly before City trooped off with the feeling that the level of possession should have yielded a better lead.
Half Time 0-1
   The first action of the second period was a double substitution by Crows manager Brian Coyne who sent on Hanbury and Plant for Mohammed and Diamond in the 51st minute.  Then on 64 mins referee Morgan showed the yellow card to Clayton Blackmore.
   City continued to dominate and eventually clinched the match on 77 minutes in a goal which began with a stray clearance from goalkeeper Wesson.  A Bangor attack had fizzled out when Wesson's attempted throw out was picked up by Simon Davies on the left, some 30 yards from goal.  Davies sent a perfectly judged chip over the keeper but Cwmbran defender James saved the situation with a desperate header against the crossbar, but unhappily for him the ball dropped for Paul Roberts to gleefully dispatched his eleventh Welsh Premiership goal of the season.
   With two minutes remaining Peter Davenport withdrew Paul Roberts and his strike partner Tony Gray with Les Davies and Peter Hoy who enjoyed hsi foray in the frontline for what turned out to be five minutes.  On 90 mins Simon Davies sent over a corner from the right which Wesson punched wildly straight up in the air.  Peter Hoy headed down directly in front of goal, perhaps three yards out, for Mark Connolly to cap another hard working performance with a close range finish.
   A mention for the Bangor defence who, since the arrival of Richard Acton and pairing of Eifion Jones with Phil Baker, have conceded one goal in their last five games.  This compared with fifteen in the previous five.  Well done all round.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmoret, Gareth Evans, Eifion Jones, Phil Baker,  Paul Friel,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Les Davies, Peter Hoy
Cwmbran:  Wesson, Coughlin, K.James, Perry, Welsh, Fowler, Phillips, Thomas, Mohammed, Diamond, Hurlin
Subs:  Hanbury, Plant, Green

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Cwmbran
Match Referee

10 October 2004
Bangor City 1 v 1 Haverfordwest County
The Welsh Premier
  There is something about a flawed genius that directs us towards the flaw and not the genius.  Journalists, leaning back in their swivel chairs, smile to themselves as they focus on the deviance and overlook the obvious talent.  So for a break with tradition lets cut to the chase.  Visiting Haverfordwest County goalkeeper Lee Kendall gave a tremendous display of athletic, near acrobatic, shot stopping which earned his side a point they just about deserved but could never really have expected to have left Farrar Road with yesterday.  This should not infer that Bangor overwhelmed the visitors, they did not, but Kendall made a string of clean saves which kept his side in contention at critical times.
  It was strange afternoon from the offset with the wind blowing from the East, from the St Pauls End rather than into it as is the norm.  Playing into this wind City opened up with Paul Roberts heading off target and then winning a corner on the left as Deryn Brace cut out a cross intended for right side midfielder Mark Connolly.  But this should not infer that City held sway in the early stages where the dogged visitors worked hard in midfield, guided by the guile of former Barry Town pair of Colin Loss and Darren Ryan.  Home supporters voiced their unease.
   On the quarter hour mark Richard Acton was injured in a collision with County centreback Wyn Thomas but was able to continue following treatment. But five minutes later he could only stand and watch as the visitors took the lead.  A freekick on the right -awarded for handball against Simon Davies - was collected oin the edge of the box by Darren Ryan whose well struck effort flew over Richard Acton and into the roof of the City net with the home defence seemingly motionless.
   The remainder of the first half saw little to inspire, although young Tony Gray won corners and tested Kendall with his clean shooting and willingness to run with the ball.  With minutes to go before the interval Gray latched onto an incisive pass from Paul Roberts to race goalwards and shoot from twenty yards but Kendall saved cleanly.  As time ran out the former Newton frontman repeatd the strike but Kendall was again on hand.  Then with time up and the old sliding bars in place alongside the tunnel, Paul Roberts controlled a curling left footed through ball from Gareth Evans to run at the visitors goal before unleashing a trademark strike which Kendal saved acrobatically, this time at the expense of a corner which came to nought.
   So honours about even in the first period and the emerging contribution of Lee Kendall one of the half time talking points.
Half Time 0-1
   The second half saw City attacking the Farrar End with the with at their backs.  Barely had the whistle blown than Simon Davies gathered the ball on the left to find Paul Roberts on the edge of the box to scuff the ball low into the 'keepers right corner.  The relief around Farrar Road was audible, the early reply just what the game needed.
   But County did not lie down and Richard Acton made a good save from Tim Hicks who clean strike threatened on 55 minutes.  On the hour the ever alert Eifion Jones did well to make up ground on the right to tackle Dean Rossiter at the expense of a corner from which substitute Niko Algieri headed wide at the back post.  City won a fifth corner a minute later but Kendall held the cross cleanly.
   Referee Hames used his yellow card for the first time on 70 mins as Wyn Thomas tripped Paul Roberts, then Eifion Jones again pulled off a good tackle as County looked to break upfield.  With Bangor pushing forward the ball clearly struck player manager Deryn Brace on the hand as he stood the last man position on the edge of the visitors box.  Mr Hames waved play on, perhaps unsighted or unconvinved of any intent.  If the official had a weakness, other than missing an elbow in the face of Mark Connolly delivered by Colin Loss, it was his reluctance to deal with blatant timewasting which seems a way of life for County, judging by previous match reports.
   Simon Davies, operating from the left, passed infield to Tony Gray but his shot was saved by County's custodian before City forced a couple of corners the first of which pulled a "Gordon Banks" style low one handed save as Eifion Jones' downwards header looked a certain goal.  Paul Friel was then yellow carded for a trip on the Bangor leftwing.  Time was running out as Tony Gray charged forwards but failed to notice Paul Roberts who was well placed.  Minutes later Paul Roberts took a freekick from directly infront of the County goal but the defensive wall stood firm, then City's top scorer ran clear on the right and forced another good low save from Kendall but the decision was goalkick.
   Mark Connolly was shown a yellow card for a foul on the tricky Ryan before Les Davies made an 88th minute appearance as a replacement for a worn out Paul Friel.   Former Llanelli man Nicky Palmer went close for the visitors, big Les caused problems on the left, Eifion Jones fired over before an eigthth and final Bangor corner was won and largely wasted.  Scores - and points - even but the honours to Lee Kendall for a tremendous display.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Chris Short, Gareth Evans, Eifion Jones, Phil Baker,  Paul Friel,  Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Morgan Jones, Les Davies, Peter Hoy
County:  Lee Kendall, Deryn Brace, Lee Watters, Dean Rossiter, Wyn Thomas, Rob Jones, Nicky Palmer, Tim Hicks
Ritchie Adams, Colin Loss, Darren Ryan  Subs:  Haydn Ralph, Niko Algieri,  Mike Lewis

MoM Bangor City
Tony Gray
MoM County
Lee Kendall
Match Referee

5 October  2004
Newtown 0 v 4 Bangor City
  A blistering open twenty five minutes sent City through to the Second Round of the BBC Sponsored Premier Cup to the delight of the travelling fans and those watching live on BBC 2 Wales.
  With Gareth Evans and Frank Mottram still injured Bangor introduced recent arrivals Kevin Scott and Tony Gray who both enjoyed fine debuts.  City might have taken a lead in the first minute as an early corner from Clayton Blackmore was headed goalwards by Paul Roberts, the ball was cleared to Kevin Scott but his 25 yard shot landed on the roof of the Newtown net.
  There was better news on four minutes though as Bangor took the lead.  Tony Gray ran at the home defence, found Mark Connolly on the right and his left foot centre was headed down by Paul Roberts for the unmarked Simon Davies to sidefoot home from close range.  With Paul Friel and centre mid partner Owain Jones in dominant form City were soon in complete command.  A second corner drifted across by Clayton Blackmore was headed on target by Paul Roberts but Robins 'keeper Paul Edwards palmed the ball to Owain Jones who bungled home despite having his shirt pulled.
  City pushed forward and forced a series of corners which began with a poor clearance from a Kevin Scott long throw and ended in a third goal which effectively killed the match.  Ironically this came from a first corner kick to Newtown which was easily dealt with by the blues defence.  Simon Davies sent a forty yard pass to Paul Roberts on the half way line, beneath the mainstand.  His infield ball was pounced on by Paul Friel whose one two with newcomer Tony Gray involved a neat lay off which enabled the midfielder to gallop clear before converting confidently passed the despairing Edwards.
  Twenty four minutes gone and 3-0 up, Bangor had to ease up or go for ten.  Paul Roberts fired over following a good pass from Gray before City keeper Richard Acton made a low save at his near post from Sam Bowen but referee Whitby ruled goalkick.  Young striker Danny Field also forced a save from Bangor's new custodian but time ran out without a serious dent to the visitors ambitions.
Half Time 0-3
  The opening action of the second half saw Paul Roberts fire over as City's midfield dropped deeper to contain rather than attack.  Friel and Jones were enjoying the aerial supremacy of Phil Baker and Eifion Jones behind them and the contrasting wide play of Mark Connolly and Simon Davies.  The 19 year old Connolly dug deep, ran and tackled hard, but still found time for telling passes and movement off the ball.  On the left Davies, a hint of the old swagger returning, was deft and incisive in equal measure.  If Newtown harboured hopes of a revival manager Roger Preece must have been frustrated by the wayward clearances from Moon and Moody who squandered possession far too often.
  On 58 mins Newtown brought on Dan Barton for young Field but in fairness he made little impression other an on Clayton Blackmore who felt the force of a challenge on the half way line.  Kevin Scott launched a high swirling ball which found Paul Roberts unmarked in the Robins box but his header was comfortably held.  Newtown won a fourth corner before Tony Gray chased down the right to set up Paul Roberts who made space for a shot but again saw Edwards in the right place.  With some fifteen minutes remaining centre back Moon fired on target but Richard Acton ensured his third successive free kick with a clean low save.
  On 79 mins, moments after Martin Giles had replaced Steve Futcher, Bangor struck again.  Tony Gray was again involved on the right before picking out Simon Davies on the edge of the Newtown box.  He shimmied past one defender and slipped the ball behind another for Paul Roberts to gather and step beyond the diving Edwards before slotting calmly into the empty net.
  There followed a batch of substitutions which saw Clayton Blackmore replaced by Chris Short, and minutes later Eifion Jones and Tony Gray make way for Peter Hoy and Les Davies.  City seemed to take strength from the changes and Paul Roberts fired wide with Les Davies for company in the middle before the same combination linked up again but the big winger side footed his shot at Edwards.  The final action owed something to farce as a nicely flighted ball from Simon Davies dropped to Owain Jones five yards out to the right, but he miskicked before a header from workaholic Mark Connolly was hacked off the line.  And that was it, a job well done, impressive displays all round but in particular Tony Gray on debut and the whole midfield.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott,  Eifion Jones,  Phil Baker, Paul Friel, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Tony Gray, Simon Davi
es.  Subs:  Chris Short, Les Davies, Peter Hoy, Morgan Jones, Paul Whitfield
Newtown:  Edwards, Brown, Williams,  Giles, Moon, Allen, Moody, Futcher,  Hughes, Field, Bowen, Desmoreaux
Subs:  Sudlow, Giles, Barton, Webb, Harris
MoM Bangor City
Paul Friel      
MoM Newtown
Dan Desmoreaux
Match Referee
M Whitby

24 September 2004
Penmaenmawr Pheonix 0 v 2 Bangor City
  This one sided but keenly contested cup tie ended in a comfortable win for City who never quite came to terms with their windswept surroundings.
  A blustery wind blowing end to end from the west dominated proceedings with City being driven on in the first period.  Early chances came and went as Bangor forced a couple of corners, Les Davies fired over from the edge of the box and Clayton Blackmore repeated the feat minutes later after City's 19 year old winger - playing up front alongside Paul Roberts - had his effort blocked.
  Richard Acton was brought into action on eight minutes as Bleddyn Jones' freekick was deflected off the Bangor wall with home fans appealing for handball.  Moments later City won a third corner which was cleared as far as Clayton Blackmore whose inch perfect delivery found Mark Connolly but the industrious midfielder headed wide from six yards.
  A fourth corner on 13mins was to prove unlucky for Pen.  The kick came after the busy Tharme palmed over a much better header from Connolly which seemed destined for the net.  From the corner Pen scrambled the ball clear to Clayton Blackmore but the ice cool veteran sent a dipping cross shot over Tharme and into the net, right to left, to open the scoring.
  With the wind at their backs Bangor were in total control and goalkeeper Jamie Tharme was working overtime to keep out Morgan Jones, Clayton Blackmore and then Mark Connolly.  Paul Roberts then combined with Les Davies but sent his shot wide, Tharme saved well from Les Davies' clean strike from a Morgan Jones pullback.  Tharme then saved well from Les Davies on the half hour who in turn combined well with Mark Connolly to set up Morgan Jones but the little winger had shis effort held.
  Referee Harms then made a shocking decision as Paul Roberts charged clear and was clearly pulled down by the last man defender.  With a freekick awarded - which acknowledged the offence - the Prestatyn official failed to produce any colour card.  From the kick Mark Connolly forced another good save from the Pheonix 'keeper, Bangor forced their 6th & 7th corners, with Mark Connolly again heading cleanly but to no avail.  As time ran out the home side won a second corner of their own but failed to trouble Richard Acton.
Half Time 0-1
  From the restart City played far more controlled football into the wind, with Eifion Jones and Phil Baker winning their headers and Paul Roberts showing better control upfront.  City's top scorer nearly added to his tally in the opening minutes of the second period but Tharme again saved well, and moments later raced out the edge of his box to clutch the ball at Paul Roberts' feet with the defence trailing.  
  Mr Harms at last showed a modicum of sense with a long overdue yellow card for No 7 John Crowl whose persistent fouling would have attracted the attention of a more diligent official.  Ten minutes into the second half Paul Roberts controlled a good pass from Les Davies, but span and fired over from the edge of the box.  A ninth corner arrived on the hour, courtesy of the hard working Les Davies, but Eifion Jones headed over.  Three more flag kicks followed with the Llanrug centrehalf finally heading over once more to end the sequence.
  With twenty five minutes remaining a 13th corner saw Pen scramble the ball off the line to deny Les Davies.  On 72 mins it was 2-0 as Eifion Jones saw his header hit the bar but Mark Connolly reacted first and rammed the ball home from close range for his first goal of the season.  Crowl then showed a more creative side to his game by hitting a 40 yard volley which just skimmed the Bangor bar on its way out for a goalkick.
  On 79 mins manager Peter Davenport replaced Morgan Jones and Mark Connolly with substitutes Chris Short and Gary Parr, a move which meant Clayton Blackmore moved into midfield alongside mister perpetual motion Paul Friel. The match was drifting towards the now inevitable conclusion when the luckless Gareth Evans left the field (to be replaced by Peter Hoy) with blood seeping from a headwound which saw him dash off to Bodelwyddan hospital at the final whistle.  So a win at a price - the leftback is unlikely to feature at Newtown on Tuesday - but progress into the second round of the Welsh Cup.
  A word of credit for the amazing Jamie Tharme who was Man of the Match for Pen, and centre forward Peter Williams who battled wholeheartedly throughout for little reward.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Morgan Jones, Gareth Evans, Paul Friel, Eifion Jones,  Phil Baker, Mark ConnollyClayton Blackmore,
Paul Roberts, Simon Davi
es , Les Davies  Subs: Chris Short, Garry Parr, Peter Hoy
Penmaenmawr:  Jamie Tharme, Iwan Williams, Matty Roberts, John Griffiths, Scott Jones, Paul Tidswell, John Crowl,
Bleddyn  Jones, Peter Williams,  Steve Roberts, Karl Rowlands  Subs:  Eddie Lye, Neil Picton, Paul Williams

MoM Bangor City
Clayton Blackmore
MoM Pen
Jamie Tharme
Match Referee
AP Harms

24 September 2004
Cefn Druids 0 v 4 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  Bangor eased to a 4-0 win at Plaskynaston as the hosts ended the match with ten men with player manager Alan Morgan watching from the sidelines.
  The presence in the City goal of former Altrincham and TNS goalkeeper Richard Acton certainly settled the defence which saw Eifon Jones re-instated alongside Phil Baker.  In midfield there was also a warm welcome back to Paul Frield as he returned via a new term at Bangor University.
  City set out their marker in the opening five minutes as Phil Baker and then Eifion Jones got in front of their man to win challenges that set Simon Davies moving forward.  The teenage midfield pairing of Friel and Owain Jones also set to work, with the abrasive Irishman quickly snapping into the tackles and loose balls.  However on nine minutes the smiles were wiped off the visiting supporters are Frank Mottram was helped from the field after turning his ankle following an attack on the left; his replacement was Les Davies.
  Bangor seemed determined to overcome this setback and on twelve minutes a wonderful cross from rightwinger Mark Connolly found the Druids defence lacking the height to mark Owain Jones whose firm downward header beat Mackin's despairing dive.  Druids then fashioned their first shot at goal when Mike Thompson sent a fiercely struck left footer off target from 20 yards.  Owain Jones went close again but after a neat one two his shot lacked conviction and Mackin gathered comfortably.
   With City's big goalkeeper bellowing instructions from behind his defence and the Irish student chattering noisly in front of them, this was a far more purposeful and voiciferous City side than had yielded three points to Newtown a week earlier.
   On 23 mins City doubled their advantage as Paul Roberts found latched onto a header from Les Davies on the left to fire low past Mackin.  Roberts then won a corner when his shot was deflected over, Simon Davies' kick was headed on target by Eifion Jones but Mackin again held cleanly.  As half time loomed Les Davies fired on target, Paul Friel picked up a yellow card, before the red card incident which effectively ended the contest.
   Owain Jones played laid the ball off but was caught late by a brutal lunge from Alan Morgan which led to a brief exchange of views.  Referee Woodthorpe regained his composure, consulted with the linesman and promptly raised the red card to the spiteful offender who left the field to an array of comments from the City supporters and a marked hush from the Plaskynaston faithful.  Owain Jones was carried to the sidelines on a stretcher.
Half Time 0-2
   Whilst the City players enjoyed a half time cuppa Owain Jones stayed on the field with Huw Griffiths to assess his mobility.  He took his place from the kick off before Paul Roberts went close twice - the second from a freekick - before Owain made way to young Morgan Jones on 52 mins.  Moments later Eifion Jones was rightly yellow carded for a late challenge on Shannon before Les Davies lifted another freekick over the Druids bar from 25 yards.
   A mistake by Clayton Blackmore then brough the best out of the improving Phil Baker as Aiden Shannon raced goalwards but was forced to the right by Pip who blocked the goalbound effort which bounced out for a goalkick.  On 68 mins though Bangor went 3-0 up when Clayton Blackmore more than made amends for his earlier slip.  Playing a neat one two with substitute Morgan Jones he drifted with a crosshot over Mackin from the left after two Druids defenders - Aled Rowlands and Nick Parry - had collided "keystones cops" style.
  Five minutes later, on 73, it was 4-0 with Paul Roberts planting the ball past Mackin from 20 yards after Morgan Jones won possession on the edge of the box. The tiring Paul Friel, who had enjoyed a fine return, then made way for the final substitute Chris Short who slotted in at right back with Clayton moving into a midfield barely recognisable from the one which kicked off.
   As time ran out Les Davies and the combatative Mark Connolly both fired off target from distance before a clever back heel from Paul Roberts set Morgan Jones free.  Cefn conceded a corner but Eifion Jones' attempted header resulted in a freekick which was quickly followed by the final whistle and three points which lift City - perhaps temporarily - into second place.
   The early impressions of Richard Acton, who held his crosses and talked to his defence, were very promising.  So too the defensive partnership between Phil Baker and Eifion Jones.  So far so good, but with one eye on tougher times to come.
Bangor:  Richard Acton, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Eifion Jones, Paul Friel, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram,
Simon Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Les Davies, Morgan Jones,
Cefn: Mackin, Parry, Morgan, Rowlands, Salmon, Irons, Stacey, McDonnell, Williams, Thompson, Shannon
Subs:  McClean, Cooper, Main, Edgar,

MoM Bangor City
Paul Friel
MoM Cefn
Kenny Irons
Match Referee
Andy Woodthorpe

18 September 2004
Bangor City 2 v 3 Newtown
The Welsh Premier
  Shortcomings dealing with set pieces came home to roost this afternoon as Newtown took three points from three goals scored from three set plays which should have been meat and drink to the blues rearguard.
  On a bright, breezy afternoon City endured fans endured a lifeless opening quarter in which the visitors, depleted by suspensions, held possession but failed to threaten the home goal.  Driven on by the strengthening wind Newtown took the lead in the 18th minute when a deep cross from the left eluded the home defence for Mickey Brown to shoot goalwards from close range.  Goalkeeper Paul Whitfield blocked the first effort with his legs but could not stop the follow up from young Danny Field which went up the 'keepers body from eight yards.
  This seemed to stun City into life.  Simon Davies fed the ball to Clayton Blackmore whose right wing centre was headed over by Paul Roberts who moments later had a shot blocked on the edge of the Robins box.  In the 22nd minute though Bangor drew level from an unlikely source.  Owain Jones passed to Mark Connolly on the edge of then box, his finely weighted chip found Simon Davies on the left whose his cross-shot hit Mark Allen with striker Frank Mottram in close attendance.
   City were in charge now with Owain Jones at the centre of proceedings.  His direct run down the middle, after playing a one-two, ended in a low drive which brushed the left post with Edwards flat footed.  On the half hour referee Thomas reacted with a yellow card when leftback Williams try to pull back right winger Les Davies.  Veteran wide man Mickey Brown then saw a free header sail of target from a Newtown freekick, moments later Danny Field repeated the feat with the home defence assuming the goalkeeper would come for the ball.
  Minutes later City forced their first corner which nearly resulted in a breakaway for the visitors.  With ten minute to go to the break Simon Davies ran down the left, laid the ball back to Gareth Evans who high curling cross invited Owain Jones to head goalwards but Edwards saved comfortably.  But on 42 mins City had the lead.  Simon Davies passed to Frank Mottram on the right edge of the box, he in turn supplied Les Davies who ran for the goalline before pulling the ball back right footed for Paul Roberts to fire home from close range.  Newtown forced a 44th minute corner but referee Thomas saved the home side's blushes with a freekick award as the ball arrived on the penalty spot.
Half Time 2-1
   With the wind at their backs, attacking the St Pauls End, City must have sensed a goal or two were there for the taking.  Owain Jones found the target again with a header but once more Edwards saved easily.  Then Paul Roberts raced clear on the left but his shot was pushed away for a corner by the alert Edwards and the chance was gone.
  On 52 mins that miss proved costly.  New signing Danny Moon launched a long freekick from in front of visitors dugout.  Keeper Whitfield shaped to come but then opted to stay at home, young Robins striker Danny Field siezed on the uncertainty and fired home from eight yards.  Bangor bounced back to force a couple of corners but the second yielded a counter attack which forced a great saving tackle from Mark Connolly on the half way line.
   But on 54 mins, less than two after the equaliser, Newtown took the lead.  An Oliver Williams corner from the left dipped at the near post and sliced off a combination of 'keeper Paul Whittield's glove and a home defender to allow Andy Webb to volley home from four yards out.  The City defenders were dumbfounded and the whole side felt the stuffing knocked from them.
   Newton might have looked for a fourth but another telling challenge from Mark Connolly thwarted them, then Owain Jones watched at Edwards made another save from his goalbound header.  Les Davies saw his shot screw off target from 25 yards as City tried to get back on level terms.  The big winger then flicked on a freekick which landed at Owain Jones' feet but he scuffed his effort and Edwards again saved.
   On 78 mins Les Davies made way for Morgan Jones who took up a right wing position.  Clayton Blackmore then had a 25 yarder saved before home 'custodian Whitfield saved low from Mickey Brown.  City forced a succession of corners as the final minutes slipped away and Edwards made another save from an Owain Jones header, this time palming over for a corner.  The final action saw Clayton Blackmore's quickly taken freekick flash across to Peter Hoy but the defender just failed to get his head to the ball.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, Simon Davies, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.  Subs: Morgan Jones, Gary Parr, Chris Short

Newtown:  Edwards, Brown, Williams,  Giles, Allen, Moon, Futcher,  Hughes, Field, Webb, Desmoreaux
Subs:  Harris, Berridge, Warwick
MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Newtown
Danny Field
Match Referee

14 September 2004
Caernarfon 4 v 3 Bangor City
Loosemores Cup
  A first half hatrick from former Colwyn Bay defender Mark Evans saw Caernarfon through to the second round of the Loosemores Cup at City's expense.
   But it was another defender, Tim Brandreth, who opened the scoring for The Canaries in the tenth minute when he headed home from a corner whipped in by Martin Chalk  City were almost level as Owain Jones hit a piledriver which David Walsh did well to keep out..
   City were unsettled and failed to control the midfield or defend with any conviction.  Mark Evans struck his hatrick on 26, 38 and 42 minutes as he exploited time and space in the City defence with young Dylan Owen deeply involved.  However the attack still carried menace and Owain Jones saw a shot saved by David Walsh in the Caernarfon goal whilst Clayton Blackmore fired wide from outside the box.  Frank Mottram also failed to capitalise on a half chance as the home side kept their goal intact.
   The dejected City side left the field to widespread disbelief amongst the travelling supporters and to the awaiting manager.
Half Time 4-0
   Manager Peter Davenport made two changes at half time as Simon Davies and Peter Hoy were replaced by teenagers Gary Parr and Morgan Jones, and the shape of the team shifted to a 4-4-2.
   The changes certainly improved things from Bangor's perspective as Les Davies reduced the deficit on 53 minutes with a well placed header from a and inviting cross from 18 year old Morgan Jones.  Phil Baken then saw his effort blocked after Carwyn Roberts had rattled the crossbar with a forty yard cannonball.  
   Then City's outstanding performer Frank Mottram took centre stage with goals on 63 and 74 minutes.  The first came as he gathered the ball back to goal outside the box, turned an fired past Walsh to make the score 4-2.  Then a pass from Les Davies enabled him to slip the ball past Walsh again, this time from twelve yards.
    Caernarfon might have increased their lead with both Carwyn Roberts and Luke Campbell going close, Paul Whitfield had to smother at Evans' feet as he raced clear.  In the closing ten minutes Ritchie Owen came on for Chris Short to add more punch to the frontline, and whilst City might have seen more reward from goalbound efforts from Owain Jones and goalscorer Mottram it was not to be.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Mark Connolly, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, Chris Short, Phil Baker, Simon Davies, ,Owain Jones,
Clayton Blackmore, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.  Subs: Morgan Jones, Gary Parr, Ritchie Owen

Caernarfon:  Walsh, Phillips, Roberts, Chalk, Brandreth, Hogg, Peters, Williams, Owen, Evans, Campbell
Subs:  Jones,  Quirke,
MoM Bangor City
Frank Mottram
MoM Caernarfon
Mark Evans
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

10 September 2004
Connahs Quay 3 v 4 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  Battling Bangor fought back from an early Nomads goal to grab all three goals thanks to an 88th minute strike from Frank Mottram.  The win was soured though in the closing minutes when Referee Andy Richards sent Paul Roberts off for failing to retreat ten yards from a freekick.
  City boss Peter Davenport opted again for the 5-3-2 formation with Phil Baker playing in the middle alongside Eifion Jones and Chris Short.  But all that counted for nothing as Paul Whitfield pulled off a smart save from Tommy Mutton who had raced in behind the new look defence.  On three minutes there was more uncertainty and this time former Cefn United and Buckley striker Darren Williams lifted the ball over Paul Whitfield for an easy lead.
   Clayton Blackmore provided City's first efforts on target as his 20 yard drive fired wide with Lee Williams a spectator, then Mark Connolly seized on a ball from the Welsh International but his effort screwed off target.  On 16 mins Simon Davies was yellow carded for a trip before five mins later Paul Roberts joined him in the book for kicking the ball away.
   On 22 mins Craig Hutchinson conceded a penalty for a trip on Clayton Blackmore which Paul Roberts converted confidently.  Paul Whitifeld then made a good save from Tomy Mutton who might have done better.  On 35 mins City claimed the lead when 
Paul Roberts seized on a clever overhead pass from Mark Connolly to fire home past Lee Williams in the Nomads net.
   Darren Williams might have levelled the scores when he was set up by John Kenworthy but his effort lacked any real malice.  One reason to he cheerful for Bangor boss would have been the form of centre half Phil Baker who won his headers and steadied the ship against Nomads attacks.
Half Time 1-2
  The paying punters had scarcely taken their seats when on 49 mins Bangor went 3-1 ahead.  A Frank Mottram cross from the right seemed to have no obvious target but home defender George Horan sliced an attempted clearance into the net.  Three mins later Danny Jellicoe was yellow carded and minutes later Stuart Rain came on for midfielder Craig Hutchinson.  Eifion Jones then had to be alert to snuff out two attacks inspired by Rain. On the hour Bangor won their first corner of the evening which saw Peter Hoy fail to convert a close range chance which might have closed the game out.
   From a second corner moments later Paul Roberts saw his shot held by Lee Williams  but on 71 mins the meddlesome Stuart Rain found space at the back post as a cross from the right him unmarked; the result was inevitable.  Two minutes later and Bangor's record transfer sale Tommy Mutton evened the scoring as he raced down on goal to chip the ball past Paul Whitfield before netting calmly from the right.
   Three all and the travelling Bangor horde was silenced.  With 15 mins to go City sent on Les Davies for Eifion Jones.  The runaway truck set about ruining Dean Tuft's evening and turning the tide towards the Nomads goal.  The 19 year gathered the ball on the left, charged past the startled Tuft, but saw his shot crash into the side netting.
   Peter Hoy then made a great tackle on the pacey Tommy Mutton before Tuft was replaced by Andy Griffiths.  John Kenworthy was then yellow carded for works passed to referee Richards.  On 88 mins City snatched what turned out to be the winning goal.  The commanding Phil Baker collected the ball on the half way line and ran right to left - towards the mainstand - before finding Paul Roberts with an intelligent pass which was immediately flicked on to the lurking Frank Mottram who turned his defender to drill left footed beyond Lee Williams' despairing dive.
   Paul Roberts then sent a 30 yard freekick on target which Lee Williams saved but the Criccieth striker was then shown a second yellow for failing to retreat from a Nomads freekick.  Happily that was just about the final action of note before the City tribe could celebrate three rare points at the Deeside Stadium.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Chris Short, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Phil Baker, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, 
Simon Davies.   Subs:   Morgan Jones,  Les Davies, Ritchie Owen
Nomads:  L.Williams, Holmes,  Tuft, Hutchinson, Horan, Jellicoe, C.Williams, Mutton, D.Williams, Kenworthy, Owen
Subs:  Griffiths, Rain, Cook, Spray

MoM Bangor City
Phil Baker
MoM Nomads
Craig Hutchinson
Match Referee
Andy Richards

4 September 2004
Afan Lido 2 v 3 Bangor City
The Welsh Premier
  Bangor moved up to third place in the WP with nine points from four games and silenced those who suggested the side lacked courage or commitment.
  Despite leaving Farrar Road at 7.30am Bangor did not arrive at Afan Lido until 2.30 after being ensnarled in an hour long delay close the Celtic Manor Hotel.  Then on 50 minutes the game was stopped as leftwingback Gareth Evans received treatment for a worrying head injury.  All this without young wingers Les Davies and Morgan Jones who withdrew through injury and the long term absentee Chris Priest whose good luck message arrived before kick off.
  It all started brighltly enough as Paul Roberts went close but a second corner on ten minutes yielded the breakthrough.  Simon Davies sent a corner onto Mark Connolly's head and Frank Mottram reacted first to slide the ball home from close range.  But City fans had hardly finished celebrating when the the impressive Karl Reynolds levelled the scores with a clean left footed strike.
  On the quarter hour things got worse for City when young Liam McCreesh found time and space on the right to cross for Kevin Bartley to tap in from close range.  City won their fifth corner on 25 mins but Paul Roberts saw his chip saved by Brian Thomas before Lido swept up to the other end and forced a good low save from Paul Whitfield as Andre Rickhard's header nearly crept in.
  On 31 mins it was all square at two all.  A sixth Bangor corner was partly cleared to the right but Frank Mottram's well placed side footer sped in off  the underside of the crossbar to the delight of the travelling fans.  Three minutes later a seventh corner was delivered by Clayton Blackmore - who had driven from Heathrow after his flight from Azerbaijan - for Owain Jones to rise high above the Lido defence for a clean header home.
  Lido forced a couple of corners of their own but the feeling was that City had a chance to seal the win.  Frank Mottram might have grabbed his hatrick when he cut in from the left but he hesitated and the defenders pounced.
Half Time 2-3
  The first action of the second half saw a left wing cross seem destined for Chris Piper but Gareth Evans bravely headed away at the back post.  The former Newtown defender fell to the ground with blood seeping from a wide gash above his left ear after an accidental clash of heads.  Within minutes he was being driven to A&E by Lido secretary Phil Robinson with Ken Jones for company.
  City regrouped with Gareth Dogan joining the three man midfield and Clayton Blackmore moving to left wingback.  The substitute wasted no time in making an impression but after creating an opening he dragged his shot wide from 18 yards.  Then right wingback Mark Connolly, who had enjoyed an industrious afternoon - sent over a high swirling cross which Paul Roberts met but headed off target.  Young Dogan then controlled a Simon Davies cross but Mark Connolly fired wide from outside the box.
  Bangor forced another corner but again Paul Roberts' frustration grew as his shot sailed the wrong side of the upright.  Owain Jones then sent a long range effort at Brian Thomas' goal but it span harmlessly wide.  Referee Ray Ellingham had enjoyed a peaceful afternoon - he had his hands full coping with two erratic linesmen - but on 67 mins he reached for the yellow card when Paul Evans fouled one of City's teenagers Owain Jones.
  Clayton Blackmore ventured forward to fire narrowly wide from 25 yards out on the left with twenty minutes to go, then Frank Mottram deflected a long clearance into the path of Paul Roberts but he shot wide from 18 yards.  However Lido must have sensed they were still in with a shout and only a last ditch interception by Simon Davies denied Bartley.  The ensuing throw in was crossed invitingly for Chris Piper but his downward effort bounced and cleared the crossbar from five yards!  Moments later Piper fired across goal from a great position and was immediately replaced by Chris Pridham.
  In the closing minutes Frank Mottram missed the target with a header form Clayton Blackmore's cross before the Welsh International was booked for a foul.  Deep into the five minutes of stoppage time Clayton responded with a dipping volley which just missed the far post from the left.  Then the final whistle and a job well done, blood sweat and tears, but three points and heads held high.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Simon Davies, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Chris Short.  Subs: Huw Griffiths
, Gary Parr, Gareth Dogan
Lido:  Thomas, Shrimpton, Reid, Evans, Evans, Rickhard, McCreesh, Piper, Bartley, O'Leary, Reynolds
Subs:  Pridham, Williams, Lewis, Martin, Walters

MoM Bangor City
Clayton Blackmore
MoM Afan Lido
Kevin Bartley
Match Referee

31 August 2004
Bangor City 2 v 3 Caernarfon
Loosemores Cup
  Caernarfon will take a deserved advantage into the second leg of the Loosemores Cup after an entertaining match at Farrar Road.
  The unlikely hero for the Canaries was one of their former Racecourse legion, rightback Mark Evans, who scored twice with some aplomb.  The villain was the dreadful Kevin Parry and his assistants who had no obvious idea what they were doing.  That said their performance should not detract from the visitors advantage which was hard fought.
   City took the lead inside five minutes when Owain Jones was put through by Frank Mottram and fired goalwards.  Goalkeeper David Walsh could only parry the effort and Paul Roberts slotted home the rebound for his fifth goal of the season.  The visiting supporters vented their frustration at an obvious offside in the build up at the bald linesman.
   Young Morgan Jones was enjoying some possession on the right against another teenager Carwyn Roberts, the visitors No 3 but Eifion Jones became the first yellow card victim for a crude challenge on Caernarfon striker Aaron Thomas.  Moments later Simon Davies was yellow carded for having the ball thrown at him by Aaron Thomas who joined him in the book.
   On the half hour Bangor won a corner which was cleared upfield for Mark Evans to lash a powerful drive which Paul Whitfield clutched gratefully.  Five minutes later though a superb crossfield ball from young Carwyn Roberts on the left was smashed home by Mark Evans from 25 yards out on the right edge of the box to level the scores.
   Bangor bounced back with their third corner of the evening as Gary Parr's right wing cross to Frank Mottram was blocked, from the kick Owain Jones saw his header loop into the Farrar End netting.  Then Peter Hoy raced in to collect a loose ball on the half way line before sending a glorious crossfield ball to Paul Roberts in the Caernarfon box.  He stepped outside the defender but pulled a low drive across goal.
   That was the final meaningful action of the first half and the sides trouped off level at one all.
Half Time 1-1
   Bangor started brightly again with an early corner and then a good low cross from Paul Roberts which Frank Mottram turned goalwards but Walsh saved bravely.  The Peter Hoy had to be alert to clear a goalbound effort from niggly midfielder Osian Jones.  
   On 53 mins it was the visitors who took the lead.  Aaron Thomas drew the City defence close to the half way line before releasing the shaven headed Colin Quirke who beat Paul Whitfield from the left edge of the box.  Moments later Osian Jones saw his close range shot hit the crossbar.  City moved forward through the industrious Chris Short whose pass found Morgan Jones.  He crossed for Frank Mottram but a flick header drifted over.
   Chris Short was duly yellow carded for a deliberate handball on the half way mark before on the hour Les Davies came off the bench to replace left winger Gary Parr.  The big lad quickly got involved and an opening soon fell to Paul Roberts but his close range shot lacked conviction.  The visitors were always dangerous on the break, with Thomas a complete pest, and he was involved as two corners  culminated in Paul Whitfield saving well from left footer Luke Campbell.
   On 70 mins Paul Roberts fired off target after good work on the left from Les Davies.  City forced a 6th corner when a deep left wing cross from
Gareth Evans forced Walsh to palm over.  From the corner kick City had a loud appeal for handball turned away, then minutes later Paul Roberts was yellow carded for dissent after querying some odd decisions by Referee Parry.  Two such incidents saw freekicks awarded to Caernarfon defenders who seemed guilty of what used to be termed "obstruction".  Parry had already vexed home fans by allowing Aaron Thomas to remain onfield after receiving trreatment but sending Frank Mottram to the sidelines in similar circumstances.
   Two substitutions followed as Simon Davies made way for Gareth Dogan and then Lee Jones replaced Colin Quirke.  On 78 minutes it was 3-1 as fullback Mark Evans again drove home cleanly from the edge of the box.  City were incensed and Les Davies in particular seemed determined to make an impact and within a minute he was involved as Owain Jones headed home.   However there were more cards to issue, Luke Campbell and Owain Jones for precious little.  Frank Mottram then sliced his effort wide from 15 yards before on 83 mins Mark Connolly replaced Eifion Jones.  Paul Whittield pulled off another good save, Caernarfon sent on Matt Phillips for Aaron Thomas.
   Bangor forced corners eight and nine, big Les saw a goalbound effort blocked in the six yard area, then after three mins of added time the lunatic in chief blew his whistle and the visiting fans clapped loudest - and then the visiting players then clapped their fans.  All a bit strange but all to play for at The Oval in a fortnight when Bangor know they must defend with more conviction to progress.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Chris Short, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Simon Davies, Morgan Jones, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Gary Parr.  Subs:
 Mark Connelly, Les Davies, Gareth Dogan
Caernarfon:  Walsh, Evans, Roberts, Hogg, Brandreth, Hobson, Peters, Jones, Quirke, Thomas, Campbell
Subs:  Jones, Phillips, Phillips

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Caernarfon
Aaron Thomas
Match Referee
Kevin Parry

28 August 2004
Bangor City 0 v 2 Porthmadog
The Welsh Premier
  Bangor were beaten by a determined Porthmadog side who were quicker to the ball and well worth their 2-0 win.  In the towering Lee Webber they had the outstanding defender on view and upfront the muscular Mark Williams made his mark on City's centrebacks.  Home fans hoping for a third straight win to celebrate the return of Simon Davies were to be disappointed.
  Port made the early running with left winger Gareth Caughter who caused problems for Clayton Blackmore and Mark Connolly who had replaced Morgan Jones.  On the quarter hour City had an opening as Clayton Blackmore's chipped pass was collected by Owain Jones but he delayed his shot for a moment and the chance was gone.  Five minutes later Paul Roberts found Frank Mottram in the Port box.  His lay off invited Mark Connolly to shoot but the rising effort flew into the Farrar End.  Minutes later Paul Roberts fired goalwards after a neat passing triangle involving Frank Mottram, Owain Jones and Simon Davies.  
  Both side forced corners - nine in all with City one better off - but few clear cut chances ensued.  Then on the stroke of half time a bit of luck for the visitors saw a deflected freekick roll unguarded in the Bangor box and local lad Ryan Davies reacted first to fire home from close range.  The following five minutes -either side of half time and including three mins of stoppage time - shaped the final outcome.
  Clayton Blackmore sent a superb freekick over from the right but Paul Roberts saw his header hit the crossbar.  Then the stocky striker pounced on a loose ball outside the box but his powerful low drive veered narrowly off target with McGuigan apparently beaten.  However the half time whistle saw the visitors 1-0 ahead.  With City anticipating the support of a stiff breeze from the Farrar End there was still room for optimism amongt the home fans queing for a burger in the Farrar end.
Half Time 0-1
   To pick up the theme of the closing minutes of the first period, the second goal for Port came on 48 minutes.  A Gareth Caughter cross from the left was allowed to sail to the head of Mark Williams whose downward header squeezed past Paul Whitfield at the foot of the "back" post.  What is it about players going back to their former clubs?
   On 55 minutes it should really have been 3-0 but Carl Owen's cross was headed over by Williams from six yards out.  Moments later Williams went close again as City's centrebacks struggled to deal with the two former Citizens.  With around half and hour remaining Paul Roberts sent Owain Jones' pass across goal from the right but Frank Mottram screwed his shot wide.  Moments later he was replaced by Aled Rowlands with Les Davies moving to partner Paul Roberts upfront.  To be fair the big winger made little impact against his older brother Ryan and the dominant Webber.
   Port forced their 7th corner of the match when Eifion Jones made a good tackle on Carl Owen.  Bangor responded with their 8th & 9th corners but in all honesty could muster little to trouble McGuigan in the Port goal.  More subs followed after City's 10th corner as Tom Reynolds replaced Carl Owen and Morgan Jones came on for Mark Connolly who had struggled to make his mark on the right.  With around ten minutes remaining Simon Davies saw his clean 20 yarder held by McGuigan.
   In the closing minutes Bangor forced their 11th and 12th corners - Port ended up with seven - but no real chances emerged.  The final whistle saw understandable joy amongst the visiting contingent with their strong Bangor links.  None more so than former City players Osian Jones and Viv Williams who had masterminded a disciplined performance and deserved win.  Oh, and Brian Lawler refereed the affair calmly and competently, no scapegoat there, just a poor home performance all said and done.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Simon Davies, Mark Connolly, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.  Subs:  
Aled Rowlands, Morgan Jones, Gary Parr,
Porthmadog:  McGuigan,  JG Jones, Foster, R.Davies, Webber, O.Roberts, G.Parry, T.Wiiliams, M.Williams, C.Owen, Caughter
Subs:  D.Evans, R.Owen, Reynolds

MoM Bangor City
Owain Jones
MoM Porthmadog
Lee Webber
Match Referee

21 August 2004
Bangor City 4 v 2 Welshpool Town
The Welsh Premier
  Spirit of '62?  The ten men who won the Welsh Cup Final in '98?  Add to this the Spirt of 2004 as ten men fought back from 2-1 down to overhaul Tommy Morgan's expensively assembled Welshpool side who now have just one point from two outings.  But there was a high price to pay with midfielder Chris Priest stretchered from the field with a broken leg.
  The first half was - almost - a game of two halves!  City started brightly, playing into a breeze blowing from the Farrar End.  The sunny afternoon soon got even brighter as new midfielder Chris Priest saw his deflected shot wrongfoot new 'Pool keeper Lewis for a fifth minute advantage.
 Within a minute it could be have two nil as Priest this time supplied Les Davies but the new Welsh U21 International fired wide from twelve yards.  The big winger then cut inside from the left to shoot right footed but narrowly off target.
  On 13 mins the first yellow card issued by the prolific Mr Whitby to Ross Jefferies for a foul on Peter Hoy.  Then the game swung entirely to the visitors who just about ran Bangor ragged for the rest of the half.  Their control was at its most complete in a spell which yielded three corners in quick succession and saw two effort cleared off the line - one by Clayton Blackmore - and Brett Jefferies head against the crossbar.
   City broke away on the half hour to win a corner through 18 year old Morgan Jones but defender Eifion Jones saw his header cleanly held by Solly. Welshpool forced their fifth corner off the vigilant Clayton Blackmore before Owain Jones created an opening for Paul Roberts but the Criccieth marksman dragged his effort wide.
   With 37 mins on the clock the visitors deservedly drew level when Ross Jefferies ran infield from the left to elude two Bangor defenders before sending a low drive beyond the despairing Paul Whitfield from fully 30 yards.
 Welshpool were now in full sway with Ricky Evans and Dave Cunnah dominant in midfield.  Eifion Jones found himself defending deep but saved the day with an excellent tackle on the rampant Ross Jefferies.  The largely anonymous Craig Wilkinson was then yellow card recipient number two for a reckless challenge on Morgan Jones.
   But with Cty fans welcoming the whistle The Lilywhites took the lead.  Again it was Ross Jefferies who found space on the right to round Whitfield and slot the ball home from the fifteen yards.  City barely had time to kick off before the half time whistle blew to a despondent home crowd.

Half Time 1-2
   The opening minutes of the second period saw Peter Hoy's goalbound effort blocked and Paul Whitfield save well from Ross Jefferies.  Hoy then became yellow card victim no 3 for Referee Whitby for a foul on Steve Rogers.  On the hour Mark Connolly came on as a direct replacement for right winger Morgan Jones.  Then disaster.
   Chris Priest lost possession on the half way line and lunged at Ricky Evans as the big midfielder moved away with the ball.  There was an audible cracking noise before both players lay injured on the half way line.  City fans in the main stand were incensed as visiting striker Steve Rogers ran to the 'Pool dugout to announce that Priest was to be red carded.  After a two minute stoppage and the arrival of a stretcher that is precisely what happened though.  Down to ten men and a goal down.
   Three things now conspired to involve the crowd.  One the sending off, two the antics of Steve Rogers, three the feeling of injustice as the inconsistent Whitby seemed to referee by the toss of a coin.
   By way of re-organisation City must have contemplated replacing one of the strikers to bolster the midfield.  Perhaps is the scoreline had been the other way round the might have.  But with goals needed a rough 3-4-2 shape sprang to life with Mark Connolly and Les Davies as wingbacks.  The one City player who looked the most hurt by some unkind half time comments was Owain Jones and it was the towering youngster who now rose to the challenge and drove City on.  
   On 68 mins Les Davies ran powerfully down the right, crossed to Frank Mottram whose deft lay off presented Owain Jones with a chance the youngster accepted with glee to level the scores.  Yellow cards were then rapidly flashed at Clayton Blackmore and substitute Mark Connolly whose energy and commitment were obvious to all.  Welshpool replaced the injured Dave Cunnah with Gary Roberts before Paul Roberts squandered a chance to put City ahead after a good through ball from Les Davies.
   But on 80 mins he made amends as the visitors defence parted for Paul Roberts to race clear and drive the ball past Solly.  Craig Wilkinson then fired wide from 30 yards before Gary Roberts was replaced following a brief encounter with Mark Connolly, the spring heeled Chris Courtney took his place. With the visitors pressing hard for an equaliser Eifion Jones again defended bravely, big Les Davies flew into tackles with tremendous force, the calm head belonged to Clayton Blackmore who did much to keep a lid on the boiling pot.
   Then the final act.  A long ball down the left was collected by Frank Mottram who cut inside to hold off a defender before firing low into the 'Pool net to the delight of the St Pauls End brigade who were practically hoarse.  100 WP goals for Magic?  Spirt of '62?  Fantastic.  The Weston Rhyn builder might just have added a fifth, but not quite, and then after seven minutes of stoppage time, the whistle finally blew.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Chris Priest, Morgan Jones, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Gary Parr, Mark Connolly

Welshpool:  Solly, Norman, Windsor, Jefferies, Jackson, Cunnah, Burgess, Rogers, Jefferies, Evans, Wilkinson
Subs:  Bloor, Coutrney, Roberts

MoM Bangor City
Eifion Jones
MoM Welshpool
Ricky Evans
Match Referee

14 August 2004
Bangor City 6 v 0 Llanelli
The Welsh Premier
  Highly rated striker Paul Roberts grabbed a hatrick as Llanelli failed to recover from their late arrival at Farrar Road which resulted in a 3pm kick off.
  The opening twenty minutes offered no real indication of the carnage to follow, other than a clear opening spurned by Roberts who was sent clear on goal by strike partner Frank Mottram.  Owain and Morgan Jones both hit the target but 'keeper Pritchard was scarcely troubled.
   Then the twenty first minute which changed everything.  Chris Priest ran to the right of the Llanelli box and his cross was never properly dealt with by the reds with Les Davies able to gather on the left and cross back in for Owain Jones to bungle the ball home from close range to the delight of the Farrar End fans behind the goal.  The visitors responded with Jeff Aspell testing debutant keeper Paul Whitfield before Morgan Jones sent a curler wide of target.
   On forty minutes Morgan Jones won a corner which again was not properly cleared.  In the aftermath Frank Mottram was tripped by Phillips who had few complaints as Andy Richard pointed to the penalty spot.  Paul Roberts converted the kick with confidence to double the lead and take his goal tally to 50 for City in league matches.  Minutes later the Weston Rhyn marksman Frank Mottram won City's second corner but this one was cleared.  
   However on 45 minutes Llanelli were out of the running.  Chris Priest, warming to his task in midfield, set Morgan Jones free on the right.  His cross to the back post found Paul Roberts whose clean header had the Farrar End fans clapping once more.  There was scarcely time for Llanelli to kick off before the half time whistle blew and the blue shirted Bangor side trotted off to a warm ovation.

Half Time 3-0
   The half time news was less encouraging as Owain Jones was withdrawn. His replacement was Chris Short who slotted in at right back with the experienced Clayton Blackmore moving into midfield alongside Chris Priest.  The first chance of the second period fell to Frank Mottram but his effort flew off target then Paul Roberts also failed to hit the target.
   On 62 mins 18 year old Morgan Jones made way for Gary Parr, one year older, on the right wing.  On 74 mins it was 4-0 as Paul Roberts completed his hatrick after a brave run into the visitors box saw him partly stopped before regaining his feet to score from close range.  Two minutes later, on 76, the goal of the game.  Paul Roberts found himself on the right hand side of midfield.  He looked up and powered a crossfield ball to Clayton Blackmore on the right. Clayton delivered a cross to the edge of the box which was despatched with malice by the inrushing Les Davies whose left footed strike was past Pritchard before he could react!  Before the restart Mark Connolly replaced Chris Priest in midfield.
   The heat and humidity were growing factors as both sides frequently sought drinks.  But City were not prepared to go the motions.  On 86 minutes the mercurial Paul Roberts ran the ball at the Llanelli goal before supplying Frank Mottram who finished well from the left via the post.  There was still time for Mottram and substitute Mark Connolly to go close before Referee Richards brought an end to proceedings.
   Manager Peter Davenport must have been pleased with the eventual scoreline both in terms of the goals scored and a clean sheet.
Bangor:  Paul Whitfield, Clayton Blackmore, Gareth Evans, Peter Hoy, EifionJones, Chris Priest, Morgan Jones, Owain Jones,
Paul Roberts, Frank Mottram, Les Davies.  Subs:  Chris Short, Gary Parr, Mark Connolly

Llanelli:  Pritchard, James, Crabbe, Phillips, Bowden, Shannon, Wright, Wigg, Fahey, Aspell, Watkins
Subs:  Jones,
MoM Bangor City
Paul Roberts
MoM Llanelli
Chris Watkins
Match Referee
Andy Richards