BANGOR CITY MATCH REPORTS 2013-14
 
MATCH REPORT ARCHIVE







2012-13

reports from phase two fixtures


24 18 January 2014
Aberystwyth 3 v 3 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Black & Green
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  SCORERS
  Chris Venables 2
  Geoff Kellaway
  
 



 Aberystwyth Town






















Bangor City

1
 Mike Lewis




Lee Idzi  1
3
 Antonio Corbisiero




Dec Walker  2
16
 Craig Williams




Chris Roberts
3
17
 Tom Shaw




Michael Johnston
4
5
 Stuart Jones




Anthony Miley
6
18
 Wyn Thomas




Ryan Edwards
20
7
 Chris Venables




Joe Culshaw
14
14
 Krys Narborski




Damien Allen
19
9
 Mark Jones




Les Davies
9
10
 Geoff Kellaway




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Cledan Davies




Sion Edwards
11


19
 Rhydian Davies




Nick Bould
13
31
 Jamie Butler




Iolo Hughes 18
12
 Start Frazer




Corey Jones (90) for 10 Petrie  22
8
 Bari Morgan




Gerwyn Jones (92) for 11 Ed'ds  17
7
 Sion James




Jamie McDaid (57) for 14 Culs'  15


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 COLOURS
  Blue
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  SCORERS
  Sion Edwards 2
  Les Davies
  
  

   Bangor fought back from an early two goal deficit to claim and draw and with it the all important point which secures a top six finish.
 
The pre match news concerned Chris and Rob Jones who were laid low by illness. Chris Roberts came in at leftback with Joe Culshaw switching to a central  midfield holding position.
  
But it was Aber who started on the front foot and threatened to run away with the game. Attacking the Dias Stand they won a couple of early corners with Stuart Jones heading high over from the second. Either side of ten minutes first Mark Jones and then Chris Venables went close.
  So it was no great surprise that the home side took the lead inside twelve minutes. Geoff Kellaway latched onto Stuart Jones knock down to crash home from the edge of the box to the delight of the home fans behind the goal.  Aber forced a third corner as City were pushed backwards on on 17 minutes it was two nil.
  This time it was the lanky Chris Venables who pounced on some dreadful defending to beat Lee Idzi from ten hards out. Blues boss Nev Powell must have wondered what was happening and demanded a response from the Citizens.
  It came just two minutes after Venables strike. Some powerful play from Dec Walker resulted in a Bangor corner from the right which left footer Sion Edwards swung in - and with goalkeeper Mike Lewis in the back of the net - the ball went straight in. The former Afan Lido glovesman was shown the yellow card for his complaints but the goal stood.
  Boosted by this goal Bangor now got into the game. Ryan Edwards crossed low but no one anticipated before Les Davies shot goalwards from twenty yards but Lewis saved. On the half hour Aber forced their fourth corner but Lee Idzi saved and moments later it was his opposite number who pulled off a great stop to palm away Dec Walker fierce riving drive from the right.
  With twelve minutes to go before the break City drew level. Damien Allen swung the ball over from the right, Sion Edwards challenged and the ball fell to Les Davies who drilled home through Lewis' legs from eight yards. Three minutes later the big striker might have put Bangor ahead but his guided header was saved by goalkeeper Lewis with feet.
  Two minutes before half time Mark Jones and Chris Venables charged at the Bangor goal but Damien Allen's perfectly timed challenged snuffed out the danger and moments later both side marched off with the visiting camp clearly the happier with the two all scorelines.

HALF TIME 2-2
  No changes at the interval.
  Within fifty seconds of the restart Aber went ahead once more. Craig Williams broke down the left and his volleyed cross bounced beyond Mark Jones for Chris Venables who late run allowed him to slide the ball past Lee Idzi from the far post.
  The home side were in the ascedancy once more and won a couple more corners before, ten minutes after the restart, leftback Chris Roberts lashed wide from twenty yards for City.
  Former Llanelli winger Craig Williams shot from the left edge of the box and with a goal looking certain the ball veered wide and City breathed a sigh of relief. On 57 minutes midfield anchorman Joe Culshaw made way for young striker Jamie McDaid as City switched from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 as the situation dictated.  But it was Aber and more specifically Geoff Kellaway who went close but he sliced wide after an inviting short pass from Corbisiero on the right edge of the box.
  Midway through the half Cledan Davies crossed and with a hatrick for the taking Chris Venables headed wide from six yards.
  And how he would rue that miss as two minutes later with 21 left to play City were awarded a freekick to the left, infront of the clubhouse. Dec Walker delivered with pace and Sion Edwards measured his looping header to perfection and Lewis was beaten all ends up.  Three all.
  Referee Markham Jones now got into the action with a number of yellow cards. On 72 mins it was Geoff Kellaway for a foul on Damien Allen on the half way line. Five minutes later Tom Shaw went into the book for a cynical trip on Jamie Petrie.
  Both sides won corners but neither came to anything. With ten minutes to go young Jamie McDaid raced clear to the right and squared the ball unselfishly for Les Davies but the hugely impressive Nalborski cleared. Moments later as Aber countered experienced midfielder Antonio Corbisiero fired wide from outside the box.
  Now it was Bangor's turn to feel the wrath of the sturdy official as Sion Edwards and then Dec Walker had their names taken.
  With a minute left to play Corey Jones came on for Jamie Petrie and moments later the fourth official indicated three minutes of added time lay ahead. But in that split second Mark Jones fired low on goal and Lee Idzi pulled off a tremendous low save to keep the scores level.
  In added time Gerwyn Jones came on for Sion Edwards and after delaying over a throw in Damien Allen joined the names in the book but moments later few worried as the final whistle blew on a well earned point for Bangor on a heavy Park Avenue pitch.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Sion Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Krys Nalborksi
  REFEREE
Markham Jones
  ATTENDANCE
672


23 14 January 2014
Bala Town 1 v 0 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Black & White
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  SCORERS
  Mark Connolly
 
  
 



 Bala Town






















Bangor City

1  Ashley Morris




Lee Idzi  1
16
 Tony Davies




Dec Walker  2
4  Stuart Jones



Joe Culshaw
14
12  Dave Morley




Michael Johnston
4
5  Ryan Valentine




Anthony Miley
6
20
 Kenny Lunt




Damien Allen
19
6  Conal Murtagh




Chris Jones
7
17
 Stephen Brown




Rob Jones
8
28  Kieran Smith




Les Davies
9
10  Ian Sheridan




Ryan Edwards
20
7  Mark Connolly




Sion Edwards
11


23
 Matty Boswell




Corey Jones
22

 Danny Collins




Jamie McDaid (76) for 7 Jones  14
3
 Ben Collins




Jamie Petrie (80) for 14 Culshaw  10
8
 Mark Jones




Iolo Hughes  16

 Sean Thornton (81) for 7 Con'ly



John Littlemore 
22
 Ryan Jones






24
 Chris Mason (93) for 20 Lunt







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 COLOURS
  Red
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  SCORERS
  
 
  
  

   Bala sealed this hard fought win with a second half goal from veteran midfielder Mark Connolly.
  And in the wet and worsening conditions it was Bala who enjoyed the lions share of the first half but could not score. Bangor attacking the far end, the tree lined end, with the home side heading towards the shed.
 
The first chance fell to former Crewe midfielder Kenny Lunt whose shot was deflected over for a corner before
one time Airbus striker Ian Sheridan fired over.
  On twenty minutes Bangor won a couple of corners on the right, both delivered by Sion Edwards, but Bala had to rely on a good save from Ashley Morris to keep out the blues' winger's shot.
  Bangor took the corner tally to four but it was Bala who threatened. The home side looked to send the pacey Kieran Smith running at Joe Culshaw as often as possible with the former Wrexham youngster busy for much of the first period.
  Ten minutes before the interval though Les Davies went close for Bangor wit former blue Dave Morley standing up for the home defence, but moments later Bala thought they had the lead when Ian Sheridan netted but an eagle eyed assistant had spotted he was offside and City had a freekick.
  Bangor were forced to defend on the treacerous Maes Tegid surface with Michael Johnston and Anthony Miley at full stretch to keep the home side at bay.
  Ashley Morris saved at Chris Jones feet but as half time closed in Bala went close through Dave Morley whose header seemed to hit the woodwork and Mark Connolly who nodded off target. In the closing minutes Kieran Smith fired on target but Lee Idzi was able to save comfortably.
  The home side had reason to feel disappointed that their clearer chances had not yielded a goal whilst Bangor could feel relieved and ready to step up their efforts after a warm dry break.
HALF TIME  0-0
  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor now attacking the shed end with a good number of blues fans sheltering from the elements behind Ashley Morris' goal.
  Within a couple of minutes Sion Edwards forced Morris to punch the ball away as his clean strike threatened the blank scoreline and Bangor started to push the Lakesiders back towards the blue horde.
  Goalkeeper Ashley Morris pulled off a great acrobatic stop from Les Davies' header and as Bala struggled to clear Sion Edwards also went close.  Moments later Chris Jones saw his effort hacked away after good approach play involving Sion Edwards and Damien Allen.
  On the hour Bangor forced fifth corner of the evening but Rob Jones could not force the ball home. But on 62 minutes and perhaps against the run of play Bala had the lead. Midfielder Mark Connolly shot from the right edge of the box and celebrated as the ball sped over Lee Idzi and into the far corner of the net.
  Bangor tried to respond but Dec Walker headed well over from Damien Allen's cross. Bala responded once more and Sheridan pounced on some slack defending but lifted his shot over from fifteen yards.
  With twenty minutes left to play Sion Edwards crossed but Chris Jones found the ball stuck by his feet and Bala cleared.
  Bala were now blatantly timewasting to the immense frustration of the sodden Bangor players. On 76 minutes the first substitution of the evening in the form of Jamie McDaid who replaced Chris Jones. Within minutes the teenager had an effort saved by Morris.
  With ten minutes left on the clock Bala sent on Sean Thornton for goalscorer Connolly and Bangor withdrew leftback Culshaw in favour of former Connahs Quay striker Jamie Petrie. Bangor built up a measure of pressure which saw corners seven and eight come and go as the second of these resulted in Rob Jones shooting well wide.
  On 85 minutes Ryan Edwards slid the ball across from the right but Jamie McDaid lofted the half chance over. The final chance for City came on ninety minutes as Damien Allen steered his effort goalwards but too close to Morris who gathered comfortably.
  Three minutes of added time were signalled and midway through this meagre ration Bala sent on Chris Mason for Kenny Lunt and in fairness the official added more than thirty seconds to the time due but it changed nothing. Bala held on and might have doubled their lead when the little replacement saw his shot hit the post.
  So a single goal defeat for Bangor who now need a point at Aberystwyth at the weekend to be sure of a top six finish.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Michael Johnston
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Kieran Smith
  REFEREE
Kris Hames
  ATTENDANCE
238



22 4 January 2014
Bangor City 1 v 2 The New Saints
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
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  SCORERS
  Jamie McDaid
 
  
 



 Bangor City






















The New Saints

1
 Lee Idzi




Paul Harrison
1
2
 Dec Walker



Simon Spender
2
14
 Joe Culshaw



Chris Marriott
3
4  Michael Johnton



Phil Baker
4
8  Gerwyn Jones




Kai Edwards
6
19
 Damien Allen



Christian Seargeant
12
7
 Chris Jones




Aeron Edwards
23
20
 Ryan Edwards




Sam Finley
8
9  Les Davies




Greg Draper
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




Matty Williams
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Chris Jones
21


13
 Nick Bould




Connell Rawlinson
16
21
 John Littlemore



Jamie Mullen
14
16
 Iolo Hughes



Alex Darlington (70) for 9 Draper 20
15
 Jamie McDaid (65) for 10 Petrie



Ryan Fraughan
11
22
 Corey Jones



 Aaron Simms
19

 Craig Whelan



Ryan Kershaw


 Ieuan Lloyd







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 COLOURS
  Green & White
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  SCORERS
  Matty Williams
  Sam Finley
  
  

   After perhaps showing their full time visitors too much respect in the first half Bangor fought back to make a real game of it in the second.
 
With Anthony Miley suspended Bangor gave Gerwyn Jones a debut alongside Michael Johnston at the heart of the blues defence. The 22 year old barely put a foot wrong in an impressive display against dangerous opposition.
  The opening ten minutes were cagey as The New Saints dominated possession without testing the new look blues defence. The green hoops won a couple of early corners which Lee Idzi dealt with calmly.
  It was City though who forged the first opening. A foul on Chris Jones yielded a frekick which was chipped into the box and it was Gerwyn Jones who rose highest to head on but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
  The visitors continued to dominate possession with Ryan Edwards and Damien Allen working hard to disrupt the flow in midfield. A third corner was cleared but on 23 minutes Aeron Edwards fired low on goal and forced a decent save out of Lee Idzi. A fourth corner for the Park Hall side ended in Idzi again in the action, saving a toe poke from Sam Finley.
  On the half hour mark Bangor were awarded a freekick on the edge of the box for a foul on Les Davies. The crowd behind the goal anticipated a Dec Walker piledriver and they were not to be disappointed although Paul Harrison pulled off a fine save at his top right hand corner.
  Moments later The New Saints might have gone ahead but Greg Draper's mishit shot from the left trickled goalwards but bounced against the post and was cleared. Next Sam Finley hit the bar with a long range effort which bounced away to the relief of the Bangor contingent.
  As the visitors pressed and pushed Bangor back Gerwyn Jones stood firm with a couple of well timed challenges on the edge of the box to break up attacks and try and set City on the counter. But with just two minutes to the interval Bangor fell behind.
  With the ball seemingly becalmed on the right, by the Bangor dugout, Aeron Edwards found Sam Finley whose crossfield ball picked out former Rhyl striker Matty Williams on the left and his calm low finish beat Lee Idzi from ten yards.
  And that was just about the last meaningful incident of the first half which ended with Bangor trailing by that solitary strike.

HALF TIME 0-1
  No changes at the interval.
 
With City now attacking the Bangor End hopes were high of a fightback.
  But it was the visitors who went close as Aeron Edwards forced a close range save out of Lee Idzi and Greg Draper crashed the rebound against the p
ost. The danger continued as former Matty Williams fired over.
  On 65 minutes Bangor sent on Jamie McDaid for Jamie Petrie but within two minutes The New Saints went two nil ahead as one time Neath wide man Chris Jones picked Greg Draper whose lay off was seized on by Sam Finley who crashed the ball beyond Lee Idzi.
  On 69 minutes Bangor seized a lifeline as young substitute Jamie McDaid rifled the ball home from eight yards
after the Saints defence has failed to clear a Michael Johnston freekick from half way. This seems to energise bBangor players and supporters and unsettled the visitors defence.
  The New Saints responed by replacing Greg Draper with the pacey Alex Darlington but Michael Johnston and Gerwyn Jones kept their cool and patrolled the half way line to good effect.
  Les Davies laif the ball back to Dec Walker whose thirty yarder forced Paul Harrison to tip the ball over thebar but the visitors cleared from the corner.
  Bangor won a second corner which Les Davies headed over as optimism rose in the blue camp. With ten minutes to play a move down the left involving Jamie McDaid and Sion Edwards saw the left winger crash a low shot into the side netting from six yards.
  Five minutes from time Les Davies and leftback Chris Marriott were yellow carded for a disagreement which attacted Mr John's attention.
  As time ran out Bangor pressed the visitors back and from a third corner, won by Jamie McDaid. Gerwyn Jones' header clearly struck the arm of Aeron Edwards who appeared to control the ball momentarily. Despite being well placed Referee Dean John saw nothing and despite loud penalty claims the little Swansea whistler trotted off.
  That was about it for City with added time played and spent the final blast signalled the end and some disappointment for the blues faithful who had seen their young side fightback bravely to so nearly share the spoils.
  With two more games left before the six and six split Bangor still seem well in contention for both a top six place and to tilt at third place - all to play for.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Ryan Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Sam Finley
  REFEREE
Dean John
  ATTENDANCE
710


21 26 December 2013
Bangor City 4 v 2 Bala Town
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
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  SCORERS
  Sion Edwards
  Les Davies
  Jamie Petrie
  Anthony Miley



 Bangor City






















Afan Lido

1
 Lee Idzi




Ashley Morris
1
2
 Dec Walker



Dave Morley
12
14
 Joe Culshaw



Ben Collins
3
4  Michael Johnton



Stuart Jones
4
6  Anthony Miley




Ryan Valentine
5
19
 Damien Allen



Connall Murtagh
6
7
 Chris Jones




Mark Connolly
7
20
 Ryan Edwards




Mark Jones
8
9  Les Davies




Kenny Lunt
26
10
 Jamie Petrie




Ian Sheridan
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Kieran Smith
28


13
 Nick Bould




Lewis Codling (75) for 7 Conn'y  18
8
 Rob Jones (46) for 14 Culshaw



Tony Davies
16
18
 Luke Gibson



Steve Brown (63) for 28 Smith  17
16
 Iolo Hughes



Ryan Jones
22
21
 John Littlemore 



Chris Mason  24
22
 Corey Jones (91) for 7 Jones





15
 Jamie McDaid (80) for 10 Petrie







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 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  Stuart Jones
  Kieran Smith
  
  

   Bangor fought back from two nil down to beat Gwynedd rivals Bala Town 4-2 at Nantporth on Boxing Day.
  But it was far from easy!
 
The pre match news saw fit again Ryan Edwards recalled in midfield with Rob Jones on the bench.
  But that counted for very little inside three minutes as former
Crewe midfielder Kenny Lunt's freekick from just inside his own half was headed home by Stuart Jones from eight yards out to give the visitors a shock early lead.
  The shock turned to horror ten minutes later as Mark Connolly released Kieran Smith whose solo run and composed finish gave the black and whites a two nil advantage. It was the former Chester Nomads fourth goal of the season.
  Bangor were shaken and gradually they stirred. On 21 minutes Damien Allen squared for Sion Edwards to drill home beyond the despairing Lewis. With one Bangor left footer on the score sheet the other one responded. Chris Jones threatened but he was half stopped but the ball ran to Les Davies on the left edge of the box to unleash an unstoppable thunderbolt beyond the now helpless Lewis into the top righthand corner.
  And the half time score in damp conditions at Nantporth remained Bangor two Bala Town two.

HALF TIME 2-2
  One change at the interval as Rob Jones came on for Joe Culshaw.
 
Goalscorer Sion Edwards nearly doubled his tally with a long range effort that Morris nearly let slip home. Then Dec Walker smashed another shot from distance but this crashed into the billboards next to the goal.
  Former Wrexham defender Ryan Valentine went close for Bala and on the hour Steve Brown replaced goalscorer Smith in the visitors attack. Les Davies got his effort on target but Morris saved easily. The scoreline still even and very much all to play for.
  On 71 minutes Bangor took the lead for the first time.
  A Rob Jones long throw from the left was headed on by Les Davies for Jamie Petrie to head home from close range for his fifth goal of the season, all in the Welsh Premier. Bala boss Colin Caton, a powerful centre half in his playing days, must have wondered how the diminutive Petrie got the better of his experienced centrebacks.
  Four minutes later it was 4-2 to Bangor.  A Sion Edwards corner on the right was headed home by Anthony Miley to confirm  the win to the delight of the blues faithful behind the goal.
  Bala responded by replacing Mark Connolly with former Aberystwyth striker Lewis Codling and with ten minutes left on the clock young Jamie McDaid came on for goalscorer Jamie Petrie.
  The visitors rallied but could not get the better of the Bangor defence. In the four added minutes young Corey Jones replaced Chris Jones and referee Lee Evans blew for time with the two goal lead still intact.
  A hard fought win for Bangor which keeps City very much in the hunt for third place, despite the news that Newtown beat TNS at Latham Park. And a fine way to bring the year to an end..
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Les Davies
  MoTM OPPOSITION

  REFEREE
Lee Evans
  ATTENDANCE
618


20 21 December 2013
Bangor City 1 v 0 Afan Lido
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Les Davies
 
  
 



 Bangor City






















Afan Lido

1
 Lee Idzi




Craig Richards
13
2
 Dec Walker



Dean Hudson
2
14
 Joe Culshaw



Ryan Batley
3
4  Michael Johnton



Mark Crutch
4
6  Anthony Miley




Ian Hillier
34
19
 Damien Allen



Casey Thomas
36
7
 Chris Jones




Chris Hartland
7
8
 Rob Jones




Alex Gammond
17
9  Les Davies




Alex Chrysanthou
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




Keyon Reffel
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Kieran Howard
11


13
 Nick Bould




Scott McCoubrey (65) for 7 H'ld  16
18
 Luke Gibson



Paul Evans
25
16
 Iolo Hughes



Jamie Jones  32
21
 John Littlemore 



 
22
 Corey Jones





15
 Jamie McDaid (75) for 10 Petrie







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 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  
  
  
  

   A late late winner settled this north v south encounter on a wind swept afternoon on the banks of the Menai Straits.
   With Ryan Edwards laid low by food poisoning manager Powell went for the minimum number of changes from the team which drew at Prestatyn.
 
And despite playing into the fierce wind it worked well with City carving enough chances to have taken a half time lead.
 
To set the scene, the wind was blowing from the Bridge End and it was in Afan Lido's favour in the first half. And to be fair to the south coast visitors they did not look like a team bottom of the table for much of the afternoon.
  After Jamie Petrie and then Dec Walker went close for Bangor from outside the box it was a Ryan Batley header from six yards which first tested Lee Idzi. Bangor pushed forward once more with Les Davies denied from six yards after Dec Walker carved an opening for Jamie Petrie to cross from the right. Moments later Dec Walker firedover from outside the box.
  On 22 minutes leftback Joe Culshaw was yellow carded - the first of eight - for a foul on Alex Chrysanthou. Then Dec Walker cut in from the right but lifted his left footer over Craig Richards' crossbar.
  Bangor had a grip in midfield thanks to Rob Jones and Damien Allen with Lido resistance co-ordinated by Kieran Howard sporting a very impressive beard.
  Yet on the half hour Lido should have gone ahead. Lanky number ten Keyon Reffel sped down the left and pulled the ball back invitingly for Alex Chrysanthou but he sliced well wide form twelve yards out with the goal beckoning. Phew!
  After a couple of Bangor corners Chris Jones tested Richards with an overhead shot which he did well to keep out before the rampaging Dec Walker headed just wide before in the final moments of the first half the former Wrexham defender crashed a twenty yarder wide. Inbetween, the all action figure of Damien Allen also fired over into the wind. Alex Gammond was cautioned for a foul on Rob Jones as Bangor pressed and pressed for the all important breakthrough goal.
  City had totted up seven corner to one despite the elements in the opening period but to no avail.

HALF TIME 0-0
  No changes at the interval.
 
At the interval even the hardiest blues followers sought shelter as the wind strengthened and the rain fell more persistently.
  Lido had the first chance as Alex Gammond shot across goal but from then on it was pretty much one way traffic with Rob Jones going close before Sion Edwards rained several shots on and off target which kept Richards busy in the deluge. These included a powerful 35 yarder saved by Richards, a 30 yard effort which smashed just wide and a speculative but threatening missile fired from fully 45 yards!
  Bangor won a ninth corner of the afternoon but Dec Walker headed just over before Sion Edwards fired just wide from 35 yards.

  The Nantporth surface was in remarkable condition as the weather worsened further still  Ryan Batley was carded for a foul on Sion Edwards before Dec Walker forced a good save from Richards which brought about a tenth corner.
  Lido dangerman Chris Hartland cut a subdued figure throughout and it was no surprise when he was replaced on 65 minutes with young Scott McCoubrey trotting on. Two minutes later a half cleared freekick dropped to Rob Jones but he fired wide.
  Anthony Miley was shown the yellow card for a foul on half way but moments later, with some fifteen minutes to go Referee Petch had to consult with linesman Steve Hughes after Reffel appeared to spark an ugly scene but the cards shown were yellow rather than red. Reffel in particular could have walked.
  Moments later young Jamie McDaid came on for Jamie Petrie and his fine run set up Damien Allen but he fired over.
  Reffel was still on and still a threat with his pace and it took a last ditch sliding tackle from Michael Johnston to halt his progress as Lido countered. In the closing ten minutes Bangor took their corner tally up from ten to sixteen but with Richards and his defence standing firm it looked like they would frustrate City.
  And then in the second minute of the two added a foul by Mark Crutch on Dec Walker on the right, twetny yards out, yellow card and freekick. The kick was arched over left footed by Sion Edwards for Les Davies to head home from six yards to the delight of the blues and disbelief of the reds. Despite the raging gale the players celebrated in style!
  There was scarcely time for the game to restart before the referee blew - and conditions worsened further still - but no one in blue cared too much as City players celebrated noisily on the pitch. There were happy scenes in the stand too!
  After the whistle a hardened Bangor fan observed that it was hard not to feel sorry for the visitors who faced a long miserable trip home.
  True enough - but rather them than us!

  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Dec Walker
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Craig Richards
  REFEREE
Mark Petch
  ATTENDANCE
356



19 14 December 2013
Prestatyn 0 v 0 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Prestatyn Town






















Bangor City

1
 Dave Roberts




Lee Idzi  1
2
 Chris Davies




Dec Walker  2
3
 Jack Lewis




Joe Culshaw
14
20
 Rhys Owen




Michael Johnston
4
24
 Tommy Holmes




Anthony Miley
6
22
 Rhys Lewis




Ryan Edwards
20
7
 Michael Parker




Chris Jones
7
8
 Neil Gibson




Damien Allen
19
9
 Andy Parkinson




Les Davies
9
17
 Carl Murray




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Ross Stephens




Sion Edwards
11


26
 Simon Williams




Nick Bould
13
12
 Alex Jones



Luke Gibson  14
21
 Kieran Ellis (68) for 17 Murray



Iolo Hughes  18
19
 Luke Astley




Corey Jones  17
15
 Nial Butler




Rob Jones (46) for 14 Culshaw  8
18
 Craig Griffiths




John Littlemore  21
14
 Reece Fairhurst




Jamie McDaid (76) for 10 Petrie 15


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 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
  

   All the talk of a depleted Prestatyn side counted for nothing on a day ruined by high winds and a splattering of rain at Bastion Gardens.
 
And in fairness a draw was probably a fair result.
  Bangor playe
d the first half attacking the social club end with the wind at their backs. Prestatyn opted to deploy Michael Parker at centre half alongside Tommy Holmes and brought in Carl Murray upfront. To be fair to Parker he did a decent job of marking Les Davies upon his return to the blues starting line up.
  What made the wind more difficult was that it tended to gust and then drop unpredictably towards the club end and whip the ball away on the dry bouncy Bastion Gardens pitch.
  What Prestatyn had off to a fine art in that first period was time wa
sting and the weak figure of long distance whistler Mark Whitby had not the slightest interest in pressing them - and goalkeeper Dave Roberts in particular - into any form of haste until three minutes from the break! He could do nothing about the home goalkeepers tactic of clubbing the ball out of the ground.
  Having said that Bangor did not do enough to test Roberts. The re-instated Les Davies sent a couple of long range efforts well wide in the opening quarter. Sion Edwards worked the keeper with a high shot which was easily saved but gradually the home side got to grips with the elements and forced Bangor back.
  On the half hour Prestatyn won their second corner which Tommy Holmes flicked on to the wizened Andy Parkinson but he fired into the side netting. Five minutes later City won their second flag kick but this time Anthony Miley headed wide.
  Ten minutes before the interval a very harsh yellow card for Les Davies as he collided with Dave Roberts whilst chasing a high bouncing ball into the box. Both players went for the ball and a collision was inevitable. Why book one and not both? Bizarre. After some treatment Roberts was fit to continue - he made nothing of the incident in fairness - but Whitby had set heads shaking amongst the blue contingent yet again.
  Five  minutes later Jamie Petrie passed to Damien Allen but his first time chip flew over from 25 yards and in the final action of the first half Ross Stephens' header unsettled Lee Idzi but City scrambled clear. The half time whistle brought a welcome respite for both sides and for the hosts the thought that kicking the ball out over the little stand had been an effective tactics in the face of the unrelenting wind.

HALF TIME 0-0
  One change at the interval as Bangor sent on midfielder Rob Jones in place of leftback Joe Culshaw.
  The defence now comprised a back three with the extra man Rob Jones pushed into midfield. To be fair this worked well and City certainly played more controlled football into the wind. Rob Jones raced past Michael Parker on the right, appeared to be scythed down, but Referee Whitby waved play on. This would have meant a penalty and red card but nothing doing..
  City won a freekick on the left which Dec Walker liked the look of but his powerful drive cannoned against the wall. Left winger Sion Edwards fired goalwards from a central position but Neil Gibson blocked bravely and the ball looped up to goalkeeper Roberts. Moments later Gbson ran at the Bangor defence but sent a weak shot directly at Lee Idzi.
  Les Davies raced down the left wing, beyond Chris Davies and Rhys Lewis but no City forward could get on the end of his inviting low cross.
Moments later the lumbering Holmes was yellow carded for a foul on the Bangor number nine but the freekick came to nothing.
  With 68 minutes gone young Kieran Lewis replaced Carl Murray who had worked hard upfront for Prestatyn.
  Sion Edwards shot powerfully but into the side netting before Michael Parker's lofted clearance bounced alarmingly and forced Lee Idzi to push the ball away for a corner. With fifteen minutes left Jamie McDaid came on for Jamie Petrie and moments later Rob Jones picked up a yellow card for a foul on Rhys Lewis.
  By now Bangor management, players and supporters had reached a point of fury with the linesman on the blues attacking right whose interpretation of the offside rule was at odds with the wider football world.
  As time ran out Prestatyn used the wind to good effect but with Anthony Miley once more oustanding Bangor held out, blues keeper Lee Idzi saved well from one Ross Stephens effort. Bangor boss Powell could feel pleased with his change of formation which certainly contributed to the defensive solidity by stemming the supply from midfield.
  There was still time for player manager Neil Gibson to slide into Lee Idzi after the ball had been cleared but Referee Whitby opted to keep his yellow card warm.
 
So a goalless draw, a game dominated by a wind strong enough to worry caravan owners and set trampolines bouncing.
  In reality both sides did their best in difficult conditions and both managers will find solace in the point won, be it with players missing or one gained away from home.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Anthony Miley
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Michael Parker
  REFEREE
Mark Whitby
  ATTENDANCE
501


18 7 December 2013
Rhyl 1 v 2 Bangor City
The Welsh Cup
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 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  Steve Lewis
 
  
 



 Rhyl






















Bangor City

1
 Alex Ramsay




Lee Idzi  1
2
 Matty Woodward




Dec Walker  2
3
 Liam Benson




Joe Culshaw
14
4
 Chris Rimmer




Michael Johnston
4
14
 Ryan Astles




Anthony Miley
6
16
 Danny Laverty




Ryan Edwards
20
34
 Mike Walsh




Chris Jones
7
8
 Paul McManus




Rob Jones
8
9
 Steve Lewis




Damien Allen
19
17
 Dave Forbes




Jamie Petrie
10
22
 Tom Roberts




Sion Edwards
11


5
 Stefan Halewood




Nick Bould
13
21  Jason Oswell 



Luke Gibson  14
19
 Jon Bathurst (75) for 9 Lewis



Iolo Hughes 18
12
 Tom Donegan (78) for 16 Lav'ty



John Littlemore  21
6
 Mark Powell




Jamie McDaid (64) for 8 Jones  15


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 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  Anthony Miley
  Sion Edwards
  
  

   A winner late into added time at the end of the match decided this end to end cup tie which settled the bragging rights in North Wales for a few weeks at least.
 
And more importantly for Bangor it keeps the season very much alive ahead of a Fourth Round trip to Airbus in early February 2014.
 
City kicked off attacking the Grange Road End (main entrance) with a breeze at their backs. With Ryan Edwards and the blues midfield quicker off the mark Bangor gained the early initiative which saw an overhit freekick from Sion Edwards sail over but the hosts carved out a half chance which Tom Roberts blazed well over from the edge of the box.
   City won their first corner which came to nothing but Sion Edwards quickly brought Alex Ramsay into the action with a low shot which the promising young 'keeper saved to his right. Minutes later Paul McManus crossed for Rhyl's second corner of the afternoon but no one could get a vital touch and the danger passed.
   Bangor continued with the tactic of exposing the lumbering Astles as left back Benson seemed unwilling to cover and forced a third and fourth corner down the right. Then on 25 minutes Jamie Petrie crossed low to the near post but the inrushing Rob Jones just failed to make contact.
   City were the better team now and seemed sure to score. Alex Ramsay had been man of the match a week earlier and his double save to deny first Chris Jones and then Sion Edwards again caught the eye. Within a minute though The Lilywhites had the lead.
   Midfielder Danny Laverty ran into the box from the right and was tackled by Damien Allen who clearly slid the ball out for a corner. Referee Bryn Markham Jones guessed otherwise and awarded a penalty. The noisy Rhyl fans behind Lee Idzi's goal greeted the penalty award and then celebrated loudly as Steve Lewis converted the spot kick for a one nil lead twelve minutes before the break.
   Rob Jones shot wide from the right as City pushed forward with a sense of injustice. Sion Edwards fired on target from 25 yards but again Ramsay saved. Then with two minutes to go to half time the hapless Astles handled and Sion Edwards crossed the freekick from the right onto the head of unmarked Anthony Miley who nodded home from six yards.
  That was the final moment of note of the first half as the teams left the field level at one all.
HALF TIME 1-1
  No changes at the interval.
  The first action of the second period saw Damien Allen shoot goalwards but Ramsay saved. Then Steve Lewis bustled into the box from the left but his shot crashed into the side netting. This heralded a period of pressure by the home side who made the power and height tell and pushed City back onto their own line at times.
  First Astles headed on goal but Lee Idzi saved from Rhyl's fifth corner of the afternoon then the Brecon glovesman used his legs to deny Dave Forbes. The Lilywhites went closer still moments later when a sixth home corner resulted in chaos in the blues six yard area with Forbes and Lewis going close before Lee Idzi gratefully pounced on the ball.
  This prompted manager Nev Powell to send on Jamie McDaid in place of Rob Jones with 25 minutes to go but it was the calm figure of Anthony Miley who stepped in to deny Laverty as the midfielder drove into the Bangor box. With fifteen minutes left on the clock Jon Bathurst came on for Steve Lewis to the relief of City followers.
   Immediately City with a cross which Alex Ramsay flapped at and Jamie McDaid fired goalwards but Rimmer blocked. Then Rhyl pushed forward once more with Lee Idzi saving well from Laverty who was the pick of the hosts midfielders. And yet oddly it was Laverty who made way moments later for high profile signing Tom Donegan.
   The young substitute forced a couple of decent saves from Lee Idzi as the home side pressed for the all important second goal. Rhyl won and sent over a seventh and final corner which Ryan Astles headed wide and the fourth official indicated just two minutes would be added after the ninety.
   Bangor played out from rightback with Michael Johnston passing to Joe Culshaw who had enjoyed his best performance so far in the blue shirt. He passed to the left for Damien Allen who ran infield before seeking out to Sion Edwards but his progress was stopped by rightback Woodward whose tackle led to a thrown in midway inside the Rhyl half on the Bangor left.
   Damien Allen threw the ball infield to Sion Edwards who cut left to right, passed first Roberts and then Mike Walsh and as Astles came out to attempt a challenge the left winger slotted home right footed with goalkeeper Ramsay glued ot the spot. This was a late late strike from the hugely impressive and increasingly mature wide man more noted of late for his 30 yard specials!
   Referee Markham Jones rightly - if agonisingly - added another minute to the two displayed to allow for Bangor's on pitch celebrations but City stood firm and the whistle finally blew on a hard fought but deserved away win.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Sion Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Danny Laverty
  REFEREE
Bryn Markham Jones
  ATTENDANCE
550



17 30 November 2013
Rhyl 0 v 0 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Rhyl






















Bangor City

1
 Alex Ramsay




Lee Idzi  1
2
 Matty Woodward




Dec Walker  2
3
 Liam Benson




Joe Culshaw
14
4
 Chris Rimmer




Michael Johnston
4
14
 Ryan Astles




Anthony Miley
6
6
 Mark Powell




Ryan Edwards
20
22
 Tom Roberts




Chris Jones
7
34
 Michael Walsh




Rob Jones
8
8
 Paul McManus




Damien Allen
15
19
 Jon Bathurst




Jamie Petrie
10
21
 Jason Oswell




Sion Edwards
11


9
 Dave Forbes




Nick Bould
13
17
 Steve Lewis (46) for 19 Bathurst



Luke Gibson  14
16
 Danny Laverty (46) for 6 Powell



Iolo Hughes 18
5
 Stefan Halewood




Corey Jones  22

 Tom Donegan




Jamie McDaid  15

 Niki Lee Bulmer




John Littlemore  21


-
 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
  

   This goalless draw was far from drab and would have been an away win for Bangor but for a Man of The Match display by home goalkeeper Alex Ramsay.
 
City were able to re-instate Dec Walker at rightback and chose to leave out young Jamie McDaid in a 4-5-1 formation that served them well.
 
Attacking the main entrance end Bangor won a corner inside thirty seconds but could not threaten the home goal before Jon Bathurst fired well over eighty yards away. A second corner followed on five minutes before loud claims for a penalty against the veteran Mark Powell when the ball clearly did strike his hand on the edge of the box. Seen them given, seen them not.
  The extra man in midfield gave Bangor the edge and forced former blue Mike Walsh to resort to a series of pushes and pulls whichconfirmed that City dominated possession. But on twenty minutes little Paul McManus pounced on the ball on the edge of the box. His shot though was half blocked by Damien Allen and caught by Lee Idzi.
  City continued to press, Ryan Edwards and Rob Jones getting the better of the midfield scrap with Damien Allen passing the ball around pretty much at will. A fourth corner for the blues came and went but minutes later young Tom Roberts, once of Aston Villa, shot right footed from distance but Lee Idzi again saved comfortably. Then Jason Oswell shot but Michael Johnston blocked.
  Bangor pushed forward once more with the impressive Sion Edwards seeing his shot turned away. The team swapped corners with City forcing a good save from Alex Ramsay then on the half hour the wandering Chris Jones crossed low from the righth but Jamie Petrie turned his first time effort just wide.
  Rhyl responed and Jason Oswell should have done better on the left but he hesitated and City cleared. Ten minutes before the break a Bangor freekick 35 yards out on the left was crossed by Sion Edwards but Rob Jones headed over as he back peddled beyond the far post.
  A sixth Bangor corner needlessly conceded by Matty Woodward came to nothing. Mike Walsh fouled Rob Jones and up stepped Sion Edwards to curl a goalbound effort into the top righthand corner but Ramsay pulled off a superb fingertip save to keep the scoreline blank.
  In added time another foul by Mike Walsh, again on Rob Jones, and this time for former Nomad took responsibility himself but sent the freekick well over and Referee Whitby - who had done nothing wrong of note - blew for the break
HALF TIME 0-0
  A double change before the restart as Rhyl manager Greg Strong took off both midfielder Mark Powell and striker Jon Bathurst with Danny Laverty and Steve Lewis coming on.
  And to some degree it worked. Certainly Laverty added some mobility to the midfield and Lewis proved a handful.
  Ten minutes after the restart Jamie Petrie chased a ball into the box which Ramsay shephered out. Rhyl won a third corner of the afternoon which led to penalty claims for a foul on Oswell but nothing doing. Consistency a fine thing by an official. On the hour Bangor might have gone ahead. Sion Edwards robbed the one paced Rimmer and slid in Jamie Petrie but the big centreback got back to clear off the line with Chris Jones lurking at the back post.
  On 64 minutes a yellow card for Jason Oswell who was promptly replaced by Dave Forbes as Rhyl go for big and big upfront.
  Within minutes young Ramsay was forced into the action again as Sion Edwards fed Jamie Petrie but the Llanfyllin glovesman was up to the task. Next up the rampaging Dec Walker ran at the heart of the home defence but fired over from twenty yards. With nineteen minutes left Rhyl countered and won a fourth corner which substitute Forbes headed well over.  Moments later Lewis cut in from the left and Lee Idzi was forced to save with his feet for a fifth corner to The Lilywhites but City repelled their lofty assailants.
  With fifteen minutes to go a great save by Ramsay as Chris Jones pounced on a comedy error by Chris Rimmer whose wild clearance struck Paul McManus and ran to the Nefyn marksman. Ramsay rushed out and spread himself Schmeichel style but saved with his nose which bled profusely and a lengthy stoppage ensued. The goalkeeper was yellow carded for comments passed.
  Ten to go as Anthny Miley won a ninth corner for Bangor but within seconds Rhyl broke for Steve Lewis to charge into the box and finish off with an impressive dive. Penalty claimed the home fans. No said Mr Whitby and brandished a yellow card at the burly striker. Well done again to the whistler.
  Sion Edwards shot over on the turn before at the ninety minute mark Jamie McDaid came on for Chris Jones. Five minutes were added, mainly due to the nose injury, but as the whistle drew near it was Rhyl who pressed and City who cleared to finish off the first ever goalless draw between the two sides in the Welsh Premier.
  So honours even, a goalkeeping display to be proud of by young Ramsay and a good away point for City.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Ryan Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Alex Ramsay
  REFEREE
Mark Whitby
  ATTENDANCE
869



16 23 November 2013
Bangor City 2 v 1 Newtown
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Sion Edwards
  Chris Jones
  
 



 Bangor City






















Newtown

1
 Lee Idzi




Chris Mullock
31
20
 Ryan Edwards



Craig Williams
26
14
 Joe Culshaw



Shane Sutton
6
4  Michael Johnton



Kieran Mills Evans
5
6  Anthony Miley




Max Penk
3
19
 Damien Allen



Matt Hearsey
7
7
 Chris Jones




Matthew Cook
8
8
 Rob Jones




Tom Goodwin
20
15
 Jamie McDaid




Luke Boundford
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




Jeff White
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Sean Evans
18


13
 Nick Bould




Zac Evans (83) for 20 Goodwin  11
18
 Luke Gibson



Ian Edmunds
15
16
 Iolo Hughes



Jamie O'Neill  14
21
 John Littlemore (90) for 15 McD



Callum Wright (83) for 10 White  16
22
 Corey Jones



Mike Platt
1


-

 COLOURS
  Yellow & Black
-
  SCORERS
  Luke Boundford
  
  
  

   A tale of two halves, one dominated by the visitors and the other by Bangor. And a truly fantastic goal from Sion Edwards..
   With Dec Walker injured City opted to move Ryan Edwards to rightback but luckily had Damien Allen fit to resume in his midfield role. Upfront Jamie McDaid started alongside Jamie Petrie as City attacked the Bridge End on a still and quite mild November afternoon at Nantporth.
  Inside two minutes Sion Edwards tested loanee goalkeeper Mullock with a clean low drive before Robins leftback Max Penk ballooned his effort over moments later. Both sides won and wasted corners but gradually the visitors got a grip on proceedings and City were forced to defend. Anthony Miley and Michael Johnston stood strong with Ryan Edwards also nipping in for some important interceptions as Newtown imposed their passing game around Matty Cook and Tom Goodwin.
  On twenty minutes Anthony Miley was shown the yellow card for a mistimed tackle but, as tends to happen, moments later Newtown rightback Craig Williams did much the same before kicking the ball away, but with no action taken. Rob Jones gathered the ball thirty yards out but his ambtious shot flew well wide.
  With Matty Cook and Tom Goodwin doing well in midfield the Mid Wales side pushed forward and it was no surprise when they took the lead on the half hour. Sean Evans released Craig Williams on the right, he crossed and Luke Boundford netted at the second attempt after Lee Idzi had done well to keep out his intiial header.
  Minutes later Michael Johnston was carded for a trip on half way before Sean Evans ran clear to the left but sent a weak effort wide of Lee Idzi and the Bangor goal. As time started to run out Bangor managed to get a toehold in the game.
With seven minutes left until the break Jamie Petrie cut in and Shane Sutton deflected his shot out for a second corner which gave home fans something to cheer. But Newtown, with Mills-Evans and Sutton strong in the air, cleared.
  On the balance of play City might have taken a single goal deficit at the interval. But no one had talked that through with left winger Sion Edwards who turned on the right, stepped infield and unleashed an unbelievable dipping volley from 35 yards which left goalkeeper Mullock motionless and for once speechless. Another great goal from Sion whose personal "Goal of the Season" competition is a class apart.
  One minute of added time came to nothing and the teams ran off at one all with Bangor clearly the happier with a level scoreline..
HALF TIME 1-1
    No changes at the interval.
   But buoyed by that fantastic goal before the break it was Bangor who pushed forward towards the City End. The first threat though came from a Newtown corner which City promptly cleared upfield for Jamie McDaid to run at the centrebacks before finding Sion Edwards who shot was blocked and McDaid's follow up pouched low by Mullock.
  Newtown though were left shaking their heads in disbelief moments later as Lee Idzi pulled off an astonishing triple save at his left post from Tom Goodwin and then Jeff White twice before help arrived and the ball was whacked away. City won a third corner of the afternoon and Ryan Edwards' shot was deflected to Jamie Petrie but Newtown cleared.
  On 53 minutes Bangor had a penalty. Chris Jones crossed from the right and Jamie Petrie's header was handled by Max Penk who was yellow carded for his sins. Up stepped Chris Jones whose low drive down the middle beat Chris Mullock and smashed into the back of the net for a two one lead.
  Robins winger Sean Evans saw his low shot spin across goal and to safety before young Caernarfon striker Jamie McDaid started to show his vast potential for City. First he sped round Mills Evans and crossed for Sion Edwards whose shot was blocked. Then more of the same past the floundering Mills Evans but this time Chris Jones sliced wide from the edge of the box.
  By now Chris Jones was finding gaps the in the visitors defence, Damien Allen was prominent in midfield and the visitors seemed to have all but run out of steam. In particular young Goodwin who had enjoyed a busy first half.
  Midway through the half McDaid again round the defence on the left - Mills Evans pulling him back all the way -  and this time Rob Jones sliced wide then with twenty minutes to go Chris Jones slid the ball through for Jamie McDaid to the right but Mullock dashed off his line to crash the ball out for a goal kick.
  On 73 minutes young Joe Culshaw was carded for a foul on the rampaging - but often not recovering - Craig Williams which brought about a freekick which Bangor cleared. With seven minutes to go a last throw of the dice for The Robins as Zac Evans and Callum Wright came on in place of Tom Goodwin and Jeff White.
  Newtown won a late corner but again Bangor stood firm and in added time John Littlemore replaced Jamie McDaid with the young striker receiving a standing ovation as he left the field. Well done. The nineteen year old had run the Newtown defence ragged in the second half and played a big part in the Bangor win.
  And that was about it. Three points and a deserved home win on the back of a much improved second half performance.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Rob Jones
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Matty Cook
  REFEREE
Kris Hames
  ATTENDANCE
414


15 15 November 2013
Airbus UK 0 v 1 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Airbus UK






















Bangor City

1
 James Coates




Lee Idzi  1
18
 Jamie Owen




Dec Walker  2
3
 Lewis Short




Joe Culshaw
14
4
 Mike Pearson




Michael Johnston
4
5
 Ian Kearney




Anthony Miley
6
6
 Tom Field




Ryan Edwards
20
14
 Mike Roddy




Chris Jones
7
8
 Glenn Rule




Rob Jones
8
9
 Chris Budrys




Les Davies
9
10
 Steve Jones




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Ryan Wade




Sion Edwards
11


19
 Steve Abbot (46) for 8 Field



Nick Bould
13
15
 Sam Hart




Luke Gibson  14
12
 Phil Bolland (75) for 9 Budrys



Iolo Hughes 18
17
 Ritch Partridge (75) for 14 R'dy



Corey Jones  17
16
 Aaran Hassal




Jamie McDaid (83) for 7 Jones 15
24
 Zyaac Edwards




John Littlemore  21


-
 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  Jamie Petrie
 
  
  

   A great battling win for Bangor, the best performance of the season, and a hectic night of action which saw three red cards issued late on by Referee Kevin Parry.
 
The first dismissal should have been inside five minutes though when Airbus midfielder Glenn Rule launched a wild challenge on Ryan Edwards which left the former Planemaker in a heap in the centre circle.
  Full credit to Bangor's midfield dynamo he was "up and at 'em" for the next ninety minutes with no obvious handicap.
  With Lee Owens suspended Airbus opted for Jamie Owen at right back which suited Sion Edwards who took him to the cleaners. Inside ten minutes he whipped in a low bouncing cross but no one could get the vital touch. Airbus responded through the impressive Lewis Short who ran from leftback right into the Bangor box but Michael Johnston halted his progress.
  Midway through the half a first corner of the evening to Bangor from the left delivered deep by Chris Jones but Anthony Miley could not direct his header and the ball flew into the brightly lit stand behind James Coates goal at the runway end. On the half hour Mike Roddy was rightly booked for a rash tackle on Michael Johnston with Ian Kearney also cautioned for comments passed to the official.
  Five minutes later Chris Jones and Sion Edwards combined on the left to cross for Les Davies but he headed wide. A third card of the evening for Tom Field for smashing the ball into the hoardings as a mark of dissent. With less than five minutes remaining the outstanding Rob Jones picked out Jamie Petrie who ran to the right before shooting low across goal - but sadly just wide.
  In the closing minutes a yellow card for Michael Johnston for a trip just outside the Bangor box but City defender the freekick and saw the half to a close without further incident. A good battling performance against an Airbus side who seemed as interested in falling out with each other as competing against Bangor.
  Worthy of mention too a solid peformance from young Joe Culshaw filling that troublesome leftback position.
HALF TIME 0-0
  One change at the interval saw big Steve Abbot replace midfielder Tom Field.
  Bangor now attacking the Social Club End with a hundred or so noisy City fans gathered behind James Coates' goal and determined to make their presence felt.
  But with top of the table to play for Airbus pushed City back with first Steve Abbot going close and then Lee Idzi doing well to deny leftback Lewis Short with Anthony Miley on hand to prevent Abbot from converting the rebound. Twenty minutes after the restart Glenn Rule crossed deep but Steve Abbot fired over. And by and large that was the storm weathered.
  Bangor had been on the back foot with Michael Johnston and Anthony Miley prominent but gradually eased their way forward. A deep Chris Jones cross from the right was flicked on by Les Davies and ran to Sion Edwards who worked hard to re-cross from the opposite side of the field but Airbus regained their composure and cleared.
  Next left winger Sion Edwards flashed a low drive wide from the left as his torment of the hapless Jamie Owen went on. But on 65 minutes the big moment arrived. Chris Jones released Jamie Petrie to the right and his low shot - textbook stuff across the keeper - nestled inside the far post to the delight of that noisy Bangor following. Fourth goal of the season for Jamie.
  Once play resumed Rob Jones was shown the yellow card by Mr Parry before on 75 minutes a double substitution by the home side saw Phil Bolland and Ritchie Partridge come on for Chris Budrys and Mike Roddy. Substitute Partridge hit the target with a well placed chip but Lee Idzi saved superbly.
  Then with seven minutes to go Chris Jones was replaced by Jamie McDaid. What happened next was instigated by Airbus replacement Phil Bolland who had his arms around Les Davies' neck and he pulled him to the floor. The big Maesgeirchen striker must have responded to the assault and once order had been restored both saw red.
  With four minutes of added time being played Jamie Owen completely lost his mind with a wild lunge on Rob Jones and referee Parry duly dispatched him for an early bath. Bangor controlled the final minutes played out ten against nine and celebrated loudly when the final whistle blew on a great performance by the red shirted citizens.
  This is what supporting Bangor is all about. Winning against the odds, singing, shouting and - in this case - singing in the streets outside the ground after the whistle. Brilliant!
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Rob Jones
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Glenn Rule
  REFEREE
Kevin Parry
  ATTENDANCE
377



14 9 November 2013
Bangor City 0 v 1 Carmarthen
-
 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Bangor City






















Carmarthen Town

1
 Lee Idzi




Steven Cann
1
2
 Dec Walker



Luke Cummings
26
14
 Joe Culshaw



Craig Hanford
24
4  Michael Johnton



Matty Collins
27
6  Anthony Miley




Carl Evans
6
20
 Ryan Edwards



Kris Thomas
7
7
 Chris Jones




Kyle Bassett
12
8
 Rob Jones




Paul Fowler
8
9
 Les Davies




Christian Doidge
30
10
 Jamie Petrie




Jordon Follows
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Cortez Belle
18


13
 Nick Bould




Tim Hicks  4
18
 Luke Gibson



Craig Hughes
9
15
 Jamie McDaid (67) for 7 Jones



Corey Thomas (87) for 12 B'set  2
16
 Iolo Hughes



Liam McCreesh (67) for 27 C'ns 26
21
 John Littlemore




Liam Thomas (56) for 10 Follows 17
22
 Corey Jones



Iestyn Evans
21


-

 COLOURS
  Black & Gold
-
  SCORERS
  Liam Thomas
  
  
  

   Bangor were effectively mauled and mugged by a brawny Carmarthen side whose game plan worked to perfection.
   This involved a good deal of man handling - nothing nasty to be fair - and meant that a malleable official was a must. Sadly that is just what the game had.
   The key figure in the away win was Cortez Belle whose persisent fouling, again none of it aggresive, was left unpunished until the hour mark by which time the lumbering centrehalf has notched up probably more than a dozen pushes and pulls. His side kick Carl Evans was possibly bigger and more muscular than Belle.
  Attacking the Antelope End (I wish someone would name these ends!) Bangor started on the front foot and after a little early hesitancy a seventh minute foul on Les Davies - the first of very many - led to a freekick on the left which Dec Walker struck firmly but the eccentric Steven Cann bagged infront of his face.
  Twelve minutes in a crisp tackle from leftback Joe Culshaw led to a first corner for Carmarthen which Lee Idzi pouched high overhead.  Moments later the visitors pressed again and forced a couple more corners which ended with Cortez Belle heading over from the left.
  On twenty minutes yet another foul on Les Davies by Belle resulted in a freekick which in turn yielded a corner but Dec Walker ballooned his shot well over. By now Belle had been guilty of a series of low level fouls which were noted by the young official but no more.
   Former blues defender Kris Thomas, enjoying an outing in midfield, ran into the Bangor box and it took a well timed tackle from Dec Walker to halt his progress.  On the half hour Sion Edwards shot from twenty five yards but Cann saved well low down and Evans cleared the danger. With Ryan Edwards and Rob Jones impressing in midfield City had the upper hand. The burly Fowler in particular looked well off the pace in the 3-5-2 system.
   Chris Jones just failed to get on the end of a low cross from the left but moments later a fourth Carmarthen corner came and went to no alarm. Ten minutes before the interval a second Bangor corner but Sion Edwards sliced his shot well wide. Carmarthen won a freekick on half way which Cann boomed forwards and as City broke Hanford fouled Dec Walker to half play. Freekick but no card. But then a yellow card for the plodding Fowler for a trip on Sion Edwards. So similar but treated differently. A freekick which the left winger struck on goal but Cann punched away.
   One minute of added time passed without incident. Goalless then at the interval but with City having more of the play and Rob Jones in particular enjoying a fine afternoon, along with Michael Johnston and Anthony Miley amongst others.
HALF TIME 0-0
    No changes at the interval.
   The first chance of the second period came to Les Davies from Rob Jones inviting cross but his header span narrowly wide.
   Five minutes after the restart yet another Belle foul on Les Davies. Freekick from the right which The Truck headed back across goal but no one responded. City pressed and the ball ran to Sion Edwards just inside the visitors box but his low shot crashed against the upright with Cann beaten despite a full length dive.
   Ten minutes into the second period Liam Thomas replaced a very subdued Jordan Follows.
   On the hour a long overdue yellow card by the referee for Cortez Belle for perhaps a dozen fouls. Moments later a third corner for Bangor from the right delivered deep to the back post and headed inches over by Anthony Miley who couldnt believe he had missed. Carmarthen countered and Paul Fowler shot over from just outside the box.
   But on 63 minutes the sucker punch. Carmarthen broke through sub Liam Thomas who raced past the Bangor defence to slot the ball wide of Lee Idzi and into the corner of the net. Three minutes later a double change as Liam McCreesh came on for Matty Collins and Jamie McDaid replaced Chris Jones. City promptly won a fourth corner which was cleared.
   The niggly McCreesh may have lost a yard of pace but he can still foul and Mr Harrington had his name in the book seven minutes after coming on for a trip on Sion Edwards. Carmarthen worked their way forwards and Belle saw his low shot saved by Lee Idzi.
  With ten minutes left Bangor pressed Carmarthen back, almost onto the flower beds, and following a couple more corners the impressive Rob Jones fired on target but Cann saved. The South African stopper now revealed a liking for time wasting which enraged and home fans and eventually took the attention of the referee. But the next action was a cross from Michael Johnston out on the right which Sion Edwards headed wide.
   A late change for Carmarthen saw Corey Thomas come on for Kyle Bassett and renewed hope for City as the fourth official who hadn't enjoyed the best of times with the electronic board signalled five minutes of added time. During which goalkeeper Cann was shown the yellow card for timewasting (job done though) and later lay prone with a supposed back injury. For which in fairness the official added another minute or so but Belle and Evans stood firm like a couple of Barry Island bouncers, and that was that.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Rob Jones
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Liam Thomas
  REFEREE
Richard Harrington
  ATTENDANCE
504



13 1 November 2013
Bangor City 4 v 1 Connahs Quay
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Les Davies
  Sion Edwards 2
  Jamie Petrie
 



 Bangor City






















Connahs Quay

1
 Lee Idzi




Terry McCormick
25
2
 Dec Walker



Mike Sharples
14
3
 Chris Roberts



Paul Mooney
15
4  Michael Johnton



Mark McGregor
4
6  Anthony Miley




Danny Forde
8
20
 Ryan Edwards



Craig Jones  6
7
 Chris Jones




Danny Desormeaux  20
8
 Rob Jones




Jack Rowlands
12
9
 Les Davies




Mike Hayes
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




Gary O'Toole
27
11
 Sion Edwards




Ryan Edwards
11


13
 Nick Bould




Chris Rowntree (73) for 8 Forde  2
14
 Joe Culshaw (57) for 8 Jones



Mark Smyth (66) for 15 Mooney 23
15
 Jamie McDaid



Simon Everall (53) for 27 O'Toole 7
16
 Iolo Hughes



Ade Dobson
34
18
 Luke Gibson




Jamie Wynne
19
21
 John Littlemore (81) for 7 Jones



Shaun Tinsley
17
22  Corey Jones (90) for 11 Edw'ds



 



-

 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  Mike Hayes
  
  
  

   Bangor were able to welcome back Chris Roberts on the left side of defence before his long awaited operation. City kicked off attacking the Antelope end.
   But it was Connahs Quay who stole an early lead as Mark McGregors ball forward caused a defensive mix up and presented the ball to Mike Hayes who seemed to be caught by Lee Idzi but - with no penalty forthcoming - the Nomads striker got to his feet and slid the ball home from a tight angle on the right inside three minutes.
  Minutes later the visitors won their first corner which was half cleared by Michael Johnston which was pounced on by the hugely promising Ryan Edwards whose left footer whistled narrowly wide. But the tide turned as City won their first corner on the right on ten minutes which Les Davies headed home from Sion Edwards inswinging flag kick to level the scores..
  Within a minute it was 2-1  for Bangor as Les Davies returned the favour and released Sion Edwards who smashed the ball beyond Terry McCormick into the top left hand corner to set the home fans celebrating. Two goals inside a minute.
   Next a freekick for Bangor 35 yards out set up by Dec Walker but he fired wide to the relief of the visitors defence. Nomads won a freekick of their own but this came to nothing. Les Davies then crossed from the left but Jamie Petrie's near post run meant the ball ran behind him.
   Jamie Petrie crossed but Ryan Edwards - the Bangor version - placed his first time effort just wide with McCormick beaten A good run by Sion Edwards down the left forced Craig Jones to turn the ball out for a second Bangor corner. Sion Edwards delivered but the ball sped across the six yard line and ran to safety wiht no one able to get a telling touch.
   Some more uncertainty as Lee Idzi pushed away a cross from the right which meant a second corner for the visitors on the half hour. City failed to clear until Jamie Petrie won a tackle and throw in. Sion Edwards ran down the left and crossed but visiting keeper McCormick saved bravely at the feet of Jamie Petrie. The former Conwy stopper was injured in the collision and needed treatment before he could continue.
   A scrappy period culminated in Michael Johnston ending Paul Mooney's run on the edge of the City box. With some ten minutes to play before the interval Les Davies rounded McGregor but again Jamie Petrie could not quite make contact. Then Bangor's
Ryan Edwards fired wide after the visitors defence failed to clear. Within a minute Sion Edwards found himself in space but he placed the ball just wide with McCormick beaten.
   Chris Roberts and Sion Edwards combined on the left but Les Davies' header flew inches wide. Wiith just minutes remaining all action midfielder Ryan Edwards forced another save out of McCormick who had been by far the busier of the two keepers in the first half. Two minutes added time was shown in which Les Davies needed treatment following a challenge.
   Mark Petch blew for time with City leading 2-1 after a much improved showing as the half moved on.
HALF TIME  2-1
    No changes at the interval.
   Five minutes after the restart the first substitution of the evening as Simon Everall replaced Gary O'Toole.
   A let off for City as a last ditch tackle from Anthony Miley denied Mike Hayes and a third corner was cleared by the resolute Miley to release Rob Jones but the ball was lost. Then The Nomads went close again.
   Next on 55 minutes a Bangor substitution as Rob Jones limped off to be replaced by Joe Culshaw.  Minutes later Paul Mooney was forced to concede the first corner of the second half crossed by Sion Edwards but Nomads stood firm. The visitors broke but City countered and Les Davies hit the crossbar and the ball was hacked clear.
   Then when it looked like City might be deniedRyan Edwards crossed and Jamie Petrie netted against his former club with a close range header on 63 mins.
   Connahs Quay responded by replacing former Rhyl defender Paul Mooney with former blue Mark Smyth. Then on 71 minutes Les Davies beat a couple of Nomads defenders and found left winger Sion Edwards who again rasped the ball past goalkeeper McCormick for a 4-1 lead.
   But the visitors were far from beaten and Anthony Miley was forced to concede a corner. A short delay as Chris Rowntree came on for Danny Forde. Rightback Dec Walker then broke into the box from his own half but slid his shot just wide.  City were still on the attack but fell foul of the linesman to the frustration of the home fans.
   Connahs Quay pressed for a response and Mike Hayes rounded Lee Idzi but Dec Walker cleared off the line with a little over ten minutes left on the clock. Another change as John Littlemore came on for Chris Jones who earned a noisy applause from the stand side.
   Lee Idzi punched well when under pressure but moments later young Ryan Edwards latched onto a loose clearance but he lifted his shot over the bar. Michael Johnston timed his challenge to perfection as The Nomads pressed
   With some five minutes left Bangor managed a period of possession which tempted a foul on the edge of the D directly in front of goal. Dec Walker fired fiercely but the ball flew over the bar and beyond.  Next Les Davies flicked on for Sion Edwards but this time the flying winger shot narrowly wide with three minutes left.
   City won a late corner and Ryan Edwards shot squirmed out of McCormick's grasp but the ball was cleared. Bangor sent on young Corey Jones for Man of The Match Sion Edwards.
   Then in added time Connahs Quay won a corner but Anthony Miley headed clear and Chris Roberts led a charge upfield but it was Mark Petch who had the final say and club President Gwyn Pierce Owen led the applause for 4-1 winners Bangor who go up to fourth in the Welsh Premier Table.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Sion Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Terry McCormick
  REFEREE
Mark Petch
  ATTENDANCE
604

 

12 26 October 2013
Port Talbot 1 v 2 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  Sacha Walters
 
  
 



 Port Talbot Town






















Bangor City

29  Steven Hall




Lee Idzi  1
3  James Bloom




Dec Walker  2
22  Danny Sheehan



Iolo Hughes
16
2  Ryan Green




Michael Johnston
4
24  Sacha Walters




Anthony Miley
6
5  Lee Surman




Ryan Edwards
20
4  Ashley Evans




Chris Jones
7
18  Adam Wrights




Rob Jones
8
9  Martin Rose




Les Davies
9
39  David Brooks




Jamie Petrie
10
19
 Adie Harris




Sion Edwards
11


25
 David Burnett



Nick Bould
13
23
 Guillem Bauza (64) for 39 Brooks



Joe Culshaw (70) for 16 Hughes  14
12
 Lee DeVulgt




Luke Gibson  18
8
 Lewis Harling (82) for 24 Walters



Damien Allen  17
6
 Duane Saunders



Jamie McDaid (80) for 11 Ed'rds 15






John Littlemore (92) for 10 Petrie 21


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 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  Dec Walker
  Chris Jones
  
  

   As Wales coach Osian Roberts commented at the end, Bangor won this game because they kept their shape, worked hard and defended well. In those few words there is a lot of truth..
 
The pre match news saw Chris Roberts replaced by Iolo Hughes whose only previous start for City was a mile away at Afan Lido. The much talked about Spaniard Guillem Bauza started on the bench. Rhys Griffiths sat watching in a suit and tie.
  But on a blustery day on the south coast it was Port Talbot who started the brighter with David Brooks crossing from the right but Sacha Walters crashed the ball into the side netting. Little Adam Wright was causing a problem or two and his challenge and charge created an opening but he fired over from twelve yards.
  It was no surprise then when Port Talbot went ahead on eleven minutes. Sacha Walters pounced on a mistake by Michael Johnston to run on goal and shoot high at Lee Idzi who inexplicably palmed the ball up and into his own net. Three minutes later Bangor went agonisingly close to an equaliser. Rob Jones' long throw was headed on by Les Davies and headed against the cross bar by Anthony Miley with goalkeeper Steven Hall well beaten.
  If goalkeeper Lee Idzi had made a mistake for the opening goal he was now in defiant mood.
  On twenty minutes, with Port Talbot in full flow, Idzi redeemed himself with a full length dive to deny David Brooks and moments later he pouched a tame low effort from Martin Rose. City forced a couple of corners but it was Port Talbot who threatened to extend their lead as goalscorer Walters released Adam Wright but Lee Idzi charged out to block with his feet.
  With thirteen minutes to the interval Sacha Walters was shown the yellow card for a foul on leftback Iolo Hughes who had surged upfield. Freekick and up stepped rightback Dec Walker to drive home from twenty five yards via a deflection off Ryan Green. Two minutes later Lee Idzi atoned for the third time for his earlier gaff with an outstanding save from David Brooks after clever build up from Adam Wright and Martin Rose. Brooks looked astonished.
  On 42 minutes goalkeeper Steven Hall was injured as he headed clear from Jamie Petrie outside the box but two minutes into added time a pointless pull on the shirt of Chris Jones by Adie Harris resulted in a Bangor penalty. This time Chris Jones took the responsibility and sent Hall the wrong way to grab a two one half time lead.
HALF TIME 1-2
  No changes at the interval.
  In the opening minutes the home side won their third corner of the afternoon but Ashley Evans fired well over from the edge of the box. Next Hall miskicked to Les Davies but made up for the mistake with a decent save. Just short of the hour mark a fourth corner for Port Talbot was half cleared and crossed back in but Lee Surman sent his downward header narrowly side.
  Bangor went close when Les Davies controlled the ball as he ran right to left, went beyond Surman but shot across goal from the left. Then Jamie Petrie ran past Adie Harris and Lee Surman on the right but lifted his shot over as the angle tightened.
  On 65 minutes the pony tailed Guillem Bauza replaced David Brooks but, in fairness, struggled to make any impact. Two minutes later a foul on Chris Jones led to a freekick which Dec Walker fired over from distance. Port Talbot then threatened a moment of madness took over the Bangor box until Lee Surman's shot was deflected for a fifth corner but City stood firm.
  With nineteen minutes left Joe Culshaw came on for Iolo Hughes who had looked composed at left back.  Les Davies released Jamie Petrie down the left. He cut inside Lee Surman but sent his twenty five yard effort wide of the post. By now a couple of the floodlights had gone on strike but in fairness it was a bright enough evening for play to carry on.
  Ten minutes remained when Jamie McDaid came on for Sion Edwards as manager Powell refused to go on the defensive and three minutes later Lewis Harling replaced goalscorer Sacha Walters. When Port Talbot did press Anthony Miley and Michael Johnston were in the right place at the right time and midfielder Rob Jones and Ryan Edwards ran themselves into the ground.
  In the final minute Martin Rose was lucky referee James did not act as he kicked Lee Idzi when the ball bounced out for a goal kick to City. Four minutes of added time where shown and City sent on John Littlemore to replace Jamie Petrie who ran the home defence out of their comfort zone. There was still time for Rob Jones to bravely block James Bloom's close range shot and for the home side to win a seventh and final corner but Lee Surman again headed wide to the relief of the travelling citizens.
  Moments later Referee James blew for time and Bangor celebrated three hard won points on the road and a cheery ride home.
  After the match manager Nev Powell dedicated the victory to club president Gwyn Pierce Owen who is unwell.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Anthony Miley
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Sacha Walters
  REFEREE
Brian James
  ATTENDANCE
229



11 18 October 2013
Bangor City 0 v 1 Airbus UK
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
 





 Bangor City






















Airbus UK

1
 Lee Idzi




James Coates
1
2
 Dec Walker



Lee Owens
2
3
 Chris Roberts



Lewis Short
3
4  Michael Johnton



Mike Pearson
4
6  Anthony Miley




Ian Kearney
5
20
 Ryan Edwards



Jamie Owen
18
7
 Chris Jones




Ryan Wade
11
8
 Rob Jones




Steve Abbot
19
9
 Les Davies




Chris Budrys
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




Michael Roddy
14
11
 Sion Edwards




Steve Jones
10


13
 Nick Bould




Sam Hart  
15
14
 Joe Culshaw (86) for 8 Jones



Phil Bolland
12
18
 Luke Gibson 



Glenn Rule (63) for 11 Wade
8
16
 Iolo Hughes




Ritch Partridge (69) for 10 Jones 17
21
 John Littlemore (86) for 7 Jones



 
15  Jamie McDaid (65) for 10 Petrie



 

22
 Corey Jones








-

 COLOURS
 Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  Chris Budrys
  
  
  

   Bangor were beaten but not outplayed by table toppers Airbus whose physical stength was a telling factor on a damp Friday night at Nantporth.
  
The team sheet showed that Chris Roberts was back in at leftback but there was no Damien Allen who is still struggling with a knee injury. Bangor kicked off attacking the Antelope End and enjoyed a fair share of the spoils in an open first fifteen minutes officiated by the slightly fussy Mr Alan Sant of Malta.
  This opening quarter ended in a yellow card for Dec Walker who conceded a freekick on the left which  came to nothing. Two minutes later Airbus won a second dangerous kick which centrehalf Ian Kearney took and Lee Idzi saved.
  But it was Bangor who went closest minutes later when Dec Walker rattled the post with a thirty five yard missile which former Rhyl stopper James Coates simply didnt see. Moments later Walker was flattened by the gritty Roddy who was more than a touch fortunate to see yellow and not red from the visiting official who whistled for everythng.
  Airbus fashioned their best chance to date when former Northern Ireland striker Steve Jones crashed a low drive narrowly wide before captain Michael Johnston showed Bangor the way with two strong challenges on the edge of his box to release Chris Jones but his run into the box came to nothing.
  A Sion Edwards freekick found Les Davies but Airbus survived as clear as left back Lewsi Short cleared.
  Some twelve minutes before the interval big Chris Budrys fired over from a first corner of the evening. But again Bangor pressed and Ian Kearney had to be brave as Ryan Edwards released Jamie Petrie on the right and his shot was saved by Coates. The ball ran out to Chris Jones who passed to Sion Edwards but he was denied by Kearney. Moments later Sion Edwards fired over from fifteen yards as chances came and went.
  The final action of the first half was a mazey run down the right by the unpredictable Ryan Wade but Lee Idzi saved and Michael Johnston scrambled the ball away and the Maltese official blew for the interval with the scores tied at nil nil. (One minute of added time was played but the board held high by the baffled fourth official showed absolutely nothing.)

HALF TIME  0-0
  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor were now attacking the City End and Jamie Petrie tested Coates with a long range effort from the left.
  But on 51 minutes Airbus took the lead as Steve Abbot ran down the right and his low cross found Chris Budrys who could hardly miss from four yards out. Bangor responded with a shot from the adventurous Dec Walker which was turned away for a corner and a few minutes later a second flag kick for City but the big 'Bus defence stood firm. On 58 mins a yellow card for leading goalscorer Les Davies.
  On the hour Bangor had a penalty for a clear overhead handball by goalscorer Budrys. Up stepped Les Davies but Coates saved his kick and as the ball rollled back Dec Walker lashed over from ten yards to compound the home misery. Two minutes later the wholehearted Walker sent a booming crossfield ball to Sion Edwards but his early strike flew over from the left.
  With twenty five minutes left on the clock Jamie McDaid replaced Jamie Petrie who had taken a knock then four minutes later Ritchie Partridge came on for the veteran Steve Jones.  A foul on Les Davies led to a freekick for Bangor wide on the left which Dec Walker smashed goalwards but struck a team mate and ended in a goalkick as City fans anticipated a corner.
  The largely anonymous canary Jamie Owen was cautioned for dissent with ten minutes left and substitute Partridge forced a good save out of Lee Idzi with a low shot. When Airbus did press Bangor defended well with Chris Roberts again showing a good sense of anticipation of danger.
  With four minutes to go a double change for Bangor saw Joe Culshaw and John Littlemore replace Rob Jones and Chris Jones respectively. The fourth official had now got to grips with the electronic gadget and showed three minutes of added time which was enough for the lumbering Kearney to get booked for a foul on Sion Edwards. A freekick claimed by Dec Walker and duly thumped goalwards was punched clear by Coates for what was the final incident of the match.
  So a home defeat for Bangor and three more points for a big, strong, organised and slightly wooden looking Airbus. For City grounds for hope and optimism.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Chris Roberts
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Lewis Short
  REFEREE
AM Sant (Malta)
  ATTENDANCE
635


10 12 October 2013
Carmarthen Tn 4  v 4 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Black & Gold
-
  SCORERS
  Jordan Follows
  Christian Doidge
  
 



 Carmarthen Town






















Bangor City

1  Steven Cann




Lee Idzi  1
26  Luke Cummings




Dec Walker  2
7  Kris Thomas



Joe Culshaw
14
4  Tim Hicks




Michael Johnston
4
24  Craig Hanford




Anthony Miley
6
8  Paul Fowler




Ryan Edwards
20
27  Matty Collins




Chris Jones
7
12  Kyle Bassett




Rob Jones
8
25  Liam McCreesh




Les Davies
9
30  Christian Doidge




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Jordan Follows




Sion Edwards
11


2
 Corey Thomas (58) for 11 F'ows



Nick Bould
13
29
 Alex Chrysanthou




Corey Jones 22
20
 Corey Jenkins




Luke Gibson (81) for 10 Petrie  18
9
 Craig Hughes




John Owen (89) for 9 Davies  17
17
 Liam Thomas (58) for 27 Collins



Jamie McDaid (63) for 11 Edw'ds 15
21
 Iestyn Evans




John Littlemore
21


-
 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  Les Davies 2
  Jamie Petrie
  Jamie McDaid
  

   The commentators on S4C and the odd neutral would have been the only ones happy at the end of this shoot out at the Old Gold Corral. Eight goals and an fourth minute red card - not for the partisan or faint hearted.
 
But before all that a minutes silence impeccably observed in memory of Welshpool based former FAW President Tegwyn Evans who died aged 84.
  It all began with a fourth minute dismissal for former blue Kris Thomas whose last man pull on Chris Jones on the edge of the box had to mean red and credit to Mark Whitby he saw that it did despite the early stage of proceedings.
  On nine minutes City took advantage as Joe Culshaw's sweeping pass found Jamie Petrie who glided down the right before beating eccentric goalkeeper Steven Cann with a low bouncing cross shot for his second goal in as many games. Carmarthen won a freekick, the first of many perhaps, which Matty Collins hit cleanly from twenty yards but Lee Idzi pouched safely.
  On twelve minutes it was two nil to Bangor as Chris Jones' deep cross from the right reached Les Davies who turn and beat the hesitant Cann from six yards out on the left. Two nil and in control? Not quite as within five minutes the home side struck back as former Aber striker Jordan Follows showed great technique to volley home left footed as he latched onto a headed clearance from Luke Cummings right wing cross.
  With half an hour gone City forced a couple of corners but a minute later it was two all as Christian Doidge reacted first to beat Lee Idzi from close range after Luke Bassetts shot span wickedly off a blues defender. Bangor responded with a right footed shot from Les Davies which Cann saved comfortably and a low cross from Jamie Petrie which no one could touch home.
  A minute before the interval a deep cross from a freekick on the right from Sion Edwards struck Les Davies on the back with goalkeeper Cann clearly contemplating the half time cuppa and rolled into the unguarded net. Centreforward Doidge was shown the yellow card for dissent as the Old Gold claimed a foul but there was none to be seen.
  So a narrow 3-2 interval lead and a man advantage for City as Mr Whitby blew for the break..

HALF TIME 2-3
  No changes at the interval.
  Inside the opening five minutes Les Davies released Ryan Edwards who passed to Sion Edwards but he sliced wide from twenty yards then the Maesgeirchen left footer crossed and Carmarthen could not clear but young Joe Culshaw shanked his effort well off target from eight yards.
  Carmarthen were more than a match for City despite their numerical disadvantage and won three corners on the spin but City finally cleared before Kyle Basset headed well wide. On 58 minutes a double change for the hosts as Corey and Liam Thomas came on for goalscorer Follows and veteran Matty Collins.
  Five minutes later Jamie McDaid replaced Sion Edwards and moments later Liam McCreesh might have seen red for a wild lunge on Les Davies but Referee Whitby opted for yellow. City's talisman needed treatement on his injured ankle on and off the pitch and might have expected stronger action from the Swansea whistler.
  With twenty minutes left of a disjointed affair Corey Jenkins came on for McCreesh who had been his usual niggly self.
  With thirteen minutes left Lee Idzi saved well, Rob Jones cleared upfield and Jamie McDaid rounded Corey Thomas to beat Cann with a low drive that clipped the post and rolled in for his first competitive goal for the club. With ten minute remaining young Luke Gibson came on for Jamie Petrie and the Bangor defence were pressed into action with a series of tackles, blocks and clearances as Carmarthen threw caution to the wind. Jamie McDaid though broke down the right and selflessly squared to strike partner Les Davies but he shot at Cann who gathered easily.
  On 85 minutes it was 4-3 thanks to Corey Thomas well flighted right footed free kick which flew over the Bangor wall and inside Lee Idzi's right hand post. Christian Doidge headed goalwards but Michael Johnston cleared off his line before with a minute left young John Owen came on for Les Davies.
  From somewhere Referee Whitby found four minutes to add but Carmarthen need only two to level the scores. Yet another freekick this time from the right hand edge of the box was clipped in by Corey Thomas for Luke Cummings to head home unmarked from six yards.
  And much to the relief and disappointment of the travelling blues that was about it as the score finished up four all.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Les Davies
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Paul Fowler
  REFEREE
Mark Whitby
  ATTENDANCE
367



9 4 October 2013
Bangor City 3 v 2 Aberystwyth
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Les Davies
  Jamie Petrie
  Chris Jones
 



 Bangor City






















Aberystwyth Town

1
 Lee Idzi




Mike Lewis
1
2
 Dec Walker



Sion James
2
14
 Joe Culshaw



Antonio Corbisiero
3
4  Michael Johnton



Peter Hoy
4
6  Anthony Miley




Wyn Thomas
18
20
 Ryan Edwards



Craig Williams
16
7
 Chris Jones




Chris Venables
7
8
 Rob Jones




Bari Morgan
8
9
 Les Davies




Mark Jones
9
10
 Jamie Petrie




 Geoff Kellaway
10
11
 Sion Edwards




Cledan Davies
11


13
 Nick Bould




Stuart Frazer (66) for 8 Morgan  12
18
 Luke Gibson (90) for 10 Petrie



Krys Nalborski (82) for 16 W'ms
14
16
 Iolo Hughes (93) for 11 Ed'rds



Tom Shaw  17
22
 Corey Jones



Arron Lemon  20
21
 John Littlemore



James Butler  31
17  John Owen (79) for 7 Jones



 



-

 COLOURS
 Green & Black
-
  SCORERS
  Chris Venables
  Wyn Thomas
  
  

   Bangor achieved an eagerly awaited and well deserved win against a strong and experienced Aber side infront of a crowd of just over 600 at Nantporth on Friday night.
   And they did so without Chris Roberts and Damien Allen and despite going behind in the early stages. Joe Culshaw slotted in at leftback in an otherwise familiar line up as City attacked the Bangor end.
  After an early Dec Walker header the visitors took the early initiative with Chris Venables and former blues favourite Peter Hoy going close. But it was on the counter that they took the lead on thirteen minutes. Chris Venables won the ball on half way and released Mark Jones who ran down the left and shot from wide which produced good stop from Lee Idzi but the ball bounced off the post for inrushing midfielder Chris Venables to score from close range and complete the move he started.
  Former Llanelli striker Mark Jones again found space on the Aber left to set up Venables but Lee Idzi saved his low drive at the foot of the post. Minutes later before Wyn Thomas wasted a glorious chance from a corner as the visitors threatened again.
  There was a major battle taking place in midfield as classy Chris Venables and the belligerent Bari Morgan locked horns with Ryan Edwards and Rob Jones who refused to take a backward step.
The pacey Geoff Kellaway should have doubled the lead but he lifted over but eight minutes before the interval City levelled.
  Rightback Dec Walker cleared down the line and blues centre forward Les Davies used his power to charge round and through the visitors centrebacks Wyn Thomas and Sion James, side step little Bari Morgan and crash the ball beyond visiting goal keeper Mike Lewis from just outside the box.
  The home side now had the initiative and Jamie Petrie forced a good save from former 'Lido keeper Lewis but the half time score saw the sides level at one apiece.
HALF TIME  1-1
  No changes at the interval. but with City now attacking the Bridge end.
  Left winger Sion Edwards had the beating of the defence and his fierce strike forced a good save from Lewis with Cledan Davies on hand to complete the clearance.
  Nineteen minutes into the second half Bangor had the lead their dominance now deserved. Les Davies headed on into the path of the charging Sion Edwards who fired across goal from the left for Jamie Petrie to pot his first competitive goal since joining the club in the summer.
  Bangor pressed again with Sion Edwards the chief threat before Craig Williams made a present of the ball to Dec Walker on half way and the former Wrexham man picked out Chris Jones running clear down the middle and he calmly slotted the ball past the exposed Lewis. Bangor were on top and the noisy Nantporth crowd were in jubilant mood after recent frustrations.
  With ten minutes left John Owen came on for Chris Jones and moments later Krys Nalborski replaced Craig Williams.
  City looked to be on course for a home win but Aber were far from beaten and with four minutes to go Wyn Thomas headed home from Antonio Corbisiero's deep cross. City sent on young defenders Luke Gibson and Iolo Hughes for strikers Jamie Petrie and Sion Edwards as time ran out and pressure mounted.
  In the closing minutes Bangor had to dig deep as Chris Venables - who seemed to be climbing on Rob Jones - headed against the crossbar and Iolo Hughes was involved in the desperate effort to hack the ball off the line.
  But he did and City had the points to prove and at last the Nantporth crowd could go home happy. Manager Powell rightly noted the relief at summer signing Jamie Petrie netting his first City goal in what proved to be a five goal thriller controlled by Dublin based exchange referee Robert Harvey of the Republic of Ireland.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Les Davies
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Chris Venables
  REFEREE
Robert Harvey
  ATTENDANCE
602


8 27 September 2013
Connahs Quay 2  v 1 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  Gary O'Toole
  Mike Hayes
  
 



 Connahs Quay






















Bangor City

1  Terry McCormick




Lee Idzi  1
12  Jack Rowlands




Dec Walker  2
15  Paul Mooney



Chris Roberts
3
4  Mark McGregor




Michael Johnston
4
5  Michael Robinson




Anthony Miley
6
6  Craig Jones




Ryan Edwards
20
27  Gary O'Toole




Chris Jones
7
8  Danny Forde




Rob Jones
8
9  Mike Hayes




Les Davies
9
20  Dan Desormeaux




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Ryan Edwards




Sion Edwards
11


1
 John Rushton



Nick Bould
13
16
 Danny Dobbins (31) for 5 R'son



Joe Culshaw (78) for 11 Edwards 14
0
 Simon Everall



Luke Gibson
18
17
 Shaun Tinsley




Iolo Hughes (89) for 8 Jones  16
19
 Jamie Wynne (93) for 27 O'Toole



John Littlemore
21
32  Aron Williams




Corey Jones
22
31
 Lee Jones




John Owen (78) for 10 Petrie  17


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 COLOURS
  Blue
-
  SCORERS
  og Rowlands
 
  
  

   A disappointing end to a poor game. City lost to a penalty and set piece goal against a very ordinary looking Nomads side.
   And to make matter worse the winning goal went in on ninety minutes scored by a forward who had been laughably wasteful all evening.
 
Bangor settled the quicker of the two with Sion Edwards' freekick catching Terry McCormick unawares but the former Conwy glovesman recovered to clear the danger. It was ten minutes in before the home side forced a clear opening when Ryan Edwards weak shot was gathered by Lee Idzi.
  On the quarter hour City could have taken the lead. Lee Idzi's clearance was headed on by Les Davies and Sion Edwards snuck in behind the defence to feed Chris Jones but McCormick pulled off a point blank save. With a minute Chris Jones crossed from the right but former Nomad Jamie Petrie headed wide at the near post before Rob Jones' shot was deflected behind for a corner.
  Connahs Quay responded with a freekick on the right which Mark McGregor headed goalwards but Lee Idzi bagged easily.
  Moments later though City's number one was forced to work harder as the promising Edwards raced clear but his low shot was turned away by the keepers dive.  Both teams were guilty of too many misplaced passes and at times a lack of urgency.
  On the half hour Bangor should have gone ahead. Chris Jones found space on the right but somehow McCormick kept his shot at bay before Rob Jones and Chris Jones again saw shots blocked and hacked clear. Moments later former Llangefni centrehalf Michael Robinson hobbled off to be replaced by the uniquely named Danny Dobbins.
  Les Davies set a standard of selfless endeavour with a chase down the left which unsettled McCormick who clearly did not want to kick. On 39 minutes Bangor finally had the lead. Chris Jones lifted the ball infield to Ryan Edwards whose low shot from the right was bound for Les Davies but Jack Rowlands slid in to concede an own goal from a yard out at most.
  The home side worked an opening through the middle but Michael Johnston denied Hayes and moments later Lee Idzi sent a booming clearance upfield which Les Davies headed on but Sion Edwards lifted over the bar. Before the one minute of added time was up Dobbins had also lofted well over at the opposite end.
  Llanllechid referee Lee Evans blew for half time with Bangor fans wondering how the lead was only one nil..

HALF TIME 0-1
  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor now attacking left to right in front of the stand. City won a throw on the right which Rob Jones hurled in Peter Hoy style.
The ball was clearly handled by Paul Mooney and rolled to Chris Jones shot wide. This was a penalty and a big let off for the home side - but oddly enough at the time few Bangor players realised what had happened.
  Moments later Gary O'Toole sent a long range shot straight at Lee Idzi quickly followed by another hopeful but harmless effort from strike partner Mike Hayes.
  City kept the pressure on the home goal. Les Davies' pass left Chris Jones clear on goal but his shot was punched away by McCormick. The Nomads responded through Ryan Edwards whose clean shot was saved by Lee Idzi. On the hour Hayes fired over from fifteen yards as the game swung end to end and then set up Gary O'Toole but again Idzi saved and Hayes sliced wide of an open goal.
  On 71 minutes the balance of power shifted. Michael Johnston brought down Danny Forde in the box and referee Evans rightly awarded a penalty which former blue Gary O'Toole converted and celebrated as if he had won the World Cup. Within a minute Bangor broke into the home box and a similar challenge by McGregor brought loud penalty appeals but nothing doing.
  Mike Hayes then missed another open goal. Sion Edwards was coming into the game more on the left and tempted a wild challenge out of Danny Forde who was duly yellow carded. The freekick came to nothing and with thirteen minutes left a double substitution for Bangor as Joe Culshaw and John Owen came on for Sion Edwards and Jamie Petrie.
  Owen immediately won Bangor a corner which was deflected out for another. Culshaw crossed and Dec Walker saw his clean header hacked off the line. Les Davies forced a fourth City corner of the evening before Iolo Hughes came on for Rob Jones.
  The game looked set for a draw before Mr Evans gave Connahs Quay a freekick which Lee Idzi seemed to misjudge for the previously wasteful Mike Hayes to crash home. The red shirted Nomads celebrated wildly and the fourth official displayed four minutes added time despite Lee Idzi lying prone on the pitch receiving treatment.
  Bangor refused to give up and again it was Lee Idzi who launched a high clearance which Les Davies flicked on but John Owen could only turn into the side netting from the right. And that was about it. A late change as O'Toole smirked his way off to be replaced by Jamie Wynne but it was the pimply home supporters who were singing as the final whistle blew.
  With Derek Goulding watching from the sidelines manager Nev Powell might have pondered how the scoreline would have looked with Carl Dale alongside Big Les...
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Les Davies
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Ryan Edwards
  REFEREE
Lee Evans
  ATTENDANCE
382



7 21 September 2013
The New Saints 2  v 0 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Mike Wilde
  Aeron Edwards
  
 



 The New Saints






















Bangor City

1  Paul Harrison




Lee Idzi  1
2  Simon Spender




Dec Walker  2
3  Chris Marriott



Chris Roberts
3
4  Phil Baker




Michael Johnston
4
4  Kai Edwards




Anthony Miley
6
23
 Aeron Edwards




Ryan Edwards
20
7  Chris Jones




Chris Jones
7
8  Sam Finley




Rob Jones
8
18  Mike Wilde




Les Davies
9
12  Chris Seargeant




Jamie Petrie
10
11
 Ryan Fraughan




Sion Edwards
11


16
 Connell Rawlinson



Nick Bould
13
9
 Greg Draper



Joe Culshaw (78) for 11 Edwards 14
20
 Alex Darlington (69) for 8 F'ley



Luke Gibson
18
10
 Matty Williams



Iolo Hughes (85) for 8 Jones  16
14
 Jamie Mullen (69) for 11 Fr'ghn



John Littlemore (73) for 7 Jones 
21
24  Ryan Kersdhaw




Corey Jones
22
19
 Aaran Simms








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 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
  

   Defeat but not dishonour for Bangor due in no small part to an oustanding defensive display from summer signing Anthony Miley.
   Miley was ably supported by the other ten citizens, Michael Johnston also to the fore, and from the sidelines the booming tones of the blue army who sang themselves hoarse from start to finish.
  With Damien Allen again confined to a watching brief blues boss Nev Powell was happy to be able to include Chris Jones and Rob Jones in midfield with Les Davies working a lone shift upfront.
  But the start was full of alarm as Lee Idzi's sliced clearance led to Sam Finley setting up Aeron Edwards who he sliced wide before Mike Wilde fired at Idzi from long range. Bangor were grateful for a stoppage on four minutes when Chris Roberts lay prone in his own box after a collison with Lee Idzi and Aeron Edwards whose high foot caused alarm.
  Gradually after the restart City came into the game.
  Lone striker Les Davies won a freeekick but Kai Edwards cleared for The Saints. However the gloves were off on 17 minutes when Rayn Fraughan crossed from the right and Mike Wilde headed home at the back post. Two minutes later the home side doubled the lead as Aeron Edwards controlled the ball on the right hand edge of the box and unleashed a fierce volley which crashed into the back of the net.
  Given that City lost 3-0 and 6-0 at The Venue last season there was now more than a little concern in the visiting camp.
  But Bangor worked hard to keep their shape and close down. Michael Johnston and Anthony Miley stood firm with midfielders Ryan Edwards and the hugely impressive Rob Jones in the thick of the action.
  Both sides went close as half time drew close. Former Neath winger Chris Jones danced past a couple of Bangor defenders but sent his shot wide. Then Bangor won a freekick 25 yards out which Sion Edwards sent spinning low towards the bottom right hand corner but Paul Harrison scrambled the shot - and a follow up effort - away for his first meaningful involvement in the afternoon.
   The half time whistle went with The New Saints leading two nil but with Bangor both buoyed and relieved by an improved showing in the final stages. 
HALF TIME 2-0
  No changes at the interval.
  City were now attacking the Bangor Hill end, which now of course is now home to a small off centre stand.
  But the first incident was a clash in the Bangor box and Sam Finley caught Michael Johnston with a flailing arm and provoked an angry response from the blues centreback. Oddly the linesman saw nothing.
  The Saints threatened through Jones but Miley stepped in to snuff out the danger. Rob Jones was shown the yellow card whilst the officials allowed play to continue as the home side attacked despite two balls being on the pitch.

  On the hour Les Davies who has battled gamely up front gathered the ball, span and sent a low shot a yard wide from the edge of the box. City forced a couple of corners and built up some pressure without directly threatening Harrison in the home goal. But it was the full timers who threatened through a break away which saw Lee Idzi save at Wilde's feet.
  On 69 minutes a double substitution saw Jamie Mullen and Alex Darlington come on for Ryan Fraughan and Sam Finley whose temperament seems brittle at best. Two minutes later Bangor attacked Rob Jones long throw from the right and Chris Roberts headed wide with Chris Jones scrambling to get a touch. But seconds later The Saints broke and again Lee Idzi saved with his feet as Darlington threatened.
  On 73 minutes young John Littlemore replaced Chris Jones who had worked hard in midfield before Ryan Edwards crossed from the left but Les Davies' header found Harrison well positioned at his near post. Lee Idzi saved again before Chris Jones shot on target but the Brecon glovesman held above his head.
  With twelve minutes left Joe Culshaw replaced Sion Edwards and seven minutes further on Iolo Hughes came on for Rob Jones.
  The home side threatened and once more Michael Johnston stepped in with a well timed challenge before Alex Darlington hit the post with a clean strike.
  Referee Harrington added three minutes but they passed without incident and Bangor could reflect on an away defeat but a much improved second half - and compared to last season - a more disciplined and courageous display.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Anthony Miley
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Aeron Edwards
  REFEREE
Richard Harrinton
  ATTENDANCE
482



6 14 September 2013
Bangor City 1 v 1 Port Talbot
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  Les Davies
 
  
 



 Bangor City






















Port Talbot Town

1
 Lee Idzi




Steven Hall
29
2
 Dec Walker



Danny Sheehan
22
3
 Chris Roberts



Lee Surman
5
4  Michael Johnton



Ryan Green
2
6  Anthony Miley




Leigh DeVulgt
12
20
 Ryan Edwards



Adie Harris
19
8
 Rob Jones




Lewis Harling
8
14
 Joe Culshaw




Ashley Evans
4
9
 Les Davies




Sam O'Sullivan
20
10
 Jamie Petrie




David Brooks
39
11
 Sion Edwards




Rhys Griffiths
26


13
 Nick Bould




Dave Burnett
25
18
 Luke Gibson 



Miles John (79) for 8 Harling  15
16
 Iolo Hughes (72) for 8 Jones



Lee John  11
22
 Corey Jones



Josh Bell (90) for 39 Brooks 13
21
 John Littlemore (83) for 9 Davies



James Bloom (46) for 12 Le D V  3
15  Jamie McDaid (72) for 11 Ed'ds



 



-

 COLOURS
  Black
-
  SCORERS
  Rhys Griffiths
  
  
  

   The blues of the north and south fought out a score draw at Nantporth on a bright sunny afternoon on the banks of the Menai Straits.
   Before kick off there was setback for Bangor as Chris Jones pulled out and twenty year old Joe Culshaw was handed a late call up from the bench to take his place in a five man midfield. The visitors lined up in a black strip which might have been bought of Neath's adminstrators.
  But it was one of City's regulars Les Davies who forged the first opening with a fierce drive which flew over the Port Talbot bar at the Antelope End with a slight deflection. Sion Edwards took the corner on the right but Anthony Miley headed just over. The visitors responded with a Sam O'Sullivan shot that flew over at the other end. Winger Edwards then cut inside and fed Rob Jones but his effort was blocked by Ryan Green.
  But after a promising start by Bangor it was Port Talbot who took the lead on 25 minutes. A David Brooks run down the left was halted in the box by Dec Walker and referee Iwan Griffith pointed to the spot. Rhys Grififths stepped up to convert the penalty kick who celebrated an unexpected lead.
  Bangor responded through Sion Edwards who charged clear through the middle but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Steven Hall who must have been on the very edge of his box. Edwards down the left was a source of concern for the visitors defence where Dan Sheehan looked uneasy under pressure but the veteran Lee Surman stood strong.
  With twelve minutes to go to the interval City drew level. Sion Edwards again unhinged the Talbot defence down the left. His cross was half cleared to Les Davies who crashed the ball home from fifteen yards for his third goal of the season.
  Jamie Petrie was also using his pace to advantage and forced Ashley Evans into a foul which resulted in a yellow card. The foul count on Bangor's pacey little striker rose as he cut infield and used his speed against the slower defenders.
  Blues right back Dec Walker was still smarting from his earlier mistake and his incredible crossfield chase of his own clearance, right to left, put pressure on visiting goalkeeper Hall, won possession and created a long range shooting opportunity.
  When Port Talbot threatened the calm defending of Michael Johnston and Anthony Miley was up to the test. But it was Bangor who went close again when Lee Idzi's booming clearance was headed on by Les Davies for Sion Edwards to hook goalwards which somehow a back peddling Hall tipped over for a corner. The flag kick was cleared to Michael Johnston whose return was headed over by Les Davies. And that was about it as referee Griffih blew for the interval with the scores tied at one all.
HALF TIME  1-1
  One change at the interval as James Bloom replaced Leigh De Vulgt for Port Talbot.
  But it was still Bangor who made the running through Sion Edwards down the left with two early crosses which went unrewarded.
  Rhys Griffiths sent a long range effort just wide with Lee Idzi ready if needed and moments later Bangor's number one did well to push a clean
strike from tricky winger David Brooks around the post for a corner.
  Bangor then put together their best passing period of the game, sweeping the ball from side to side. Ryan Edwards and Rob Jones much involved and so too young Joe Culshaw who impressed in his central midfield outing. This culminated in a fourth corner of the afternoon for Bangor won by Sion Edwards, crossed into the six yard area to Les Davies but Hall rushed out bravely to smother his low goalbound strike.
  Again the blues midfield found their passing rhythm as Ryan Edwards and Joe Culsahw combined to release Sion Edwards whose inviting cross was headed behind by Jamie Petrie on 66 minutes.
  On 72 minutes Bangor made a double substitution as teenagers Jamie McDaid and Iolo Hughes came on for Sion Edwards and Rob Jones who both limped off after heavy challenges. With ten minutes to go Miles John replaced Lewis Harling and within two minutes he found his way into referee Griffith's little black book for a lunge on Lee Idzi.
  Sam O'Sullivan then sprung to life with a run and twenty yard shot from the right before a weary Les Davies was replaced by another blues youngster John Littlemore. Again Bangor continued to pass the ball confidently in the face of the bigger and more experienced south Walian side.
  Into added time and a final change for the visitors as Josh Bell trundled on for David Brooks and immediately sent a low shot across the Bangor goal which had home fans worried. That was the final action and both sides seemed reasonably content with a draw, in particular former Wales & Wolves defender Ryan Green whose "take your time" guidance to his team mates began in the third minute.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Sion Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Lee Surman
  REFEREE
Iwan Griffiths
  ATTENDANCE
446



5 7 September 2013
Afan Lido 0 v 3 Bangor City
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 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Afan Lido






















Bangor City

1  Rory McCreesh




Lee Idzi  1
22  Josh Doyle




Dec Walker  2
14  Luke Borrelli



Iolo Hughes
16
34  Ian Hillier




Michael Johnston
4
4  Mark Crutch




Anthony Miley
6
31
 Matthew Rees




Ryan Edwards
20
7  Chris Harland




Jamie McDaid
15
5  Kristian James




Rob Jones
8
9  Rameer Outlaw




Les Davies
9
12  Gareth Phillips




Jamie Petrie
10
36  Casey Thomas




Sion Edwards
11


18
 Alex Gammond  (64) for 12 Ph'p



Chris Jones  7
11
 Jordan Smith (74) for 5 James



Joe Culshaw (90) for 11 Edwards 14
14
 Scott McCoubrey



John Owen (76) for 15 McDaid  17
22
 Garyn Preen (80) for 34 Rees



Luke Gibson  18
29
 Jackson Hall




Corey Jones (90) for 10 Petrie 22
40
 Callum Margetson
















-
 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  Anthony Miley
  Les Davies
  Rob Jones
  


   Bangor bounced back from that midweek defeat with a fine three nil win at Afan Lido thanks to three second half goals.
  And it was a day to remember for teenage defender Iolo Hughes who made his Welsh Premier debut in place of Chris Roberts but alongside captain Michael Johnston who was fit to resume at the back.
  Lido went close early on.Midfielder Chris Hartland found Rameer Outlaw on the right and he passed back to debutant Casey Thomas whose long ange shot forced a fingertip save from Lee Idzi in the Bangor goal. Minutes later Idzi collected a corner when Kristian James shot was deflected behind after good approach play from Outlaw. It was to prove an afternoon of mixed emotions for the uniquely named striker.
  Bangor responded with a passing move which saw Jamie McDaid hit the target from twelve yards after a cross from the right from Jamie Petrie which unfortunately for City goalkeeper McCreesh saved comfortably. For Bangor the reshaped defence stood firm with Iolo Hughes impressing at leftback whilst the midfield was well served by the industrious combination of Rob Jones and Ryan Edwards.
  Lido were awarded a freekick thirty yards out but young striker Luke Borrelli failed to find the target with his effort.
  So with nothing to seperate the sides at the interval - after an evenly contested fourty five minutes - the players left the field at the Marstons Stadium.
HALF TIME 0-0
  No changes at the interval.
  Bangor went close almost from the kick off after Jamie McDaid passed to Sion Edwards who crosses but Les Davies cannot steer his header home. Next Rob Jones cross deceived McCreesh but landed agonisingly on the roof of the net. Anthony Miley was booked for a foul.
  Kristian James unleashed Rameer Outlaw who runs into the box but his shot was parried by Lee Idzi, great goalkeeping by the Bangor glovesman. McCreesh was on his toes then to push a Bangor freekick around the post.
  But on 63 minutes Bangor have the lead. A deep Sion Edwards corner is headed home by centreback Anthony Miley to the delight of the blues contingent who have made that long journey south. Lido respond by sending on Alex Gammond for midfielder Gareth Phillips before Chris Hartland became the next name in Mr Stewart's book.
  Both sides rang the changes as Kristian James made way for Jordan Smith and Jamie McDaidwas was replaced by John Owen. With ten minutes left Garyn Preen came on for Mathew Rees. Then two minutes later another deep corner from the right and Rameer Outlaw handled a goalbound Anthony Miley header at the back post and was harshly shown the red card and Bangor were awarded a penalty.
  Up stepped Les Davies to power home hard and low to make it two nil with City now seemingly on course for three points on the south coast. The veteran Ian Hillier couldnt help but argue the point - Outlaw was facing away from the ball - and was duly shown the yellow card.
  Lido seem to have had the stuffing knocked out of them and Sion Edwards went close to a third before he was replaced by young Joe Culshaw. Then as time ran out eighteen year Corey Jones comes on for Jamie Petrie.
  In the dying seconds substitute Culshaw split the defence for Rob Jones to net from fifteen yards and make it three nil and confirm a hard fought away win for Bangor and a second clean sheet of the season.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Ryan Edwards
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Chris Hartland
  REFEREE
Ryan Stewart
  ATTENDANCE
173


4 3 September 2013
Bala Town 3 v 1 Bangor City
The League Cup
-

 COLOURS
  Black & White
-
  SCORERS
  Mark Connolly 2
  Kieran Smith
  
 



 Bala Town






















Bangor City

23  Matthew Boswell




Lee Idzi  1
3  Ben Collins




Dec Walker  2
4  Stuart Jones



Chris Roberts
3
12  Dave Morley




Ryan Edwards  20
5  Ryan Valentine




Anthony Miley
6
20
 Kenny Lunt




John Owen
19
6  Conal Murtagh




Chris Jones
7
8  Mark Jones




Rob Jones
8
28  Kieran Smith




Les Davies
9
10  Ian Sheridan




Jamie Petrie
10
7  Mark Connolly




Sion Edwards
11


18
 Lewis Codling  (82) for 28 Smith



Nick Bould
13
11
 Stef Edwards (86) for 10 Sh'dan



Joe Culshaw (80) for 8 R Jones 14
14
 Edwin Renaud (45) for 12 M'ley



Luke Gibson
18
22
 Ryan Wyn Jones



Iolo Hughes  16
24
 Chris Mason 



Michael Joh'n (46) for 19 Owen 4
32
 Mark W Jones




Jamie McDaid (68) for 7 Jones 15






Corey Jones
22


-
 COLOURS
  Red
-
  SCORERS
  Anthony Miley
 
  
  


   Bala were deserved winners of this League Cup tie on a pleasant if gnat infested evening at Maes Tegid.
  And credit to referee Nick Pratt whose relaxed and humourous presence is in stark contrast to most of his his fellow whistlers.
  Bangor started off like a train and forced four corners in as many opening minutes with motor mouth goalkeeper Boswell flapping around like a wet hen. But despite this it was Bala who took a fifth minute lead when Mark Connolly rifled home past Lee Idzi despite his desperate low dive following a cross from the left.
  City went close to an equaliser when Chris Jones cut in from the left but his low shot bounced wide of the right post. Mark Jones caused chaos in the Bangor defence with a run in from the left but his shot sliced wide. On 27 minutes Bala doubled their lead when another cross from the left found Mark Connolly who headed home emphatically beyond Idzi.
  On the half hour John Owen passed to Rob Jones on the edge of the Bala box but his shot flew high over Boswell's crossbar. Ten minutes before half time Les Davies' fierce shot was deflected for a fifth Bangor corner which was half cleared to Dec Walker but his twenty five yarder flew over.
  Eight minutes before the interval a sixth corner brought a goal back for Bangor as Anthony Miley headed home firmly from eight hards. Two minutes before the interval Les Davies held off Dave Morley to turn and shoot low to his right. The shot cannoned off the far upright and rolled straight to grateful goalkeeper Boswell lying prone on the turf.
  The closing action saw former blues midfielder Dave Morley replaced by Edwin Renaud but there was no further goalmouth incident and the sides trooped off with Bala holding a slender one goal advantage.
HALF TIME 2-1
  One change at the interval saw Michael Johnston replace John Owen.
  This saw Bangor shift to a flat back four with Johnston alongside Anthony Miley and City pushed forward to force a seventh corner which Bala cleared. The no nonesense Stuart Jones again to the fore.
Anthony Miley at Bala
  Ten minutes after the restart Rob Jones was shown the yellow card for a foul on veteran schemer Mark Jones which yielded a freekick which Mark Connolly struck with some power to force an outstanding save from Lee Idzi. The blues defence were alert to the danger and cleared the follow up effort.
  Stuart Jones was then booked for a clumsy challenge on Chris Jones on the Bangor left before on 68 minutes Jamie McDaid replaced Chris Jones. Bala pushed forward and won a couple of corners the second of which saw Lee Idzi pull off a great save from a Stuart Jones header. Mark Connolly and Mark Jones again went close for Bala with Idzi in the thick of the action.
  But on 73 minutes there was nothing Idzi could do as leftback Collins boomed clear and Kieran Smith latched onto a loose ball on half way to race away and slot the ball calmly beyond the exposed goalkeeper. Bangor won an eighth and then ninth corner sandwich around the substitution of summer signing Joe Culshaw for Rob Jones.

  On 82 minutes Lewis Codling came on for goalscorer Smith. The game was now set into traditional Bala v Bangor style. City attack and have some pressure before Bala break with pace. A tenth corner but no clear effort on goal before Stef Edwards came on for Ian Sheridan.
  An eleventh and final Bangor corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Chris Roberts was fouled. DecWalker spotted the freekick but Boswell saved and that was pretty much that.
  A deserved win for Bala who always looked dangerous on the counter, and a hard working performance from Bangor who could not quite make the most of their chances.
  MoTM BANGOR CITY
Lee Idzi
  MoTM OPPOSITION
Stuart Jones
  REFEREE
Nick Pratt
  ATTENDANCE
288


3 30 August 2013
Bangor City 0 v 1 Prestatyn
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 COLOURS
  Blue & White
-
  SCORERS
  
 
  
 



 Bangor City






















Prestatyn Town

1
 Lee Idzi




Dave Roberts
1
2
 Dec Walker



Chris Davies
2
3
 Chris Roberts



Jack Lewis
3
6
 Anthony Miley



Sean Hessey
5
8  Rob Jones




Dave Hayes
4
20
 Ryan Edwards