Citizens' hat-trick hero Lewis brings Farrar-fervour to Nantporth

Published date: 01 February 2016 |
Published by: Ben Reese
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Steve Lewis came back to haunt Rhyl (pic: Gaynor Thomas) 

FRIDAY night saw the emergence of a new fans' favourite at Bangor City.

Steve Lewis scored his first goals for the club with a dramatic match-winning hat-trick against former club Rhyl.

The Old Enemy were finally put down 4-3 after taking the lead on three occasions.

City were trailing 3-2 with under two minutes to play when Lewis converted from the penalty spot.

In the 93rd minute the same player sent the Bangor University Stadium delirious with a sublime lobbed finish over Terry McCormick.

In his two previous appearances Lewis had shown promise - as have City of late.

On Friday's evidence, both team and new signing suggested there could be a feel-good factor at Nantporth in the Phase Two run-in.

Lewis said he was settling into the club well and was delighted with his contribution against Rhyl.

"It was boss - it was actually great just to score. I thought I would have to win over a few fans here but they have been fantastic," said the 28-year-old Merseysider.

"Nev text me in the day before the game because I've not been match fit. I said I was good-to-go and sensed there were a few goals in me. He asked how many and I said two - we settled on two. When I was celebrating the third Nev got in the way - I had to move him."

Two might never have become three but Rio Ahmadi eventually got the message that Lewis was on penalty duties for the evening.

"Nev told me that Sam Hart was not well and said I was on them," explained Lewis.

"There was a bit of confusiion with Rio as he's usually the second taker."

Lewis said he is developing a good understanding with Ahmadi and City's other attacking players.

"My relationship with Sion Edwards and Chris Jones has been really good. The way Bangor play really suits me. I knew about Damian Allen and Ryan Edwards' quality and in training they are something else."

Manager Nev Powell was full of praise for the man nicknamed "The Beast", calling his third goal a moment of "perfection" that was "worthy of winning any game." He also felt Friday's atmosphere harked back to wining occassions at Farrar Road.

After the game Powell told the club's Audioboom channel he expected improvement from his side when they travel to Haverfordwest County a week on Saturday.

"We know we have to go to South Wales and do better but with the new personnel we have, i.e. Steve Lewis, we can do well down there."

For more from Steve Lewis see this Thursday's edition of the Chronicle.

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