SECOND placed Bangor City face Gwynedd rivals Bala Town this weekend in search of their first league victory since November.
Nev Powell’s men came away from Llanelli with a point last weekend, and will hope to claim their first victory of the year at Maes Tegid tomorrow (Friday).
With The New Saints only managing a home draw and Prestatyn Town going down 4-1 at Aberystwyth, City currently lie eight points off the pace with one game in hand.
The Citizens will be boosted by the return of fullbacks Liam Brownhill and Chris Roberts, but will be sweating over the fitness of Peter Hoy and Alan Bull for the trip.
City’s double header with Bala earlier in the season yielded 12 goals, having gone on to lose 6-1 at the Maes Tegid league cup clash after a 5-0 league drubbing of Town at Nantporth days earlier.
Bala’s 10th position belies their ambition to reach the top six before the league split, and boasting an attack of Lee Hunt and Ian Sheridan, they pose a stern test to anyone on their notorious Maes Tegid pitch.
City however will be keen to register all three points to keep up the pressure at the top, following their 2-2 draw at Stebonheath Park.
The Citizens left with a bitter taste in their mouth, after a couple of contentious penalty decisions changed the outcome of the game at the death.
The hosts started brightly, with Geoff Kellaway, Lloyd Grist and Luke Bowen squandering good opportunities early on.
On 15 minutes, the pressure told, when Martin Rose was put through, and he rounded Lee Idzi to slot his 11th of the campaign at the second attempt.
Grist missed another gild-edged chance soon after, before City threatened through Les Davies’ blocked shot. Llanelli had more opportunities before the break, with Lee Idzi at full stretch to deny Luke Bowen.
Five minutes into the second period the Citizens were level, when Simm capitalised on a defensive error to gratefully fire past Craig Morris.
On 65, Idzi excellently denied Rose from close range, before City went ahead two minutes later, with Simm nocthing his 15th of the season with a glancing header.
City then had a frantic penalty appeal turned down when Simm was upended in the box, moments before Sion Edwards brought down Craig Moses, which brought the hosts a penalty and Sion a second yellow card, prompting his early bath.
Antonio Corbisiero stepped up and confidently stroked it past Idzi to leave City cursing their luck yet again this season.
BANGOR City have made their first signings of the Januray transfer window by aqcuiring the services of Chester FC winger Robbie Booth and Holyhead Hotspur winger Jamie McDaid.
The former Everton youth prospect has Football league experience with Chester City, who he joined in 2004, and has also featured for Southport, Droylsden and Burscough.
The 27 year old Liverpudlian has also turned out for BlueSquare Conference North outfit Vauxhall North this season in a bid to regain match fitness.
McDaid, 19, who was at Caernarfon Town last season, comes in to provide more options out wide for Powell.
It also is understood that City are also on the verge of signing defender Kris Thomas from Llanelli AFC.
Thomas, aged 29, who can operate in the centre or the right side of defence, is now waiting on paperwork to go through before he is a confirmed Citizen.
Another player heavily linked with the club is Chester City midfielder Levi Mackin, and it is believed that a deal could go through for the former Wales under 21 international in the next few days.
In other business, City have also loaned out striker Alan Bull to Huws Gray Alliance outfit Buckley Town in a bid to play more first team football.
Bull, who won the November Welsh Premier Goal of the Month, has been restricted to 16 league appearances this season, only three of which were starts.