Citizens boss keeps faith despite winless run


Tomos Hughes

BANGOR CITY manager Nev Powell believes his side has enough quality to recover, despite failing to end their eight match league winless-run in dramatic fashion last weekend.

The Citizens have not registered a league victory since their 3-2 win at Afan Lido on November 24 2012, and Powell bemoaned his side’s luck after failing to close out victory against ten-man Prestatyn Town in an extraordinary match at The Book People Stadium.

He said: “You can’t hope to achieve what you want to achieve at this level if you keep giving goals away like that. Top of the table sides don’t give goals away like that.

“You put it down to bad luck at the end of the day and we need that win. We’ve got enough in that dressing room to get us out of it and there’s still a lot to play for.

“Football is all about getting into good habits. If you start losing or drawing you can get into a bit of a rut and you need that win.

"We’ll stick together and we’ll move on to Port Talbot next week.”

City will welcome back skipper Jamie Brewerton and new signing Kris Thomas, who could make his City debut after a long suspension incurred during his time at Llanelli, to this weekend’s visit of fifth-placed Port Talbot.

The players will be eager to put this unenviable run of results behind them, as Prestatyn Town were the latest side to steal something from a match which Bangor looked favourites to win.

The match was a pulsating encounter from start to finish and it was the visitors who drew first blood after 13 minutes, when Andy Parkinson benefitted from some complacent City defending to slam one home.

Three minutes later the hosts were awarded a contentious penalty after new signing Tommy Holmes made a challenge on Chris Simm, but his penalty was saved low by Jon Hill-Dunt.

In what was increasingly becoming a frantic match, Jason Price was sent off on 22 minutes, when he received a second yellow for raising an arm in the area, forcing referee Kevin Morgan to point to the spot for a second time.

This time Dave Morley stepped up, but in a carbon copy of the earlier spot-kick, Hill-Dunt dived low to save once again.

Bangor exerted heavy pressure on Gibson’s ten men, and eventually found a way through early in the second period, as Levi Mackin arrowed one into the top corner on his first start for the Citizens.

But Parkinson put Town ahead again soon after, as a superb shimmy took him beyond Michael Johnston and he colly slotted home his second.

City hit twice in a minute soon after, with Simm’s close range header and a Les Davies drive from a Sion Edwards cross, but the home fans were left stunned at the death, as a Dan Evans cross found an unmarked Michael Parker, and he slotted beyond Idzi to the Seasiders a point.

City travel to face Port Talbot Town (February 16), kick off 2.30pm.

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