BANGOR City moved up to third in the Huws Gray Alliance standings with a 2-0 derby triumph at Porthmadog.

The Citizens produced a professional display against a red-hot Port side, who remain in second spot but are now just one point ahead of Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s side having played a game more.

City will look to continue their excellent recent form this Saturday when they welcome Guilsfield to the VSM Stadium (1pm), with Port facing a trick looking trip to a resurgent Prestatyn Town (2.30pm).

The home side almost went ahead early on when Shaun Cavanagh forced the returning Chris Mullock into a smart stop on five minutes, and Dan Dascalu came within inches of hitting the target a minute later when his thumping effort came back off the post.

This seemed to spring the visitors into life and they were rewarded for their improved play after 12 minutes when forward Marc Williams demonstrated his class to dink the ball over Paul Pritchard before slotting into an empty net.

The former Llandudno and Colwyn Bay star almost hit a second soon after when his striker from a Jacob Farleigh delivery was saved by Pritchard, but Port withstood heavy pressure well and carved out a chance that Gruff John failed to convert midway through the half.

Cavanagh fluffed his lines on the half hour mark after being put through only to see his attempt comfortably saved by Mullock, who was forced off soon after through injury to be replaced by debutant Nathan Wolland.

The outstanding Farleigh was unfortunate not to double City’s lead on two occasions just before the break, and after the interval saw Les Davies also spurn a pair of efforts during an impressive start to the half.

Both sides were keeping things more compact in the second period which meant chances came at a premium, but the crucial moment of the half arrived on 84 minutes when substitute Sameron Dool produced a moment of magic with a scintillating individual goal to seal the points and bragging rights for the Citizens.