BANGOR City boss Kevin Nicholson could not hide his disappointment as his side fell to a 2-1 loss at Bala Town.

The Citizens suffered a blow to their European hopes despite taking an early lead against Colin Caton’s side, and they currently sit in fourth spot in the JD Welsh Premier League standings ahead of their next clash at Cardiff Met on March 24.

Nicholson, said: “I am bitterly disappointed but we didn’t deserve to get anything out of the game.

“It wasn’t good enough and everything was well below par and not to the standards we have come to expect.

“We have to pick ourselves up now as you should do when you suffer a defeat like this. They showed more appetite than we did even though we started okay and got an early goal which I thought we could take on.

“We needed that second goal against a strong Bala team but didn’t get it, they scored from a set piece and although we tried to play more football in the second half there was nobody brave enough to get on the ball for whatever reason. You can’t win when you are so off in so many aspects of the game.

“This is a blow but nothing has been decided yet, there is still plenty to play for and a lot change with five games left.”

The away side got off to a positive start and got their noses in front on 13 minutes when Yves Zama headed home a free-kick after Stephen Hewitt had been fouled.

This provoked a strong response from Caton’s side, who levelled matters on 38 minutes courtesy of an effort from striker Chris Venables, and the prolific forward proved to be the difference once again after the interval when he fired home the decisive goal on 56 to condemn the Citizens to defeat.