FORMER Bangor City manager Craig Harrison marked his first game in the dugout for Connah’s Quay Nomads with defeat at another of his old stomping grounds.

The Huws Gray Alliance side were rocked by the news of Harrison’s departure on the eve of their JD Welsh Cup clash with Mold Alexandra, with the Nomads falling to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of The New Saints, where the figure had so much success during the initial stages of his managerial career.

Harrison, said: “It all came about because it’s an opportunity to work with Andy (Morrison) and become a full-time coach again, as I struggled with the part-time aspect of it.

“I have a lot of respect for Andy as we played together a long time ago and he has done a fantastic job since he’s come in here, taking Connah’s Quay from second bottom to challenging for the title.

"Stephen Vaughan Jnr has been excellent and very supportive of me as manager of Bangor City, but the opportunity to return to full-time football was too good to turn down.

"Maybe I underestimated returning to part-time football with Bangor after leaving Hartlepool. Going into a club as big as Bangor I thought I could run with it, but I had eight years in full-time football and this is a great opportunity."

"It will be a learning curve for me. It is a chance to do a different roll and use a different skillset.

"The important thing is that in Jock (Morrison) I am working under someone with great knowledge and experience.

"I like his professionalism and attention to detail, we are on the same page in that respect.

"Andy is a very good manager and I'm looking forward to helping him and the team achieve their goals."

Aeron Edwards and Blaine Hudson got the goals that sealed the win for Saints, who moved back to the JD Welsh Premier League summit following the success.