BANGOR City director of football Steven Vaughan Junior was pleased his side reached the JD Welsh Cup third round “under the circumstances” following the shock departure of Craig Harrison.

The Citizens booked their place in the hat with a 5-2 home win over Mold Alexandra at the VSM Stadium, just 24 hours removed from Harrison’s announcement that he was leaving his post to take up the first team coaching role at JD Welsh Premier League title hopefuls Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Speaking to the Casual Citizen podcast, Vaughan Jnr said: “It was a mixed performance. There was some good and some bad but at the end of the day when we got here this morning (Saturday) we wanted to be in the next round and we are despite the circumstances.

“Things changed quite a bit for me, but it was pretty much the same for the lads in the build-up, although the instructions might have been a little different. We didn’t complicate things and got ourselves through.

“The game was the story of our season really, we played some great stuff, but we are conceding too many silly goals which is why I think Craig moved to three at the back in the first place.

“We know the areas we need to work on and everyone is disappointed with our league position, so it’s now a case of finishing as high as we can and if Airbus do sip up then we will be there to take advantage.”

City talisman Les Davies turned in a fantastic performance that saw him pick up two goals during a virtuoso display from the veteran forward, with Alex Darlington and Andy Jones also on target to further aid their side’s cause.

The club dedicated the victory to Dick Rigby, a passionate supporter for decades who died last week.

Vaughan Jnr will now begin preparations for the Citizens’ return to Huws Gray Alliance action this Saturday when they travel to Penrhyncoch (2.30pm).