BANGOR City Men’s 2nds recorded their first win of the season with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over NWHL Division 6 visitors Keele University.

In a tough first half, Bangor came under heavy pressure from the visitors but defended resolutely. However, when a Bangor foot stopped a goalbound shot from Keele halfway through the opening period, the umpires pointed for a penalty flick; goalkeeper Matthew Liles dived to his right to pull off a stunning save.

City started the second half better and they took the lead with a neat finish from Sam Darbyshire.

Bangor battened down the hatches for the closing stages, as Keele pressed for an equaliser. Liles was called into action to make several important stops, while the defence made some crucial tackles, as Bangor held out for a long-awaited three points.

City’s first team suffered a disappointing 6-2 defeat away to Wrexham Glyndŵr.

Apart from the first and last 10 minutes of the match, Bangor were second best throughout.

Wrexham went in 1-0 up at half time, but could have been further ahead were it not for the saves of keeper Rayshauun Suen.

Three further second-half goals from Wrexham’s speedy striker ended the game as a contest, before Ash Hardaker pulled one back from a short corner.

As City continued to push forward, Wrexham struck back with two counter-attack goals, before Matthew Delahoy netted a second consolation goal late on for the Blues.

Bangor 1sts welcome Timperley 3rds to Canolfan Brailsford on Saturday (2.15pm), while the seconds hit the road to take on Birkinhead (12pm).