BANGOR City manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher gave a frank assessment of his side’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Guilsfield.

The Citizens were made to pay for lacking a cutting edge in the final third as they failed to build on their impressive Boxing Day success at high-flying Porthmadog, and they now sit in third spot ahead of their trip to Buckley Town on Saturday (2.30pm).

Taylor-Fletcher, said: “It’s a kick in the teeth after the hard work we put in against Porthmadog, but how we performed then and against Guilsfield was chalk and cheese really.

“We had to shuffle things round and I thought we were excellent for the first half an hour but after that the intensity wasn’t there and we didn’t have the instinct to get the first goal which is crucial at this level.

“Teams are going to come here and treat it as their cup final and if we are not at it then we will get punished. Losing Mike (Williams) and Stevo (Anthony Stephens) meant we had to move people around a bit which was tough but I though we should have had enough to take something from the game.

“I can see the players are hurting and they did go right until the end, but the decision making all over the park was just a bit off. Saying that, we have got a good bunch of lads, we will work hard in training this week and I have also set up a game for some of the younger lads who haven’t been involved that much.

“If there isn’t a reaction then I am not doing my job properly and these players aren’t for me, but I know I will get one. You can’t get too down in football so we will look at at what went wrong and will be putting it right.”

A frustrating first half saw City miss a number of chances to go ahead, and they were punished after the break as goals from Steve Litchfield and Steve Blenkinsop on 50 and 66 minutes condemned them to defeat.