BANGOR City Men’s hockey team endured a third consecutive defeat on Saturday as they went down 5-0 against Neston 3rds.

A thunderous reverse stick strike gave the hosts an early lead, before City’s young side responded with some attacking pressure of their own, with Dave Paterson failing to get his shot off in a one-on-one.

Further chances came for both sides, but Neston netted the all-important second after a flowing move on 17 minutes, before adding a third goal eight minutes later.

The second half saw Bangor hold a better defensive shape and they started the first half brightly.

Tom Hughes and impressive youngster Flynn Holt both had shots saved as the Blues looked to pull one back, while Matt Rogers steered two volleys narrowly wide after some trademark aerials from skipper Ash Hardkaer.

Neston increased the pressure towards the closing stages and drew some great saves from keeper Rayshauun Suen.

However, the Wirral-based hosts netted a further two goals before the final whistle to round off a deserved victory over a City side who had given everything to the cause.

Bangor welcome runaway NWHL Divison Three leaders Stockport Bramhall to the Brailsford Centre 3G Pitch on Saturday (2.15pm).