A LAST-gasp Harry Tallontire equaliser saw Bangor City Men’s Hockey team sign off their NWHL Division Three campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Wrexham.

Although Bangor had already been relegated, Blues captain Ash Hardaker was determined to see his team finish on a positive note.

A closely-fought first half saw few clear chances emerge, with City keeper Rayshauun Suen equal to everything Wrexham had to throw at him. Tom Hughes squandered Bangor’s best opportunity at the end of the half with a tame effort, as the match remained scoreless at the break.

Wrexham began the second period strongly and after earning a succession of short corners, they eventyually forced the ball home to take the lead.

Bangor responded with some pressure of their own, winning some short corners at the other end. Hardaker’s drag-flicks were met with saves from the impressive visiting goalkeeper.

The onslaught continued, with Matt Rogers hitting the base of the post, as City ended the match well on top.

However, in the last action of the game a Bangor short corner saw the ball fall to Oli Ekberg, whose pass defelected the way of Tallontire, who smashed home a well-controlled half-volley which beat the Wrexham keeper.

It was a good way to end a difficult campaign for City, who went up three divisions at the start of the season. Bagging three wins and three draws on the way, Bangor’s young squad were competitive through the majority of the season and will be conifdent of further progress in Division Four next season.

City take on Bridgend in a Welsh Challenge Cup semi-final in Newtown on Sunday (12.30pm).