BANGOR City player-manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher hailed his young side after they secured a 4-3 derby success over Rhyl.

The Citizens were in clinical mood on their return to the EuroGold Stadium against their fierce rivals, keeping their hopes of a top two Huws Gray Alliance finish alive ahead of the run-in.

They now sit eight points behind Flint Town United with two games in hand, and City will look to close the gap this Friday when they travel to Holywell Town and hope the Silkmen are beaten at champions Airbus Broughton on Saturday.

Taylor-Fletcher, said: It was a thoroughly professional, class performance, and I think we showed what Bangor City is all about.

“Playing the right way, doing the right things and credit to the young team we had out there that stood up to the battle, to the physicality.

“I think when we’ve played football, we’ve shown how good we can be.”

Things got off to a great start for the home side and they went ahead on 14 minutes when Jacob Farleigh drilled a superb half volley into the net after latching on to a long throw, and City doubled their advantage midway through the half courtesy of a sensational long-range effort from Robbie Parry with 23 gone.

The Lilies’ defensive frailties were once again evident on 34 minutes when young full-back Tom Reilly carried the ball into the area unchallenged before finding the corner, but the away side did manage to keep their hopes alive just before the break when Sam Molyneux hit the target.

Parry notched his second of the evening after the break when he converted from the spot on the hour mark, but this was met by a swift response in the form of a James Murphy thunderbolt on 68 minutes.

A nervy ending to proceedings was ensured when Murphy unleashed another ferocious effort into the top corner after 84 minutes, but City held on in the dying moments for a tremendous victory.