BANGOR City finally got their JD Cymru North campaign underway with a 0-0 draw at Conwy Borough.

The Citizens’ returned to competitive action following a lengthy dispute with the Football Association of Wales that ended with a successful result from their recent arbitration hearing, but they had to be content with a share of the spoils against a very organised and disciplined side.

City face another busy week of second tier action that begins with a home tie against Buckley Town on Tuesday, before they make the short trip to Porthmadog on Saturday.

Manager Stephan Vaughan Jr, said: “A 0-0 draw is not really what we wanted, but credit to Conwy Borough who frustrated us throughout.

“The season has started and two big games coming up this week.”

A cagey opening to the contest saw City striker Ashley Ruane booked for protesting a penalty appeal to the dislike of the referee, with a superb Corrig McGonigle delivery narrowly evading the head of Sean McCaffrey at the other end.

The competitive affair saw plenty of robust challenges from both sets of players that resulted in yellow cards for Rob Jones and Francesco Serafino, but despite both sides enjoying large portions of possession after the interval neither were able to create a significant chance of note to ensure they shared the spoils on a sweltering day throughout the North Wales region.

City bolstered their squad before their season opener with the signings of Damase Kiwanda and James Thomas.

Kiwanda is a product of the Huddersfield Town Academy system and played his football last year with Vauxhall Motors, and Thomas has impressed considerable during pre-season with the Citizens in addition to boasting a wealth of non-league experience in England.

“Damase is a strong powerful player who can play on the wing or upfront,” added Vaughan Jr.

“He gives us a really good option across the front line. He’s done a chunk of pre-season with us, playing in two games against Llandudno Albion and Tranmere Rovers’ development squad and he’s really impressed me and the other staff –– he’s another strong addition to the squad.”