BANGOR City lost further ground at the JD Cymru North summit after a thumping 7-0 loss at Prestatyn Town.

The Citizens’ ill-discipline during the second period left them with eight-men against the second-tier pacesetters, which resulted in Stephen Vaughan Jr’s side shipping all seven goals after the break during a disappointing display.

This result was even more surprising given how well City had performed to knock all-conquering champions The New Saints out of the Nathaniel MG Cup during their previous encounter, and the promotion hopefuls will look to get their league campaign on track this weekend when they host Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant at the Eurogold Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm).

After a scoreless first period that saw Rob Hughes go closest with an effort that rattled the crossbar, the home side took the lead on 53 minutes when Alex Jones found the net, and they doubled their tally soon after when Hughes delivered a 20-yard free kick into the corner with 61 on the clock.

This was swiftly followed by another that arrived courtesy of Jordan Davies on 63 minutes, and City’s plight was confirmed when skipper Pavel Vieira was shown a red card.

Defender Kai Edwards added a fourth on 67 minutes to seal the victory, and Hughes despatched another chance from the spot on 83 for his second of the evening.

David Thompson was dismissed for the visitors in the closing stages and defender Lucas Surber was forced off through injury after Vaughan Jr had used all his substitutes.

There was still time for Town to rub further salt in the visitors’ wounds, with striker Ian Griffiths firing a quick-fire brace soon after coming on to complete the scoring and round off a miserable evening at the office from the away side’s perspective.