BANGOR City men’s hockey team suffered a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of North Wales rivals Rhyl last Saturday.

The experienced hosts made a blistering start and capitalised on some sloppy City passing to net within five minutes.

The pressure continued and after converting a second from a short corner rebound, they made it three-nil with a penalty flick on 20 minutes after James Kelly inadvertently blocked a goalbound shot with his knee.

Rhyl continued to create chances, but City coped better with their direct threat thereafter, with Flynn Holt and David Paterson having opportunities late in the first half.

However, Rhyl netted a fourth soon after the restart to dash any hopes of an unlikely Bangor comeback. Keeper Keith Proudlove pulled off some spectacular saves to frustrate the home side, as Bangor piled bodies forward.

Captain Paul McCallum pulled one back with a tidy finish after a through ball from Matthew Rogers, only for Rhyl to respond with a goal of their own.

Ash Hardaker pulled another back for City in the late stages, but the dominant home side had the last word with goal from a well-worked short corner routine.

Bangor are back at home next Saturday to host Bowden 4ths at the Brailsford Centre 3G pitch, 2.15pm pushback.