A STOPPAGE time goal rescued a point for Bangor City in their 1-1 home draw with Gresford Athletic.

The Citizens’ managed to secure a share of the spoils after piling the pressure late on to finally get their name on the scoresheet, and the result leaves Pedro Pasculli’s side occupying tenth spot in JD Cymru North as they prepare for a trip to fierce rivals Rhyl on Saturday (2.30pm).

The visitors began the game on the front foot and almost went ahead on 12 minutes when Jake Eyre hit the side netting after some superb individual work from Aaron Edwards.

City probed with the majority of possession during the opening stages but were finding it difficult to create anything of note in the final third, with Lennie Armstrong coming closest on 37 minutes when he fired narrowly wide after Patrick Agyemang and Simone Rea were both denied in quick succession.

A controversial moment arrived on 41 minutes when Athletic were awarded a penalty following an infringement, and Eyre held his nerve to despatch the spot kick and break the deadlock.

Things went from bad-to-worse for the Citizens’ just before the break when they were reduced to ten men yet again after Eugenio Dalia was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge.

After the break saw the home side look for a route back into what was turning out to be a bad-tempered game despite their numerical disadvantage, with Francesco Serafino and Aldiar Neto wasting good opportunities midway through the half.

Their persistence finally paid off in the dying moments of the clash when Piero Cauterucci was presented with a chance on 89 minutes, and the Italian despatched the chance after being teed up by Rea to ensure both sides had something to show for their efforts.

The game was marred by a tunnel altercation between both sets of players following the final whistle.