BANGOR 1876 forward Jamie Petrie has been reflecting on a memorable first season in a competitive environment for the club.

The prolific player has played a leading role in the club’s incredible campaign so far, which sees them comfortably on top of the Gwynedd League and securing some notable scalps against higher-tier opposition in cup competitions.

Petrie has overcome a significant leg injury that threatened his playing career at one stage to become a vital cog in the 1876 squad, which is something that clearly means a lot to the player.

He said: “It’s an incredibly special thing that has been created in such a short space of time. But before it even started Bangor meant a lot to me.

“I had some amazing years at Bangor City which I feel I really benefited from, but I felt that I wasn’t able to fully repay the club and people for their support.

“Unfortunately, after breaking my leg I spent a lot of time in the stands and to be honest, never managed to regain full fitness due to numerous operations. But during that time, the Bangor fans and so many people involved with the club were incredibly supportive towards me and really helped me.

“I was gutted to leave the club without in some way repaying the support and kindness I’d been shown. So as soon as Bangor 1876 was created I was keen to be involved.”

Petrie has notched almost 50 goals this season before the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended, with the likelihood of a possible expunging of all fixtures from tier three down now a real possibility.

This might not impact 1876’s chances of promotion, with the club working hard to meet the new tier 3 criteria issued by the Football Association of Wales.

“It’s a bizarre and scary scenario for everyone and being on lockdown is no good for your fitness especially when you’re in your thirties,” added Petrie.

“Hopefully we can finish the season strongly once normality resumes. But the only thing that matters right now is the health and safety of everyone involved with the club.”