Citizens Through At Seasiders Expense
By Sam Williams
Bangor City Progress Through To The Next Round
19th Minute - GOAL BANGOR 1 - Debutant Louis Robles slots home to make it 1-0.
22nd Minute - GOAL BANGOR 2 - Robles again with a flick on past Dave Roberts. 2-0 to the Citizens.
45th Minute - SUB TOWN - Gareth Evans OFF > Ben Jago ON.
52nd Minute - YELLOW CARD TOWN - Marc Williams into the book for dissent.
58th Minute - GOAL BANGOR 3 - Henry Jones with the goal to make it 3-0 to Bangor.
60th Minute - SUB TOWN - Lewis Buckley OFF > Liam Dawson ON
80th Minute - GOAL BANGOR 4-0 - Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a lovely chipped finish.
81st Minute - SUB TOWN - Marc Williams OFF > Leo Riley ON
82nd Minute - DOUBLE SUB BANGOR - Louis Robles, Gary Roberts OFF > Sean Cavanagh, Jack Metcalf ON
85th Minute - ATTENDANCE - 373
86th Minute - SUB BANGOR - Gary Taylor-Fletcher OFF > Rodrigo Branco ON
4th round of the JD Welsh Cup found Llandudno back on familiar territory having found themselves at Nantporth previously on boxing day 2016 where a 2-1 reverse was played out, town's consolation goal coming through Lee Thomas.
Attention turns to today's game, a fortunate reprieve for Llandudno despite being beaten by Goytre in round 3, a decision by the FAW means Town face off against a much changed Bangor who, revitalised by three new signings, the pick of the bunch being former Blackpool player Gary Taylor-Fletcher, throw all three into the starting line up whilst Town make one change bringing Danny Shaw in to replace Tom Williams.
A tentative start by both sides in a game that's starting to look like an expansive one with lots of space available on the Nantporth pitch.
Lewis Buckley making a menace of himself up against Gary Roberts and the new boy Sergio Uyi, winning an early battle and testing Connor Roberts with a low driving effort which Roberts gets down well to save.
Game being stopped at every dead ball here as Bangor seemed to have forgotten to pump their match balls up and Mr Pratt in the middle isn't amused.
Goal in the 19th minute and Bangor take the lead against the run of play, Town having a lot of joy going forward putting Bangor's back line under pressure but Bangor break and after some confusion debutant Louis Robles slots past the onrushing Dave Roberts, off the post and in to make it 1-0 Bangor.
Danny Hughes testing Connor Roberts in the Bangor goal with a fierce dipping volley that the keeper is equal too, forcing a corner for Town that comes to nothing.
2 goals in 3 minutes for Bangor here as Town look all at sea, Louis Robles again for the Citizens with a deft flick past Roberts. 2-0 to Bangor and Llandudno need an answer here and soon.
Good work down the right by Taylor and Williams results in the former getting an effort off across goal that's deflected off Wilson and saved well by the in form Connor Roberts.
36' on the clock and Town win their 7th corner of the game which results in a clearance by the Bangor back line who have been well organised here and nullified any threat the seasiders have had.
One of the few clear cut chances Town have had today after Lee Thomas worked diligently to win the ball back and linked up with Marc Williams who returned the ball to him only for Thomas's left footed effort to trickle past the far right post of Roberts. Remains 2-0 Bangor as it nears the half way mark.
The referee blows for half time in what's been a frustrating first half for the men in black and white, exerting most of the pressure on the Bangor rear guard for the majority of the first half a Louis Robles debut goal really looked to have deflated the once buoyant Town attack and that was quickly followed by a second Robles goal in 3 minutes to ensure Bangor go in with a well deserved lead.
Ben Jago comes on at half time for Gareth Evans in a tactical change for Town who look to go 4-2-3-1 and more attacking this half.
Marc Williams goes into the book on 52' for dissent after seemingly winning a free kick after being fouled only for the referee to give it the other way prompting a retort from Williams which the referee wasn't happy with.
Ben Jago being told to leave the field by Nick Pratt for wearing a different colour undershort to the clubs red away kit however after lifting his shorts up to reveal nothing but black boxer shorts in front of the referee he still tells him to leave the field of play. Genuinely unbelievable decision that leaves Alan Morgan astounded on the sideline.
Now 3-0 Bangor thanks to the young Henry Jones finishing off a melee in the box by neatly putting it over Roberts the Town custodian and the Seasiders are still in search of their first goal and if they are to stay in this tie they will need it to be the next one.
A superb 25 yard effort from Danny Hughes hits the post and bounces back out, followed up by Lee Thomas who's effort comes back off Connor Roberts into Sergio Uyi and he flicks the ball up, off his own hand in full view of Pratt, an absolutely blatant handball and nothing given. As well as goals today it's decision and luck going against the seasiders too.
The influential Danny Hughes involved again finding Lee Thomas with a lovely chip over the Bangor defence an Thomas wins a corner that doesn't beat the first man.
4-0 Bangor now, citizens in complete control and Another debutant Gary Taylor-Fletcher, driving from midfield unchecked, cuts back on his favoured right and chips it over the helpless Roberts. Game all but over here at the final whistle bears down.
A deserved standing ovation by the whole ground greets Taylor-Fletcher as he is subbed off.
Final whistle goes and Town comprehensively beaten in a competition that they were reinstated to, high hopes of being able to push on in the cup given their reprieve but a Bangor team inspired by Taylor-Fletcher and Robles got the job done and progress to the quarter finals.
NEWTOWN (H) - 4/2/17 - 2.30PM kick off