Ten-man Bangor crash to Prestatyn defeat


Top of the table barely a week ago, City now find themselves five points behind leaders The New Saints after suffering another shock defeat.

Having surrendered a two-goal lead to Cardiff Met last Saturday, the odds at least favoured Bangor to complete a league double over the Seasiders when they visited Bastion Gardens for a North Wales Coast derby clash which always counts among the most anticipated fixtures in the WPL campaign.

Unfortunately for City, they couldn’t have feared a worse start as Jack Kenny beat a goalmouth scramble to take the lead for Prestatyn in only the second minute. But a strong start by Dean Rittenberg was rewarded as an error from Town keeper Carl Jones allowed him to nod in the equaliser after seven minutes.

Bangor dominated as the likes of Brayden Shaw and James Demetriou continued to frustrate the hosts – and they persevered until Rittenberg cut through the ball for Stephen Hewitt to drill home from the edge of the box to take the lead.

But Prestatyn worked their way back into the game and Reece Fairhurst was on hand to turn in a pinpoint corner from James Stead to restore parity again – all within the first half hour.

City started off the second half brighter and were almost back in front immediately via Demetriou, but his effort from Luke Wall’s pass was ruled offside. It became ever more frustrating for the visitors until the flashpoint came when Brayden Shaw saw red for a second bookable offence in a matter of minutes.

Moments after that mistimed tackle, Prestatyn made them pay as Ben Maher unleashed a goal-of-the-season contender – his 30 yard shot struck below the crossbar and into Connor Roberts’ net with 15 minutes to go.

Bangor looked desperate to make it 3-3 but from one of their few late chances, a pass-back to the keeper came into Jack Kenny’s path to wrap up three deserved points for Prestatyn and a miserable week for the Citizens.

Falling far short of the strong response demanded from manager Kevin Nicholson, next Friday night’s home encounter with Cefn Druids will be critical for City.