City maintain their winning run of form
BANGOR CITY consolidated their top-four status with a victory over Aberystwyth Town that gave them maximun points from three games in eight days.
And City can now look to other priorities with two cup games in the coming week.
City’s first date is at Rhyl tomorrow in the Loosemores’ Cup semi-final and they again confront Aberystwyth in the Welsh Cup on Saturday.
Manager Nev Powell said: “Against Aberystwyth at our place, we pulled off a great win to earn important points and it was all credit to the players for the commitment they put into the performance.
“Our goal from Chris Seargeant, from a free-kick, was something special and he did this when we were together at Connah’s Quay, scoring eight or nine goals from free-kick situations.
“And our keeper Paul Smith, made a couple of magnificent saves to keep us in the game, especially one right at the end, when he turned away a fierce shot from just three yards.
“The whole team were full of confidence again and everyone played his part in difficult conditions, because the wind was unpredictable and the pitch was soft.”
Powell added: “We have a couple of cup games coming up and they will be a refreshing change.”
Seargeant’s special came after nine minutes, when he swept the ball from 20 yards around the line of Aberystwyth defenders into the narrow gap between ‘keeper David Jones and a post.
Town’s stopper would have been in trouble again soon after, but defender Sion James nipped in with a timely interception as Ashley Stott looked set to score from eight yards.
Mike Walsh then put a glancing header across the face of the goal from another Seargeant free-kick.
But the visitors had openings too, the best of which saw Geraint Passmore’s shot diverted for a corner and he also blasted another chance just wide.
City’s Smith excelled in rushing off his line to block from Andy Evans and, at the start of the second half, forced away a right angled threat from Geoff Kellaway.
At the other end Sion Edwards drilled a low cross in from the left, but Stott’s slide in at the front post just failed to connect and Lee Webber powered a header onto the bar from a free-kick.
The game’s last thrill was provided by acrobatic Smith, who flung himself far to his right and managed to get a hand to a goal-bound shot from Luke Sherbon – a save that ensured the welcome City victory.