Bangor too strong for Town
Bangor City 5-0 Denbigh Town
This was always going to be a touch encounter for Denbigh as they travelled to an in form Bangor City side who move up to second place in the league as a result of this win. Denbigh were not helped by suspensions to four key players as Tony Davies, Scott McHarrie, Mark Roberts and Curtis Langton were all absent along with the injured Jake Walker.
Denbigh welcomed new loan signing Allieu Sheriff to their ranks from Flint Town Utd and he started up front. Jacob Parry, a product of Denbigh’s Development team warranted selection as a follow up to his confident display as a substitute in the Gresford game last week. Two more players from the Reserves team were on the bench – Billy Holmes and Paul Williams
When the teams played at Central Park in August, Denbigh ran out 3-2 winners . Since then Bangor have stepped up a gear and are now aiming to challenge Airbus Broughton FC at the top of the league
It was Denbigh who had the better start to the game with two excellent chances to take the lead within the first five minutes. Stuart Vernon played a ball down the right wing for the strong Allieu Sheriff to shrug off his defender and send a great ball across goal for Sam Jones whose shot from 8 yards flew over the bar. Minutes later Sheriff himself took an opportunist chip over the Bangor’s keeper Gruff Evans who was in no man’s land only for the shot to clip the post and bounce across to the goal for a defender to clear.
Bangor soon composed themselves and forced a number of corners in a short space of time but Denbigh’s defence of Miles Todd, Bailey Jackson and Jacob Parry were holding firm blocking all attempts at goal and limiting the chances on goal to a minimum.
However the pressure eventually told and Mike Williams put the Citizens ahead on 21 minutes from a corner which found Sam Barnes in the Denbigh box. His header was blocked by a Denbigh head but flew out to Williams who headed in from 6 yards.
Minutes later Alex Boss then had a chance to put City two up when he turned his defender and shot low across Craig Vernon’s goal only for Vernon to pull off a great diving save to his right hand side – the first of many vital saves Vernon would make during the game.
Despite Bangor having increasing amounts of possession Denbigh had their chances. Pat Hinchcliffe and Lewis Sirrell linked well with Stuart Vernon and Sam Jones but the final ball went through to Gruff Evans in the Bangor goal. Stuart Vernon then dodged inside his defender to fire a low shot at Evans which the keeper did well to gather.
The second half saw Bangor continue to put pressure on the Denbigh goal with Vernon called upon to make another fine stop on 54 minutes from an Alex Darlington free kick which he parried away and Denbigh were able to clear their ranks.
Sam Downey had taken the Denbigh captain’s armband for the day and he was involved in a lot of the midfield tussles and he found Allieu Sheriff in one move who passed to Sam Jones outside the box but Bangor were able to hustle Jones off the ball and clear the danger.
At the other end Miles Todd made a tremendous tackle to thwart City’s Alex Boss. However from the throw in the ball found its way to Gary Taylor-Fletcher who found S Jones whose shot was saved by Craig Vernon but the ball rebounded out to Alex Boss who fired in Bangor’s second on 63 minutes
This unsettled Denbigh and a minute later S Jones had got their third after Denbigh lost the ball in midfield and the ball broke to Jones whose shot gave Vernon no chance.
Denbigh made changes with a double substitution with Chandron Gioacchini and Paul Williams coming on for the hardworking Dan Lloyd and Sam Jones.
But two minutes later it was 4-0 as S Jones was on the end of some good work from Mark Williams
Within a space of five minutes from being 1-0 down Denbigh now found themselves 4-0 down. Nevertheless the Town continued to battle and fought until the end with everyone putting in a sterling effort. Chances did come with Lewis Sirrell creating a half chance for Pat Hinchcliffe which was snuffed out and Paul Williams having a chance which went straight into the keeper’s arms.
With the game winding down Bangor got their fifth with the last kick of the game from Alex Darlington.
Denbigh were in the game until that five minute spell in the middle of the second half when three quick goals from City helped see them come out comfortable winners
Denbigh’s joint manager Matty Jones said after the game “This was a tough score to take in the end but with the number of players missing, the lads who came in did themselves proud with their attitude and commitment. It’s vital that we now move on quickly and focus on the next set of important fixtures”
The next fixture is at Central Park on Friday 18th January 2018 against Conwy Borough with a 7.30pm kick off
Gruff Evans, Anthony Stephens, Yalany Baio, Sam Barnes, Jake Phillips, Alex Darlington, S Jones, Alex Boss, Marc Williams, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Mike Williams Subs: Jordan Piggott, Sameron Dool, Nathan Wolland, Jacob Farleigh, Robbie Parry
Denbigh Town FC
Craig Vernon, Jacob Parry, Miles Todd, Dan Lloyd, Bailey Jackson, Stuart Vernon, Pat Hinchcliffe, Sam Downey (Capt), Lewis Sirrell, Allieu Sheriff, Sam Jones: Subs – Sion Jones, Chandon Gioacchini, Billy Holmes, Paul Williams
Attendance – 202