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All to play for After a great Result at Nantporth

League cup 1st Leg

Newtown fans returned from the newly built Nantporth with pleasing smiles and a knowledge that for large parts of the game the Robins outplayed a full strength Bangor side.

The league leaders fielded a full team for the 1st leg of league cup but would not have guessed that they would be in for such a tight game.

The first 15 minutes saw both teams cancelling out each others hard work with the defences stopping any chances of one another creating any goal threats and 2 bangor corners easily cleared by the very competent Robins back line up.

A magical turn by Zac Evans found himself forging towards the Bangor goal, only to be brought down 6 inchs from the penalty area. Jamie Price stepped up to take the free kick, with the ball clearing the defensive wall it dipped just over the cross bar, First opportunity to the robins and a warning sign of thing to come.

A few clever runs down the right wing from Gareth Partridge and Tom Worthington created a few more opportunities only to be stifled at the last minute by the Bangor defence.

Bangor went ahead on the half hour mark when Kyle Wilson's shot was deflected behind for a Bangor corner. Sion Edwards delivered the cross and Les Davies sent the ball back across goal for captain Jamie Brewerton to head home. With Kyle Clancy having very little to do in the Bangor gaol

City went close as a Sion Edwards free kick was scooped over his own bar by Jamie Price who knew little or nothing about his clearance. Seconds later and a massive penalty shout for Bangor, Shane Sutton being accused of using his arm to stop a thunderous shot from Kyle Wilson, all appeals were in vain as referee Jones indicated it was Suttons shoulder and waved play on.

Just before half time Dave Howarth found himself in the clear with a great chance only for the very impressive Michael Johnston to throw his body in front of the shot and he appeared to lose a tooth in a clash with a Robins striker.

Half time and only the Brewerton goal separating the sides.

Two changes made by Bangor at half time and a more determined start saw them have the first chance with barely a minute of the second half gone, Substitute Smyth shoots only for Sutton to throw his body in the line of fire and clear of the line. With 50 minutes gone Bernie McNally was forced into making his first change as a very impressive Tom Worthington limped off to be replaced by Newtown's top goal scorer Nick Rushton. Within seconds of coming on a neat build up by Zac Evans and Steve Blenkinsop saw the ball find its way through to Rushton and with only the keeper to beat the linesman raises his flag for offside, Close decision but probably correct despite the cry’s of frustration from the Newtown Faithfull. With Rushton causing problems for the Bangor defence McNally makes his second change and brings on Luke Boundford. For Dave Howarth who had worked tirelessly all day up front.

City responded with a low shot from Mark Smyth which Nick Thomas saved well, pushing the ball around his far post for a Bangor corner. The cross was turned home but Les Davies was adjudged to have fouled the young Robins Keeper. Kyle Clancy was then set the same task as a Gareth Partridge shot from 35 yards ripped towards the top left hand side of his goal, the debutant pulled off a great save.

A Bull run down the right sees a Max Penk tackle, the ball ricocheting of bull and out for a throwin. Penk quickly up and takes the throw in. Only for referee Jones to award the throw in to Bangor and hand out the first Yellow of the day to Penk. Offering more fire power and only 25 minutes to pull back a one goal deficit McNally makes his last change bringing on Callum Wright. The final piece of the jigsaw into unlocking the City defence had been made, As Brewerton picked up the second yellow of the day, Zac Evans had the robins best chance of equalising, A lovely through ball from Jamie Price splits the defence and Zac Evans found himself one on one with Clancy only to shoot wide. Minutes later Evans sends a through ball towards Rushton and the Bangor defence was split again. This Time one on one with the keeper, Nick “oli gunner” Rushton slots the ball calmly into the back of the net. 1-1 and quarter of an hour to play. Moments later Partridge crossed and Nick Rushton went close once again. With play now opening up Mark Smyth released Alaln Bull but his cross shot whistled across the goal and ran out for a goalkick.

As time ran out City won an undeserved freekick some 25 yards out which Les Davies spotted but instead Chris Roberts ran in and blasted well over. In added time Mark Smyth again forced a great save from Thomas and the Robins defence hoofed clear. A great performance from the Robins and all to play for in the second leg at Latham Park.