Kick off:15:45 Saturday, 1st Sept 2012
at Nantporth Stadium, Bangor
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Kevin Morgan
Sion Edwards scored a hattrick
Bangor bounced back in style at The Book People Stadium - and had the Sgorio cameras to thank for capturing a rampant home win over hapless Aberystwyth.
Before the match though both teams and all those present paid a silent tribute to Legend of '62 Bill Souter who died a week earlier.
Once the action began the tormentor in chief of the Cardigan Bay visitors was Sion Edwards whose first half hatrick included a truly sensational second goal which would not have looked out of place in the English Premier never mind the Welsh
It was a rout from the word go. Inside two minutes Jamie Brewerton crashed into the post as he struggled to head a Sion Edwards cross but on five minutes City went ahead as Chris Jones drove home after Stuart Jones headed a corner to his feet in the Aber goalmouth.
A minute later it was 2-0 when Sion Edwards guided the ball beyond James Wood left footed from the right edge of the box.
On nine minutes Bangor went 3-0 up as unsettled Aber centreback Stuart Jones could only slide Chris Simm's low cross from the right into his own net. All credit due to Simm for his grim determination in chasing what looked like a lost cause. Les Davies has a shot saved but on 20 mins it was 4-0 this time the other centre half Wyn Thomas' turned home a low shot from Chris Jones whilst under pressure from Chris Simm.
Under siege Aber had something to cheer on 24 minutes though as tiny Jordon Follows tapped home from close range. Could this herald a fightback by Tomi Morgan's side?
On the half hour Bangor forced three quick corners before Sion Edwards doubled his tally with a fantstic dipping volley from the left despite running away from goal. An early goal of the season contender reminscent of his strike at Prestatyn last season. With the scoreline now showing 5-1 Les Davies fired over but on 35 mins it was 6-1 as Sion Edwards drove home low from the left to beat the exposed Wood all ends up.
A brillant hatrick of left footed strikes from the left winger - his first for City.
Half time score six one, and of course the second half had to be an anti climax! How do you follow that?
HALF TIME 6-1
At the interval Aber replaced young Cledan Davies with the vastly experienced Glyndwr Hughes. Les Davies was harshly yellow carded for a challenge on half way - it doesnt pay to be big and strong in this league - before on 50 minutes Dave Morley replaced Craig Garside who had been pulling the strings in midfield. Five minutes later Sion James came on for Declan Carroll.
On the hour Bangor took the corner count up to eleven after Chris Jones saw his shot deflected and of the thrid in the sequence Chris Simm headed narrowly wide. There was still work to be done for the defence and Michael Johnston and Jamie Brewerton stood firm when needed alongside new fullbacks Ryan Edwards and Liam Brownhill.
City went 7-1 up on 66 mins as the hard working Chris Simm - still looking occasionally like the man whose dog ate his wallet - got on the end of a right wing cross from Les Davies to slide in at the back post for a well deserved strike. And his third in three games, one in each, to show his growing importance to the team.
Moments after the goal a twelth corner after Sion Edwards had seen his shot deflected wide but again Chris Simm headed the flag kick narrowly wide. With fifteen minutes to go a double change for Bangor saw Alan Bull and Mark Smyth replace Sion Edwards and Chris Jones. But it was Aber who nearly struck as Jordan Follows played a clever one-two with Glyndwr Hughes before forcing a great save of Lee Idzi from close range.
This also yielded Aber's first corner of the afternoon which Lee Idzi then pouched confidently.
Former Llanelli striker Follows then jumped into Jamie Brewerton who must wonder what protection he is ever to receive before a great deep crossfield ball from debutant Ryan Edwards was headed wide by Chris Simm. With three minutes left Stuart Jones fouled Les Davies on half way - no card - and in the final minute a stoppage for Wyn Thomas who clashed with Les Davies as both challenged for a high ball.
The match ended with three minutes of added time and a couple of corners for the visitors the second of which MacCauley headed wide. Credit to Morgan's side for their positive attitude at all times.
Manager Nev Powell commented afterwards that City had simply taken their chances - and could have done so at Newtown last week - to great effect.