Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 8 Sept 2012
at The Airfield, Broughton
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Richard Harrington
Chris Simm scored his first Bangor Treble
CHRIS SIMM’S first half hat-trick ensured Bangor City finished the weekend top of the Welsh Premier League.
The Citizens had to battle hard for maximum points from a game which left the respective managers with differing views on what the final outcome should have been.
Simm took advantage of three defensive slip-ups to give City a 3-1 half time lead, Chris Budrys replying for the Wingmakers. In the second period the Broughton hosts did plenty of attacking and Ryan Wade’s fine individual goal on 77 minutes gave them hope of getting something, but it was not to be.
Both sides had chances early on, City’s Les Davies nodding inches wide from a Liam Brownhill free-kick before Airbus defender Ian Kearney had a free header from a Jack Lewis cross, but team-mate Chris Budrys’ intervention put him off.
The deadlock was broken on five minutes when Steve Tomassen failed to cut out a long delivery from Dave Morley and Simm was left in space to lash home from an angle.
Just a minute later, however, Budrys got the final touch from a Lewis long throw to make it 1-1. In the 14th minute a weak back-pass from Kearney was intercepted by Simm who rounded keeper Ben Chapman to slot in City’s second.
Budrys forced Lee Idzi into a good near post save, but in the 35th minute the Airbus faithful had their heads in their hands again. Lee Owens' attempted back-pass let in Mark Smyth, who could have scored himself, but allowed Simm to have the final touch.
Clear chances were few in the second period with City’s defence, where Morley was outstanding in place of the suspended James Brewerton, in solid form.
Chris Roberts almost made it 4-1 with a 40-yarder Chapman just managed to tip over. Airbus raised their hopes when Wade cut in from the left and waltzed through the Bangor defence before firing past Idzi.
The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser, but bar a back-pedalling Idzi palming away a header from Morley, Bangor held on relatively comfortably for the honours.