Chris Jones scored the winning penalty for Bangor
GUILLEM Bauza watched from the dugout as Port Talbot’s misfortune continued with a 2-1 defeat to Bangor City on Saturday.
The Spanish striker was given a second-half cameo at the GenQuip Stadium but was unable to make an impact as Port Talbot were left to question just how the win had slipped through their fingers following a sharp first-half display.
Scott Young’s side were left licking their wounds at half-time when Chris Jones’ penalty had put Bangor City in front.
Yet Bangor’s lead at the break seemed improbable until the moment Adie Harris was adjudged to have bundled over Declan Walker inside the area in first-half added time.
Sacha Walters claimed his first goal of the season, beating Lee Idzi, as Port Talbot harried forward early on with a spring in their step.
On 36-minutes an ambitious 25-yard drive from Declan Walker put Bangor level, with the promising full-back’s driven effort cruelly deflecting off Ryan Green.
Chasing the lead in the second-half, Port Talbot were unable to find the same momentum against Bangor who stubbornly defended their lead.
“It’s was tough, we probably deserved to be a few up in the first 25 minutes, we didn’t get the goals that we deserved, again, and then we conceded two soft goals,” Scott Young told the official club website following the game.
“We dominated territory and possession in the second-half. It was tough for the lads mentally, as they could’ve been three or four up and they’re losing, so credit to them as they kept going. We’re just not getting the breaks we deserve at the moment.”
Port Talbot started brightly as returning front-runner Adam Wright quickly forged an encouraging partnership with Martin Rose. Buoyed by strong home support, Wright snapped around the ankles of the Bangor defence as the visitors struggled to contain Rose’s aerial dominance.
Sacha Walters turned the ball over in midfield before driving through to score, but only after David Brooks’ snap-shot clipped the edge of the post and Wright was played in to draw a save from Idzi.
Les Davies carried the mantle of leading Bangor’s attack and headed against the crossbar as City sought to immediately reply to Port Talbot’s goal.
But, at the other end, as the Steelmen continued to pose plenty of questions towards, the Blues found Idzi more difficult to beat then he perhaps should’ve been on Walters’ earlier strike.
The Bangor stopper parried a curling Brooks free-kick as it floated over the wall before going onto deny Wright at close range and Brooks again.
Following the re-start, Port Talbot were unable to provide the same threat as they had shown in the first. Stifled by Bangor’s deep defence line, the strength of Les Davies, up front, proved a continual test for Lee Surman, who did well to keep the powerful front-man at bay.
With 26-minutes remaining and the Steelmen increasingly at risk of losing their way, Guillem Bauza was introduced, receiving a warm welcome for the Port Talbot faithful. But it took 14-minutes of play for the admittedly rusty Spaniard to come into the game.
The former Swansea striker showed a deft touch to feed the ball down the line for James Bloom to deliver a cross, which Idzi was quick to claim at the near post.
Much of Port Talbot’s game was reliant on the delivery of Ryan Green and late arrival Lewis Harling but the clocked ticked down without Town offering a genuine second-half threat at goal.