There isn’t a bigger game in the Welsh Premier League this weekend than Bangor City’s clash against Cefn Druids on Friday night.
Two of the four sides in this year’s relegation battle go into this game with contrasting fortunes.
I’ve written about Bangor City’s plight plenty of times this season but in credit to them, there are now clear signs of fight coming from City at the so-called business end of the season.
Last weekend Bangor avoided what I thought was the biggest potential banana skin in the Welsh Cup fourth round, as chances went begging at both ends before Bangor ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Cymru Alliance mid-tablers Conwy Borough.
That solid home win and clean sheet sealed Bangor’s place in the quarter-final, setting up a home draw against Newtown in the process, which will have added to the growing confidence within the squad.
Indeed, Bangor have suffered just one defeat in their last five outings and it seems that the losing habit which undermined much of their season is finally beginning to wane.
City impressively fought back twice, scoring in the last minute, en-route to claiming a credible 3-3 draw against Carmarthen at Richmond Park. And prior to that, another last minute goal forced a 2-2 draw against Cefn Druids.
Having reinforced his side in the transfer window, under-fire manager Nev Powell will have been delighted to have seen new signings Callum Morris and Liam Caddick both make their mark of late as they’ve weighed in with some key goals. Their impact has alleviated some of the goal scoring responsibility that somewhat burdened Les Davies earlier on in the season and the welcome addition of Lee Healey has also helped the Citizen’s front-line gain a new lease of life.
With City in the ascendancy, Cefn Druids meanwhile appear to have ran out of stream completely. A rotten run of form has yielded just two points from their last seven WPL games but a win for the visitors at Nantporth would force Bangor sink deeper into the relegation battle.
Cefn Druids have a considerable advantage over Bangor in the league, sitting immediately above them with an eight-point advantage – a defeat would leave Bangor needing to cut an 11-point deficit on Druids with eight games remaining.
Time however, is beginning to run out for all involved including Connah’s Quay – another of Bangor’s relegation rivals. They sit level on points with Druids and will too have a significant say in how the conference pans out. But the sight of Cefn Druids recording a win at Nantporth and pulling away towards safety will dent Bangor’s armour at a time when they are showing signs of recovering from their abysmal start to the season.