Bangor boss Powell targeting three wins to reach top-six

Nev Powell has set his Bangor City side a nine-point target in order to qualify for the top-six, following last night’s draw against Bala Town at Nantporth.

Ian Sheridan put third-placed Bala in front before the break but 17-year-old substitute Sean Cavanagh came off the bench to score his first senior goal with nine minutes remaining, leaving the City boss plotting a late assault for a spot in January’s WPL Championship Conference.

It was pleasing to take a point to build on. I said that a point and three wins could get us into the top-six and there’s the point tonight against probably one of the strongest sides in the league.

I thought in the second-half the lads were excellent. We played a strong Bala side who played to their strengths, knocked the ball forward – their a big strong unit but we held out and defended well.

They got their goal close to half time and it was a struggle to get out at times in the first-half because they pressed us in our own half. In the second-half we tried to do the same to them, we got Chris Jones and Sion Edwards a bit close to Michael Elstone and we did a lot better.

The midfield lads got on the ball and passed it better and it was a pleasing performance and I thought we could’ve gone on and snatched it at the end.

Christian Langos and Sean Cavanagh came on and changed the game for us and we’re delighted for Sean to get his first senior goal.

With Rio Ahmadi three games into a four-match suspension and struggling for form in his debut WPL season, the emergence of 17 year old Cavanagh could be just the boost that Bangor require to kick-start their campaign. Who’d bet on him not starting Bangor’s next crucial fixture at fellow bottom-six rivals Aberystwyth Town on Saturday?

The Citizens, now in seventh, have a five-point gap to bridge in order to catch up with sixth-placed Newtown. Powell clearly believes three wins from their remaining five games will put his side right in contention.

Bangor’s remaining first phase fixtures:
19 Dec – Aberystwyth – A
26 Dec – Llandudno – A
1 Jan – Llandudno – H
8 Jan – Newtown – H
16 Jan – Haverfordwest – H

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