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City 3 - 2 Llanelli
Neath 2- 0 City
City 1 - 1 Aber'th
City 4 - 1 Afan Lido
Airbus 2 - 4 City
City 0 - 3 TNS
Carmarthen 1 - 2 City
City 4 - 0 Newtown
Bala 1 - 2 City
City 3 - 1 Port Talbot
Llanelli 2 - 1 City
City 2 - 1 Neath
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City 2 - 1 Airbus
TNS 3 - 4 City
City 4 - 0 Carmarthen
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City 2 - 4 Llanelli (WC)
City 2 - 1 Bala
Port Talbot 1 - 2 City
City 5 - 3 Prestatyn
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City 6 - 1 Cfon Wdrs
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Llanelli 0 - 1 City
Bala 0 - 1 City
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Newtown 5 - 1 City (LC)
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City 1 - 3 TNS
Prestatyn 0 -4 City
City 2 - 2 Llanelli
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Bangor overcame an early injury to Shaun Pejic to overwhelm Newtown at Farrar Road.  

City fans could hardly have hoped for a better start. Inside two minutes lef winger Mark Smyth cut in from the wide outside to unleash a thunderbolt that flashed past a stunned Nick Thomas. It was Bangor's second effort after an opening effort from Neil Thomas flew wide.  

On nine minutes though Shaun Pejic limped off indicating an injury at the top of his leg, to be replaced by Peter Hoy who slotted in a rightback. 

City started to push for a second as Les Davies saw a shot cleared off the line and lashed over from close range. It was nineteen minutes in before Newtown fired on target at the St Pauls End through Jamie Price but Idzi held comfortably.  

On 22 minutes though it was 2-0.  A long throw from Peter Hoy dropped to the alert Chris Jones who netted from close range to give Thomas no chance. Moments later another Hoy missile but this time headed over by Alan Bull. Next Chris Jones span and shot goalwards but Thomas saved.  

Twenty nine minutes gone and Zac Evans was yellow carded for a foul, freekick for City, but Thomas held Alan Bull's shot.

A minute later it was 3-0. Alan Bull ran infield from the left, close to the goalline and beat Thomas from a tight angle possibly with the aid of a near post touch or deflection. 

So three nil on the half hour and City fans confidently anticipating a goalfest. It nearly came before the break as first Les Davies and then Jamie Brewerton - who would scarcely have enjoyed a quieter evening - headed goalwards. On 34 minutes Robbie Millington replaced rightback Davies who had been run ragged by Smyth and Bull.   Referees seem to judge Chris Jones harshly and three minutes after the substitution he went into the little black book again for a pretty innocuous challenge. Les Davies headed wide moments before Peter Hoy was flattened by goalkeeper Thomas who got away without a warning.  

In the closing minutes Jamie Price was also yellow carded but when City delivered the freekick Newtown broke quickly through Wrexham loanee Nick Rushton but Lee Idzi saved well.  The final action saw Zac Evans shoot well wide before Huw Jones blew for half time.


As the stand dwellers settled in their seats City went 4-0 up. No more than twenty seconds had elapsed when Bangor won a freekick on the left. Up stepped Alan Bull to send a curling cross which flew over everyone into the top right hand corner.   Surely a rampage was to follow and blues fans rubbed their hands in anticipation. Three points in the bag and more goals to follow... Well not entirely.

Michael Johnston fired well wide from distance before Gareth Partridge replaced the ineffective Rushton. City went looking for a fourth goal as Chris Roberts crossed but Les Davies headed over.   Newtown countered through Ruabon born Partridge but Lee Idzi saved comfortably from Jamie Price who was working hard in the Robins midfield.

City forced a fourth corner of the evening which fell to Neil Thomas but the Newtown keeper palmed over for a fifth flag kick which came to nothing.   On 64 minutes right winger Eddie Jebb trotted on for Chris Jones but it was the visitors who nearly scored when substitute Millington raced past Michael Johnston, rounded Lee Idzi and slid the ball into the apparently empty net - only for Johnston to save the day with a goalline clearance. 

Former Ellesmere Rangers frontman Steve Blenkinsop came on for Jamie Price who seemed as perturbed as most others at his withdrawal.   Eddie Jebb won a corner on the right which again ended in Nick Thomas saving from blues namesake Neil. Chris Roberts returned the half clearance but Thomas denied Jamie Brewerton who had ventured forward for the initial kick.

A seventh corner was pending as Kyle Wilson replaced the impressive Mark Smyth. As the kick came in Les Davies thumped a low shot goalwards but Sutton blocked bravely. Seconds later City players and supporters shouted for a handball and penalty but Referee Jones took no notice.  

Twelve minutes from time Craig Garside's storming tackle won possession in midfield to supply Chris Roberts but his long range shot flew off target. Seconds later Alan Bull fired over and Les Davies had another pile driver blocked at close range. Ouch! Any lack of experience in the visitors ranks was bravely compensated for by effort and a willingness to take a blow.  

City forced an eighth corner which Thomas held but City quickly reclaimed the initiative only for Craig Garside headed wide from Peter Hoy's inviting cross. 

Things got worse for Newtown five minutes from time when Zac Evans limped off with all subs having been used. But the ten men rallied and Millington found time and space to shoot but Idzi saved easily.  

The final two or three minutes might have yielded a couple more goals as Les Davies went close twice, Thomas saved from Alan Bull and Les Davies shot was turned away for a ninth corner. But it remained 4-0 and credit to the spirited young Robins who never gave up despite being overwhelmed for long periods.

Records show City managed 31 efforts - half on target - in a dominant display whilst also recording a first clean sheet of the season.

24 September 2011


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