After negotiating their way through an awkward opening ten minutes Bangor played well and were full value for a crucial away win at Park Hall. But those opening exchanges had the blues fans worried.
Matty Williams headed at Lee Idzi, Craig Jones forced a good save from City's glovesman and moments later Gred Draper hit the post. Phew! It looked like being a long afternoon.
But City started to play, Dave Morley prominent in midfield, Mark Smyth grafting away and Kyle Wilson putting in a good shift alongside Les Davies. On 13 mins City their first corner which Smyth crossed and Davies headed over. A beginning. Then a couple of long throws from Peter Hoy the second of which was headed over by Les Davies.
On the half hour Neil Thomas ran from right to left and fired goalwards - Harrison saved - but the Penygroes midfielder hurt himself in the action and was replaced four minutes later by Sion Edwards who was into the thick of the action from the off.
TNS attacked down the left, Mark Smyth defended bravely and Peter Hoy cleared upfield. Steve Evans turned slowly and Les Davies rushed goalwards but shot at Harrison. With 40 mins gone Michael Johnston crossed deep from the right and Dave Morley headed beyond Harrison to put City ahead. But no sooner had City fans calmed down than Nicky Ward found time and space to equalise.
The final chances of the half came from Chris Jones whose twenty yarder was gathered by Harrison who moments later watched Dave Morley's header sail wide. So half time and one all, much to play for.
HALF TIME 1-1
No changes at the interval but six minutes later City took the lead once more. A great run down the left, Sion Edwards outfoxed Simon Spender and crossed for Mark Smyth to score from ten yards. Three minutes later TNS replaced Matty Williams with Alex Darlington. It mattered not though as Bangor doubled their lead on 58 minutes. Kyle Wilson controlled the ball on the left, cut back onto his right foot and unleashed a low curling effort which deceived just about everyone to nestlle in the far corner.
But five minutes later the full timers cut the deficit as leftback Chris Marriott fired home from twenty five yards. On 70 mins Peter Hoy was rightly carded for a clear trip on half way, but the robust fullback had enjoyed a fine afternoon along with the other back four members who had competed for every ball.
TNS promptly brought on Barry Hogan for the injured Spender. His first act was a trip on Mark Smyth which attracted a yellow card. City won a couple of corners, the second of which Hogan handled and referee Morgan rightly pointed to the spot. Up stepped a rejuvenated Dave Morley who converted emphatically to restore the two goal advantage with fifteen minutes remaining.
TNS pressed and Craig Jones shot low on target but Peter Hoy blocked bravely. A second corner ensued with Nicky Ward crossed from the right but big Steve Evans headed over. With seven minutes left Phil Baker was booked for a foul on Mark Smyth - sounds familiar - but two minutes later the hosts again clawed back with a Tom Roberts shot from the edge of the box.
Four to go and Alan Bull came on for Mark Smyth who had impressed throughout. No sooner this than Bull was floored on half way and a lengthy stoppage followed. Into the five minutes of added time. Dave Morley got his head to a freekick and tempted Evans into a well mean back header which Harrison just kept out.
Four minutes into the added time saw Eddie Jebb trott on for Kyle Wilson - well played - and eventually after six and a half minutes the whistle blew on a hard fought and well deserved win!