Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 5 Jan 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Lee Evans
STYLISH Bangor City staged a quality five star show, featuring Ashley Stott and Les Davies doubles, as they avenged an early season defeat at Airbus UK. Transformed from being unpredictable in the opening stages of the Welsh Premier campaign, Nev Powell's conquerors have gone 11 games unbeaten and have lost just once in 21. But to their credit the lower mid-table Wingmakers matched City in the first quarter until they fell behind to Stott's 12-yard strike on 24 minutes.
In an immediate follow-up Sion Edwards let rip with a scorching left-angled drive, which keeper Ashley Crossthwaite somehow diverted for a corner and, from the flag kick, Lee Webber headed only inches too high. It was a double blast of goals on 41 and 42 minutes by Edwards and Stott, at close range, that settled the game as won and lost.
Form side Bangor, who have nudged up to fourth from top, close to the European qualifying places, went through the motions as the complete masters in the second half. And more goals would have followed quickly but for determined defensive play by Airbus. Mark Allen blocked and then cleared two shots by Stott. While Mike Walsh could hardly believe it when the keeper executed a reflex save to beat away his 10-yarder.
In isolated raids at the other end, Allen had a lob tipped over the bar by Bangor's Paul Smith, who also managed a back twisting save to grab a misdirected header from team-mate Peter Hoy. Bangor's right to the points and a convincing margin of success was endorsed by two goals in the closing quarter, both from Davies, on 70 minutes close in and on 81 with a 20-yards' blockbuster.