Date: Sun 28 Aug 2016

Bangor City looking to go Full-time in 2017/18!

After a very positive start to the season from a club which has struggled to make a serious impact on The Dafabet #WPL standings in recent years, Andy Legg revealed yet more exciting news for Bangor City fans to get their teeth stuck into this season.

Speaking to Malcolm Allen ahead of Sgorio’s broadcast of this weekend’s live fixture between Bangor City and Bala Town – which The Citizens won 2-0 – Legg revealed the owners’ ambitions to take the club full-time next season, and today told WPL correspondent Jamie Thomas that this is something that has been in the pipeline since the owners took over:

‘It’s not an idea – it’s in the plans from the owners. When I sat down with them when we first met, they told me that this was in the plans for the following year so I believe that’s what they’re going to do.

‘It’ll be very good for the club and then hopefully we can have someone challenging TNS. Next year we want to be challenging to win the title – we don’t want to be making up numbers, we want to win things – and I think these owners will push us that way.’

Commendable Commitment

Garry Roberts was awarded Man of the Match as Bangor bested Bala on Saturday, but fans across social media were also singing the praises of many other players with Daniel Nardiello and Damien Allen garnering particular praise.

Their manager, however, refused to single anyone out for particular praise, instead arguing that everyone deserved to be commended for their performances:

‘I think the whole team deserves a lot of credit – I think it would probably be wrong to single anyone out, because everybody did their jobs.

‘The new players who came in and were getting to know everyone else, they did really well to show what they’re about, but it was just a brilliant combined effort.

‘They worked hard on Wednesday in training and they got their rewards for it, so it just shows that you get out what you put into it sometimes, so it was nice to see yesterday – no complaints.’

There’ve been lots of new faces through the door at The Bangor University Stadium over the last few weeks too, and Legg admitted there are still going to be more faces coming in before the transfer deadline:

‘I believe I’ve got a couple of players coming in sometime this week – I haven’t met them myself, but I’m looking forward to meeting them and we’ll go from there and bring them into what we’ve got.

‘We’re a team gelling and getting to know each other – that includes me too and how I understand the players’ mentality, what makes them tick – so we’re all new to each other and we’re all learning.

‘At the minute I’m happy but I still know there’s a lot of work to be done.’

Glory in Gwynedd

Last season’s clashes between Bangor and Bala don’t necessarily make for pretty reading for The Citizens, as The Lakesiders beat City 3-0 and drew 1-1 with them last year.

This time around, Legg’s side were fairly dominant on their way to a 2-0 victory in The Gwynedd Derby, and the manager admitted the result was unexpected:

‘I was just looking for an improvement on last week – we worked hard in training on Wednesday and it was nice to see some of the things we went through showing on the pitch – I couldn’t fault the players commitment and their attitude.

‘The result shocked me really, but I’m really pleased for the players that they got the result because they deserved it – they worked really hard for each other and they got their rewards.’

After the manner of such a victory against a team everyone is expecting to be up amongst the top three or four teams at the end of the season, many Bangor fans expressed their belief after the game that they could also possibly reach the same giddy heights as the likes of Bala this season, but Legg is refusing to be drawn into that mindset:

‘We can’t get carried away – we won’t get too disheartened when we lose and we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves when we win, because we’re going to be inconsistent for a while – we’re a new side, a young side.

‘I’m not going to get carried away because we got a great result against Bala – they will be there or there about this year, no doubt, they’ve got a good team and good players – and I won’t be too disheartened if we lose our next game either.

‘As long as I can show improvement on the pitch and we can get a little bit of consistency coming in after about four or five weeks, then I’ll be very pleased.’

Readying for The Robins

After a victory against last season’s runners up, many will – rightly or wrongly – place Bangor quite high up in terms of who are the favourites to win any given match in this league.

Having played two of last season’s top four teams already and won one and lost one, facing another top team on Wednesday in the form of Newtown AFC, Legg was full of praise for
City’s midweek opponents:

‘I wouldn’t say we’re favourites. Bangor have been poor for the last couple of years, whereas Newtown have been in the top four or five for years, been into Europe and done well in the Welsh Cup.

‘The manager has done a terrific job there, they play great football, and they’re now a guaranteed top-five side thanks to the work the manager has done there, so we go into the game with the same attitude and desire and hopefully come out with a result.

‘If we can get a result, brilliant, but if not then as long as we show that same desire then I’ll be pleased – I’m not expecting us to win that game on Wednesday, Newtown are still the favourites in my eyes.’

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