Date: Sat 14 Sep 2013

Griffiths again on target as Blues draw with Citizens

Rhys Griffiths scored his third in two matches

Rhys Griffiths scored his third in two matches

PORT Talbot Town return back to South Wales with a point following their 1-1 draw with Bangor City, though it was a result neither side ultimately wanted, writes Matthew Burgess

Rhys Griffiths saw his first-half penalty cancelled out by Les Davies as Scott Young’s side were forced to take a share of the spoils against a Bangor team seeking their first home win of the season.

Bangor’s Les Davies and Sion Edwards proved to a thorn in the side of a Port Talbot outfit looking for a successive Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League wins.

Davies fired an early warning when he turned and struck a half-volley dangerously close to Hall’s goal as the game got off to a frantic start at the Book People Stadium.

Whilst at the other end Sam O’Sullivan squandered a chance to score his first goal for the club, as he shot over when unmarked inside the box.

Bangor constantly looked to threaten down their left flank and wingman Sion Edwards reigned havoc as he fizzed inside into the Port Talbot area and picked out Robert Jones, whose goal-bound attempt was blocked by a defiant Ryan Green.

The opening goal arrived when Declan Walker felled David Brooks as the two chased for the ball for Rhys Griffiths to make no mistake from the result spot-kick, to give Port Talbot the lead and notch his third goal of the campaign.

With Bangor in danger of seeing another home game slip beyond their grasp, the Nantporth crowd were left to bemoan a missed opportunity for the Citizens to pull back level. A breakdown in communication amongst the Town defence resulted in Steven Hall being drawn out to the edge of the area but Bangor hesitated to pull the trigger, before Harling was allowed to remove the threat.

Bangor did find their their way back in when their Hall two dangermen combined. Hall came out past his near post to nulify the advancing Sion Edwards before the wingers’ cut back was fired into the unguarded net on 37-minutes by Davies.

On 40 minutes, quick thinking from Declan Walker saw the right-back charge forward to get on the receiving end of his own ball forward, with Davies in an offside position. Hall darted from the area to put the ball out for the throw-in and faced a nervy rush to get back to his goal before Bangor resumed play.

And with the tide starting to turn, Hall was again kept busy, back pedalling to tip Sion Edwards’ dipping shot onto the crossbar as the half drew to close.

The Steelmen looked to break through David Brooks in the second-half and the number 39 twisted and turned his way into the box to make Idzi save. But it was Bangor who began the second-half the stronger.

Steven Hall punched out Anthony Milley’s header and an inviting free-kick, to the right of goal, was wastefully hit straight into the Port Talbot wall, as Bangor dictated much of the second-half but were unable to truly test Hall as Port Talbot dealt with City’s repeated crosses.

The withdrawal of the injured Sion Edwards saw Bangor lose both their momentum and their best attacking threat as the game became increasingly stretched and the game was broken up by a series of fouls as the match fizzled out with neither side wanting to share the points.

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