Following their 3-0 win at Aberystwyth’s ground Park Avenue last night, Bangor City have secured their place in the top six of the Welsh Premier League for the first time in three years. Does this mean that the good old days are coming back once again for the three time Welsh champions? AFEFootballnews’ gives you 5 reasons why things might just be looking up for the club right now …
5. They have many attacking options.
The signing of Daniel Nardiello in the summer was an impressive one. The journeyman striker has scored 7 goals for the club this season and has shown what he can do in front of goal.
They also have speed merchant Chris Langos slowly coming back to action from injury and another experienced striker in the form of Jamie Reed to choose from in their squad.
As well as those three, the club will have been boosted by the recent singing of Michael Higdon, who has played for clubs in Scotland, Holland and many teams in England, so he will no doubt add even further attacking prowess to the side.
4. Strong midfield.
The ever reliable Damien Allen has again been at the heart of Bangor’s midfield this season and has impressed in many matches. Stockport born Allen scored a brace to seal a top six place in the match last night and has worked his socks off in the middle of the park, week in week out to grind results out for the team.
Summer signing Henry Jones, formerly of Swansea City, has also been a revelation in central midfield with his vision and passing ability, which saw him win the leagues player of the month award in October.
And then of course there are the likes of Sion Edwards, Ashley Young and Sion Roberts, etc. who add further options. A strong midfield can win you games and Bangors midfield men have proven that stones this season.
3. League position.
The Citizens are currently on 33 points, losing just 6 of their 19 games and have of course secured a top six place.
Compare that to last season, where they finished with just 12 points more in the whole campaign (45 points) and had lost 13 games throughout the season and it’s clear to see that they are looking much stronger. There are 13 games left this season and therefore 39 points to play for so it looks like they’ll certainly beat that points tally this year.
2. There’s a greater sense of belief.
There’s no denying that the Bangor City fan club is probably the biggest in the league and is full of loyal supporters who travel to home and away matches with the team as regularly as they can. It does however seem that there’s a far more positive atmosphere at the Bangor University stadium this season as the teams performances have been better than last year’s.
Despite manager Andy Legg’s departure in early December, the club are continuing to perform well under new manager Ian Dawes and everybody involved at the club seem happier than they have done for awhile and most of those believe that change is happening for the better.
1. Less pressure on the team.
The league title is out of everyone but dominant side TNS’ reach now and that in a way means that Bangor (as well as a few other teams) can afford to play without the pressure of challenging for the trophy hanging over them. It sounds bizarre of course, but it could benefit the club in the long run.
It means that Bangor can get used to playing the same starting eleven and see what formations work best for them, which in turn will benefit them as it means that they’ll know their strengths, as well as their weaknesses and they can work on these.
The added baeuty to this is that their place in the top six is also secure so they can most definitely afford to try new things out and play their style of football without the worry of failure.
So can Bangor City get back to where they belong? With a few strong signings, particularly ones at the back in my opinion, they could certainly build the foundations to challenge even further during the next season and aim to get the club back to where it belongs.
Time will tell, but with a decent looking squad and a highly loyal fan base, Bangor City FC are still undoubtedly a huge club regardless of their league position.