SEASIDERS MISS OUT IN FIVE-GOAL THRILLER

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Cambrian News photographer - Aberystwyth Town’s Declan Walker scored his fourth goal in five games

ABERYSTWYTH Town twice took the lead at Bangor, but they ended up on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at Nantporth on Tuesday evening.

The Cambrian News reported “The match swung one way then the other, but the Citizens came from behind to take all three points – just as they did at Park Avenue in September.

Declan Walker headed his fourth goal in five games to give Aber a fifth minute lead, only for Steven Hewitt to equalise for the hosts just four minutes later.

Luke Borrelli then volleyed Aberystwyth back ahead five minutes after the break, but a two goal salvo by Luke Wall on 74 minutes and Dean Rittenberg on 80 proved to be decisive for Bangor.

On a cold and crisp evening, the hosts had started sharper, dominating possession and passing well, but it was the Seasiders who scored first.

Walker surged down the right to win a corner, and when Ashley Young delivered the ball into the box, Walker rose highest to head home.

The hosts, however, were level within four minutes as Guto Williams’ bouncing cross was missed by defender Johnny Spittle and smashed home by Steven Hewitt to equalise.

John Owen crossed for Malcolm Melvin to head straight at home keeper Matthew Hall, but Bangor stepped up their pressure and visiting keeper Chris Mullock had to be alert to snuff out a promising Steven Hewitt cross.

Brayden Shaw fired on target, but the visiting keeper saved again, and Hewitt played a one-two with George Harry, and saw his shot flash wide.

As the half ended Aber enjoyed a period of pressure which saw Spittle force a great save from keeper Hall.

Aber, however, restored their lead at the start of the first period when a throw was launched goalwards by Ashley Young, flicked on by Spittle and fired home at the far post by Luke Borrelli for a 2-1 advantage.

Bangor battled back and Mullock tipped over Luke Wall’s free kick, Damien Allen headed over and Tom Kennedy also went close for Bangor.

Shots by Laurence Wilson and James Demetriou were blocked, but as the ball ran to Wall he volleyed home to set up a grandstand finish.

Six minutes later Dean Rittenberg put Bangor ahead with a smart turn from Laurence Wilson’s low cross to score his third goal in two games.

Sub James Demetriou’s dipping volley just cleared the bar, but Aber were denied a penalty when Owen was brought down, as Bangor held firm.

BANGOR: M Hall, G Williams, A Miley, T Kennedy, L Wilson, S Hewitt, D Allen, G Harry (J Demetriou 61), B Shaw (S Edwards 90’+3), D Rittenberg, L Wall. Subs not used: C Roberts (gk), A Cayola, S Henry, D John Nunn-Booton, S Jones

ABER: C Mullock, D Walker, J Spittle, R Wollacott, M Melvin, J Owen, L Borrelli (C Hobson 78’), R Wade, M Jones, A Young, J McKenna (J Phillips 85’). Subs J Rimmer, H Horwood. Attendance: 371″ here.

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