Bangor City travel to Porthmadog on Boxing Day and for the first time in many years the hosts will start above City as they sit in second place behind runaway leaders Airbus UK.

Porthmadog are a proud club with a clear identity embraced and enhanced by manager Craig Papyrnik who is the current CA manager of the month.

Their most recent Cymru Alliance match was a 2-0 win at Llansantffraid against Llanrhaeadr where goals from Josh Banks and former blue Shaun Cavanagh maintained their fine form.

Barmouth based Papirnyk won the CA award for a run of results which included away wins at Llanfair United, Guilsfiled and Gresford prior to a convincing 4-1 defeat of Holywell.

Locally based fullbacks Gruff John Williams and Josh Banks are in fine form behind a midfield which includes Llanrug based former blues academy product Ifan Emlyn Jones and former Caersws schemer Iwan Lewis.

Shaun Cavanagh is a big part of the threat up front which also comprises former Llandudno striker Julian Williams. and of course Sion Edwards who needs no introduction to Bangor fans new or old!

– New blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher will have been delighted by recent performance and the goalscoring form evident against Holywell and Holyhead.

His biggest concern may well be the goalkeeping slot where Gruff Evans did well against Holywell.

Taylor Fletcher suggested last weekend that Chris Mullock should be fit to return at Y Traeth but knows that young Evans will be ready if called upon.
With City likely to stick to a back four the big question is will captain Sam Barnes be back at the heart of the blues defence?

In midfield player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher is available after serving a qualification period following his transfer from Llandudno.

And just as Sion Edwards is a former blues favourite so the Port faithful have fond memories of Les Davies who was hailed as a legend by the local youngsters during his spell at Y Traeth with his brother Ryan.

Bangor will have to be at their best to come away from Y Traeth with a positive result … C’mon City!

Porthmadog v Bangor City
Y Traeth Porthmadog
26th December 2018
KO: 2.30pm

Photo: Bangor City FC


Match Preview – Mike Smith