Bangor clash with old enemy Caernarfon at Nantporth on Saturday night in the Welsh Cup 4th Round, with over two thousand tickets sold there is sure to be an edgy atmosphere for the watching Sgorio cameras and viewers, as well as those in the ground.
City go into this Welsh Cup clash a week after their trip to Holyhead but rivals Caernarfon had a free weekend as Welsh Premier fixtures were suspended to allow for League Cup Final which uniquely only involved one WP club, Cardiff Met.
The last time to the two sides met was at Nantporth in September 2015 in the Word (League) Cup. Caernarfon ran out late winners thanks to Jamie Breese who proved a handful for the City defence.
Certainly the Oval side have kept a more settled line up than Bangor during the past three years with several of that starting eleven likely to be involved at Nantporth.
Caernarfon manager Sean Eardley has enjoyed a fine first phase in the Welsh Premier with the newly promoted Canaries.
Highly rated Oswestry based goalkeeper Alex Ramsay has been in fine form behind a defence led by big Gareth Edwards, previously of Cefn Druids, and featuring the cultured left foot of Nathan Craig.
Former Everton youngster Craig is The Canaries leading goalscorer this season with ten goals to his name. Tall midfielder Jamie Crowther is former Citizen as is pacey young winger Sion Bradley.
Perhaps the biggest threat to City comes from the diminutive Bontnewydd lad Darren Thomas who is most likely to carve out the chances for Welshpool based Jamie Breese to put away.
Former Porthmadog forward Cai Jones has five goals to his name, second only to Nathan Craig.
Blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher knows his side start as underdogs on the green grass on Nantporth against fifth placed side in the Welsh Premier.
His first decision is who plays in goal where first choice Chris Mullock, replacement Nikki Bulmer, and young Gruff Evans have all suffered injuries. This may leave the way open for Nathan Wolland.
Defensively back his preference has been for a back four with Jordan Piggott keen to get back in the starting line up after recovering from flu.
New midfield signing Jamie Menagh is available whilst the rising star that is Sam Jones could be the man to unsettle the Canaries defence.
Bangor’s leading goalscorer this season is Alex Darlington who has twenty to his name has departed for Malta side FC Mosta, which will be a huge disapointement for Bangor fans.
This is a difficult ask for City, possibly the first time in many years they start as underdogs against a Caernarfon side. But in cup football anything can – and probably will happen.
Bangor City v Caernarfon Town
Welsh Cup 4th Round
Saturday 26 January 2019
The match is All Ticket – Bangor Tickets are still available from the stadium, Caernarfon Town tickets have now sold out.
Also live on Sgorio S4C from 7.20pm