Tuesday 7th November
Bangor City 3 Aberystwyth Town 2
Aberystwyth Town ended up on the wrong end of a five goal thriller up at Nantporth last night which swung one way then the other before the hosts eventually came from behind to take all three points - just as they had at Park Avenue back in September. Declan Walker headed his fourth goal in five games to give Town a fifth minute lead, only for Steven Hewitt to equalise four minutes later. Luke Borrelli volleyed Aber back ahead five minutes after the break but a two goal salvo from Luke Wall (74 mins) and Dean Rittenberg (80 mins) proved decisive for Bangor on the night.
On a cold and crisp night the hosts started sharper, dominating possession and passing the ball around - however it was Aber who scored first. Walker surged down the right to win a corner, and when Ashley Young delivered the set piece into the box Walker rose highest to head home against the run of play. The hosts kept pressing and were level within four minutes, when Hewitt smashed home after debutant Guto Williams' ball in caused consternation at the back. John Owen rushed down the other end and crossed for Malcolm Melvin to head straight at home keeper Matthew Hall, but what followed was a lot of Bangor pressure and some resolute defending by the visitors. Wall was denied on more than one occasion, once by a brilliant saving tackle by Matthew Jones, Rittenberg was denied and Brayden Shaw aimed a shot straight at Chris Mullock. Back came Aber on the break as Ryan Wade set up Owen whose cross just evaded Borrelli's studs at the far post. Hewitt then ran straight through only to fire a shot wide from a great position, and had another volley deflected into Mullock's hands. Towards the end of the half the visitors again had a period pf pressure coinciding with a series of corner kicks, with Owen seeing a goalbound volley headed off the line by Anthony Miley, Walker having a header blocked before Hall pulled off a brilliant save to parry Jonny Spittle's rasping volley. Although Bangor had taken the initiative to Aber the visitors had still forged a number of dangerous opportunities and the 1-1 half time score was probably about right on chances created.