This weekend’s Dafabet Welsh Premier league card sees many a good fixture, with one of the best a Sunday afternoon clash between Bangor City and gap Connah’s Quay Nomads.
For years this game was a boxy, tough affair that would usually result in a Bangor win. In recent years the tables have turned with Nomads beating the Citizens three times in the 14/15 season, when both teams nervously avoided the relegation zone.
Last year, the two only met twice and it was Bangor who came out victorious on both occasions.
Yet this history won’t mean much tomorrow, as it is the first time both clubs will meet in their new eras of management. Andy Morrison has not gone against Bangor since taking the Nomads’ helm in November, whilst Bangor have undergone some monumental changes in the summer with a new administration and new manager Andy Legg now in place.
Bangor’s new era looked tricky to set up with Legg having just two weeks to organise his side, but their season has got off to a positive start with a 2-1 win over Cefn Druids.
Connah’s Quay’s opener was not so smooth, as they endured a difficult evening at Richmond Park, drawing 0-0 despite being dominant for large parts of the game. A further blow was a red card shown to Ian Kearney, who is now another key player suspended for the game alongside Danny Harrison.
Yet this game has more to it than a fight for three points, with both sides promising big things under their respective management. A win for Bangor will bring motivation of huge momentum, proving they can match the league’s top teams and bring more hope they can re-enter the top six.
Connah’s Quay will meanwhile be gunning to get a first win under their belts, allowing them to push on with their campaign for European qualification – and if the pundits are to be believed, a title challenge against TNS.
Nomads fans still have vivid memories of a nightmare start to last season – where they won just three of their first 10 games, forcing them into a dogfight for a top six spot – a process they will be eager to avoid this time round.
New signings to watch will be Bangor’s left back loanee from Wrexham, Jordan Davies, and gap’s Matty Williams who joins the Nomads from The New Saints.
The game kicks off on 3:00pm at the Bangor City University stadium.