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Evans goal sinks City; WELSH PREMIER Bangor City 0 TNS 1 If we had scored the first, the nit would have been quite interesting -Peter Davenport Saints grab late winner.

Byline: KEITH EVANS

ONE goal was always likely to settle this head-to-head between two of the Welsh Premier's most ambitious clubs and TNS defender Steve Evans was on hand to provide it.

With 7 0 minutes gone, the league leaders forced a corner on the right. Nick Ward swept the ball into a crowded penalty area where Evans flicked home a deft but decisive glancing header.

The goal was cruel on Danny Evans, Bangor's 17-year old on-loan goalkeeper from Wrexham, where he has been on YTS forms.

The six-footer from Gwersyllt must have fancied his chances of keeping a clean sheet,having been rarely tested in a close contest.

If anything,City carved out the greater share of what limited chances were on offer and manager Peter Davenport reflected afterwards: ``If we had scored first, then it would have been quite interesting and we did create the better chances.

``I was well pleased with the way we performed,because we set out to tighten our defence and succeeded, so that it was not possible to tell who were the full-timers and who were the part-timers.''

In a lack lustre first half,Mike Wilde and Chris King put in a couple of innocuous efforts for the Saints, while Alan Goodall blazed over for Bangor and Paul Roberts was denied by a goal-line block from Martin Naylor.

City enjoyed a 10-minute purple patch mid-way through the second half,Goodall dragging a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box, Huw Griffiths' back header sailng inches over and Ross Jefferies slicing a chance across goal.

Having gone in front, TNS almost scored a second time,but Jamie Wood's overhead kick bounced off the bar.

City piled on the pressure in the closing stages. They had a penalty claim for an apparent handball refused, while Les Davies fired just over and Gary Roberts was denied by a goal-lineclearance.

BANGOR CITY: D Evans,Hoy,Goodall,Friel,G Williams, Griffiths,Burgess (GRoberts 73),L Davies,P Roberts, Jefferies,Blackmore.Subs: E Jones,Davenport.

TNS: D Williams,Naylor,King,Aggrey (Toner, 67),S Evans,Taylor,Ruscoe,Wilde,Wood,Bridgwater,Ward. Subs: Lewis,Beck,S Davies,Prescott.

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Teenage Bangor striker Les Davies (right)finds himself closed down by TNS's Mike Wilde
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2004
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