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Football: Canaries leave it late to salvage a point at arch rivals; WELSH PREMIER Caernarfon Town 2 Bangor City 2.

CAERNARFON Town, trailing to a couple of first- half goals by Bangor City and not hinting at a revival, suddenly came good in the final 15 minutes.

A double whammy inside a minute by Danny Barton and Lloyd Roberts removed the blushes at The Oval, to enable manager Adie Jones' team to finish all square up against their arch rivals.

Bangor, whose title bid has foundered in the last fortnight, had opened with a flurry of attacks that put Town's defence in turmoil.

Lee Hunt threatened twice along with Alan Goodall,and those chances were followed by Ross Jefferies going close with a header. But Caernarfon survived until a defensive blunder on 18 minutes.

City's Owain Jones prodded the goal from eight yards to take the lead when home keeper Ian Willcock fumbled Goodall's in-swinging corner from the right. After near-misses at both ends,Bangor went two up just before the break, whenHunt finished off inches from the line,after he and Jefferies had flustered Willcock and Craig Hogg.

The second half was a switch off for spectators and players alike, with neither side achieving any flowing play until Caernarfon clicked at last around 75 minutes.

Top scorer Barton provided the moment of inspiration, when he scored from a 10-yard chip-shot after captainLeigh Williams' right-wing centre.

And Bangor were reeling again inside 60 seconds when Town's Roberts fastened on to Barton's lay-off todespatch a glorious edge-of-box special for the dramatic equaliser.

CAERNARFON TOWN: Willcock,P Roberts,Keegan,Hogg,Brandreth,Rodgers,Tam, Leigh Williams, Barton,Moores,L Roberts. Subs: Lance Williams, Mottram,McGoona. BANGOR CITY: Priestley,Rowlands,Goodall,E Jones,Blackmore,Short,G Williams,Evans,Hunt,Jefferies,O Jones.

Subs: Burgess,Davies,M L Williams.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2003
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