Dream Debuts – No 5: Alfons Fosu-Mensah (Denbigh Town v Bangor City 2018)

Alfons Fosu-Mensah had a dream debut for Denbigh Town against Bangor City

Denbigh Town 3 (S Jones 10, M Roberts 25, R Llwyd 58)
Bangor City 2 (Field pen 40, Farleigh 50)
Cymru Alliance – August 24, 2018

Late loan signing Alfons Fosu-Mensah inspired Denbigh to what must rank as one of their finest ever league victories at the start of 2018-19.

Having lost their opening three matches, Town looked to be up against it facing a Bangor side which had finished second in the Cymru Premier the previous season, but were relegated after failing to meet FAW licence requirements.

But the pre-match capture of Fosu-Mensah on a temporary basis from Llandudno proved a masterstroke.

The Dutch forward, brother of former Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, was with Airbus the previous season, scoring 20 goals in 31 outings.

And his late arrival at Central Park seemed to give the team a new found belief as they started in confident style.

Bangor stood top of the league at the start of play with Denbigh languishing at the bottom.

Nevertheless, it was Denbigh who started brighter and within five minutes Fosu-Mensah used his strength to bustle off a defender only to fire into the arms of City keeper Chris Mullock.

In the 10th minute the hosts took the lead when young Sam Jones shot home from 10 yards.

This sent the Denbigh crowd into raptures and a minute later it could have been two when some great play between Mark Roberts and Fosu-Mensah saw the big man’s well struck shot well saved by Mullock.

Two minutes later Fosu-Mensah was the creator as his cross from the right found Sam Downey whose shot hit the post and bounced out with Mullock well beaten.

City were finding Town’s new signing a handful and he was proving to be a threat every time he had the ball.

Denbigh’s management of Dewi Llion and Matty Jones had done their homework on Bangor’s threat from set pieces and had organised the defence to combat any aerial battles.

The defence played such a vital role in this opening half of the game.

Sam Jones (No 7) scores Denbigh’s opener. Picture: Denbigh Town FC website

On 25 minutes Town were two-up. This time it was a Sam Jones corner which found its way to Mark Roberts and with a great glancing header he found the back of the net.

Bangor came back strongly and a controversial Tom Field penalty halved the deficit.

Before the break, the experienced Les Davies headed inches over for the Citizens.

Half-time: Denbigh Town 2 Bangor City 1

A stern talking to from Bangor manager Craig Harrison saw City come out for the second half in determined fashion.

After 50 minutes they equalised from a great shot from Jacob Farleigh.

Minutes later Town keeper Craig Vernon made an excellent save from Phil Baker’s shot as he finger-tipped the ball over for a corner.

The pressure was building on Denbigh’s goal but the defence held strong.

Town were still having their moments up front with Fosu-Mensah proving to be an asset in holding the ball up until midfielders Lewis Sirrell, Scott McHarrie and Sam Downey joined up with play.

It was from this type of play that Denbigh got their third goal after 58 minutes and this time it was Rhys Llwyd who made it 3-2 with a fine shot.

With half an hour still to play it was time to batten down the hatches for Denbigh and they did so brilliantly.

Near the end, substitute Sam Cartwright was unlucky not to get Denbigh’s fourth as he sprinted on to a great ball from Fosu-Mensah only for keeper Mullock diving at his feet to thwart him.

A magnificent win for Denbigh with debutant Fosu-Mensah the star man.

Denbigh Town
Craig Vernon, Miles Todd, Lewis Sirrell, Curtis Langton, Tony Davies (c), Scott McHarrie, Sam Jones, Sam Downey, Alfons Fosu-Mensah, Rhys Llwyd, Mark Roberts. Subs: Sam Cartwright, Sam Tate, Tom Jones, Jake Walker, Pete Lloyd

Bangor City
Chris Mullock, Lee Owens, Phillip Baker, Steve Hewitt, Cian Owen, Tom Fields, Jake Phillips, Sam Dool, Les Davies, Robbie Parry, Jacob Farleigh. Subs: Andy Coughlin, Sam Ashworth, Alex Darlington, Alex Boss, Samuel Jones.

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