Magnificent seven gets Bangor 1876 off to a real flyer

Jamie Petrie scored twice for Bangor 1876 against Amlwch on Wednesday. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Bangor 1876 are off to the same type of flyer which saw them hit the ground running in their inaugural season.

In 2019-20, the newly-formed fan-owned club won their first 13 matches in all competitions before Llanrwst United halted their progress in the FAW Trophy.

That campaign saw 1876 crowned Gwynedd League champions, but the early finish to the season due to Covid-19 deprived the Treborth side’s chances of glory in four other cups.

With last season cancelled because of the pandemic, 1876 have picked up where they left off in the current 2021-22 term, where they are competing in the new Tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division.

They have won all four league games, recorded two victories in the FAW Amateur Trophy and triumphed in a Welsh Cup match before controversially being expelled from the competition for cancelling a tie after a positive Covid test within the camp.

With 48 goals amassed in seven straight wins, the blues are firing on all cylinders.

Wednesday night saw them emerge 9-0 winners at Amlwch Town.

Four days earlier, 1876 had seen off the same opponents 9-2 in the FAW Trophy at Treborth.

The outcome was more emphatic in the league at Lon Bach.

In a lively start, two early goals helped 1876 to settle.

Sam Ashworth headed the opener in, then Les Davies broke into the penalty area and fired home a powerful left-foot shot.

Although 1876 continued to create opportunities, Amlwch did not appear discouraged by the loss of two early goals.

Indeed, there were a number of occasions when they almost got in behind the away defence.

With 39 minutes on the clock, they had the ball in the net but unfortunately from their perspective the player who finished the move was offside and the goal disallowed.

Cameron Barry had an effort cleared off the line for the visitors before half time which arrived with a 2-0 scoreline.

Early in the second period, Shaun Lock cut inside well and blasted a powerful shot that deflected off a home defender before being acrobatically saved by goalkeeper Luke Bansal – one of a number of good stops by the netminder.

However, 1876 did make the score 3-0 in the 49th minute from the penalty spot after Jamie Petrie netted following a late challenge.

Three minutes later, Petrie notched his second and 1876’s fourth with a calm finish.

Around the hour mark, Joe Culshaw cut in from the right wing and scored with a well-placed left-foot shot that went in off the far post.

On 70 minutes, Gethin Thomas continued his goalscoring run with a good finish at the back post after he was played in by Petrie.

A minute later, Davies bagged his 10th goal of the season after the ball was again played across the Amlwch penalty area from the left by Petrie.

Right back Aaron Heald struck the post before 10 minutes from time, Thomas scored his second of the night and eighth of the campaign with a firm connection.

Minutes after, the goal of the night arrived as Harry Galeotti capped his debut by scoring with a screamer that crashed in off the bar.

Bangor 1876 – results 2021-22 season

July 3: Pentraeth (home – North Wales Coast West Premier Division) 9-0 (Les Davies 3, Gethin Thomas 2, Chris Jones 2, Jamie Petrie, Cameron Barry)
July 7: Pwllheli (home – NWCWPD) 3-2 (Gethin Thomas, Joe Culshaw, Tomos Clarke)
July 10: Menai Bridge Tigers (home – Welsh Cup R1) 8-2 (Chris Jones 4, Cameron Barry 2, Les Davies, Gethin Thomas)
July 17: Blaenau Amateurs (away – FAW Trophy) 4-0 (Les Davies, Gethin Thomas, Chris Jones 2)
July 21: Aberffraw (home – NWCWPD) 6-0 (Gethin Thomas, Tomos Clarke, Chris Jones, Les Davies 2, 1 pen, Sam Roberts)
Aug 7: Amlwch Town (home – FAW Trophy) 9-2 ( (Aaron Heald 2, Tomos Clarke, Chris Jones, Sam Roberts, Les Davies, Dylan Williams, Luke Steele, Jamie Petrie)
Amlwch Town 2
Aug 11: Amlwch Town (away – NWCWPD) 9-0 (Sam Ashworth, Les Davies 2, Jamie Petrie 2, 1 pen, Joe Culshaw, Gethin Thomas 2, Harry Galeoitti)

Played 7
Won 7
Goals For 48
Goals Against 6

Goalscorers

Chris Jones 10
Les Davies 10
Gethin Thomas 8
Jamie Petrie 4
Tomos Clarke 3
Cameron Barry 3
Joe Culshaw 2
Aaron Heald 2
Sam Roberts 2
Dylan Williams, Luke Steele, Sam Ashworth, Harry Galeotti 1

Match record 2019-20
League: P 16 W 16 D 0 L 0 GF 115 GA 9
Cup: P 14 W 12 D 0 L 2 GF 70 GA 18

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