WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Bangor v Prestatyn

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BANGOR City boss Nev Powell is anxious to close the eight-point gap on leaders The New Saints at home to Prestatyn Town on Friday night.

And a victory would also put some distance between the third-placed Citizens and their opponents, who are currently two points behind them in fourth place.

"We don't want TNS getting too far ahead," said Powell to the Daily Post. 

"We want to be right on their tails come the split, and that means we need to be winning our home games.

"It's always been our aim to make Nantporth a place where teams don't look forward to coming to, and although our last couple of results here haven't gone as well as we'd have liked, we have put on some great performances here this season."

Bangor won all four league meetings with Prestatyn last term and have been victorious in seven out of 12 WPL clashes with the Seasiders.

However, Prestatyn are having their best campaign since they joined the WPL, currently lying fourth.

"They've done really well this season and will come here looking to upset us," Powell added. 

"It's always a tough local derby against them, and with a big crowd it should make for a great atmosphere. It's up to Bangor to make that atmosphere work for us."

Bangor will be without three defenders with Liam Brownhill, Michael Johnston and Dave Morley all suspended.

Meanwhile, Prestatyn will be hoping a couple of extra days' rest might allow goalkeeper Jon Hill-Dunt to be fit for tonight's clash after leaving the field during last Saturday's 5-2 home defeat against Newtown with an Achilles tendon problem.

Player-manager Neil Gibson will return after a three-match ban, while defender Anthony Stephens is also back following a one-match suspension.

"We've lost our last two games, so we want to get back to picking up points to enable us to stay up amongst the leading teams," stressed Gibson. 

"Bangor is a very difficult place to go, but we'll be playing on a good pitch which will give us the opportunity to play some football.

"Although we didn't really do ourselves justice against Bangor last season, we've acquitted ourselves well against them in the past and it's our aim to do so again."