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CITIZENS CONDEMN LIDO'S PITCH
BANGOR City were happy to get a point in a goalless deadlock at Afan Lido, but condemned the Runtech Stadium pitch as "disgraceful and dangerous".
City manager Peter Davenport fumed: "The playing surface was diabolical, especially when, on the opening day of the season, you expect the conditions to be pristine.
"From a distance, the pitch looked green but there were bald patches all over the place.
"Tons of sand had been spread liberally, and the bounce of the ball was unpredictable, so it took the players two or three touches to gain control of it."
Lido officials explained summer pitch repair work had gone wrong.
Davenport added: "People advocating summer football should have their heads examined, if this is the sort of surface that would be available."
The City boss was pleased with his team's performance, especially defensively, but admitted they lacked a touch of guile in attack.
City's Owain Jones rattled a shot against the crossbar and new signing Paul Gedman was also denied by the woodwork.
Jones, along with Clayton Blackmore and Lee Hunt, wasted other openings, while home keeper Brian Thomas made a series of fine saves.
Lido - who failed to seriously threaten the Bangor goal - had Chris Pridham redcarded 15 minutes from the end for a second bookable offence.
In all eight players - four from City - were booked by Aberdare referee Steve Hames.
18 August 2021