Date: Thu 03 Jul 2014

Bangor at a disadvantage in Iceland says Powell

EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND, FIRST LEG: STJARNAN V BANGOR CITY

Nev Powell believes Bangor are at a disadvantage with WPL playing a WInter season

Nev Powell believes Bangor are at a disadvantage with WPL playing a WInter season

Venue: Stjornuvollur, Gardabar
Date: Thursday, 3 July
Kick-off: 20:15 BST

Coverage: Updates on BBC Radio Wales Sport and report on the BBC Sport website

Bangor City manager Neville Powell admits his side will be at a disadvantage when they face Stjarnan of Iceland in Europa League qualifying.

Stjarnan are 10 games into their season, are second in the Icelandic league and have yet to lose.

City's last competitive game was the 2-0 play-off win over Rhyl in May, which secured their place in Europe.

"They've played 10 games and that is the big advantage they have," Powell said ahead of Thursday's first leg.

"We're going to have our work cut out but we've got a plan in place to try and keep the tie open for the second leg.

"We've got a lot of young legs in that team so hopefully they can work hard on the night and, with a bit of luck, we can get the result that we want."

They've played 10 games and that is the big advantage they have,


Debutants Stjarnan will face a Bangor team playing in Europe for the 15th season, though they were absent in 2013-14.

"We had a few new youngsters in last season and it will be a great opportunity for them to show what they can do," Powell added.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing how they adapt themselves in European football. They've been so excited ever since we qualified and they'll get their chance on Thursday."

The winners of the tie will face Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the second qualifying round.

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