Football: Harrison remains on lookout for new Airbus recruits

AIRBUS UK Broughton boss Craig Harrison is hoping to add a few new players to his squad as they face a busy fixture schedule between now and the end of the season.

The Wingmakers had Sunday’s match at home to table-toppers The New Saints postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and were last in action for Boxing Day’s 1-1 draw with Cefn Druids.

They were due to entertain a Wrexham first team in a friendly last night where Harrison was hoping to run the rule over trialists Colin Quirk, former Nomad Pete Doran and ex-Wrexham and Rhyl winger Josh Johnson.

And Airbus have a difficult month ahead with three tough road trips – to Haverfordwest County on Saturday (2.30pm), followed by champions Rhyl on Tuesday (7.30pm) and Bangor City away before a welcome, and belated, return to the Airfield for games against Aberystwyth Town and big-spending Llanelli.

“They’re a decent team and have brought a few new players in. The way manager Derek Brazil has gone about things, he’s obviously not too happy with the first half of the season and I’m sure the players realise they’ve got to do better to keep their place in the team, so I imagine there will be some sort of reaction.

“They’ve just signed Mark Dodds who played for Carmarthen against us at the start of the season and he was fantastic. We know what they’re all about and we’re looking forward to going down there because it’s the best pitch in the league. It’s a long way down there and they are a tough team.”

Harrison is aware that the next month’s fixtures will have a huge influence on where his side will finish the season.

“It’s going to be a tough month for us but let’s hope that history prevails where we save our best performances for the top teams,” said the ex-Middlesbrough man.

“It will be important for confidence and performances, and just as much, it’s important to try and avoid injuries and suspensions over this time because we’ve got games thick and fast. I think it’s something like 20 league games in 15 weeks.”

“We’ve got a stronger squad than last year, though, and we’re going to recall Jack Rowlands from Buckley and there was the possibility of a couple of our fringe players going out on loan but, with all these games being postponed, we’re going to need everybody we can get, and probably more.

“I’m hoping to also bring two or three in to boost the squad further.”