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Football: Airbus UK in late defeat

CRAIG Harrison was left kicking himself again as Airbus UK Broughton fell to another late Welsh Premier League defeat on Saturday – and now he is calling on his side to cut out silly mistakes in the run-up to their Welsh Cup tie this weekend.

The Wingmakers crashed 2-1 at Port Talbot Town, conceding the second in the 84th minute as Harrison’s men went in search of a winner themselves.

Marc Lloyd-Williams netted his 10th goal of the campaign to bring Airbus level in the 61st minute – five minutes after the visitors fell behind.

Now Harrison is preparing his side for their crunch Welsh Cup third-round clash at local rivals Gap Connah’s Quay on Saturday (2pm).

“The encouraging part is we played pretty well (against Port Talbot) and even their manager said we deserved to win the game,” said the 31-year-old boss.

“But conceding late goals is becoming a bit of a bad habit and it’s up to me and the coaches to sort it out. I don’t know whether it’s fitness or concentration, or confidence, but we’re working in training to hopefully get rid of these silly mistakes.”

If Airbus went on to win the Welsh Cup, it would be their first major trophy triumph – and provide a route into the Europa League preliminary rounds.

“I always send a team out to win and it will be no different this season in the cup or the league,” said Harrison.

“We’ll be positive, we’ll be on the front foot, we’ll get the ball down and pass and hopefully score as many goals as we can.

“Hopefully the work we’re doing with the back five, the goalkeeper and set plays will pay off with a clean sheet.”

And the Airbus boss is predicting a decent first Flintshire derby of the campaign after running the rule over Nomads recently.

“It’s going to be a tough game. I’ve seen Connah’s Quay a couple of times, including against Prestatyn recently and they were the better team in the first half.

“They move the ball around well, so it’s going to be a good game that everyone is looking forward to. I imagine Mark McGregor is looking forward to it and I definitely am.

Giovanni Feliciello is back in contention after a one-match ban but James McIntosh will probably be out of action until after Christmas.

All cup fixtures will be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties taking place if necessary.