AIRBUS UK Broughton’s hopes of making it a club record four Welsh Premier League wins on the run were dashed on Friday night.
The Wingmakers went down to a 1-0 home defeat to Bala Town although they would have earned a deserved point had it not been for a late wonder save from Leon Bimpson to deny Paul McManus.
McManus has found it hard to break into Craig Harrison’s first XI so far this season such is the form of top-scorer Marc Lloyd Williams and strike-partner Carl Owen. But the former Chester City striker will be pushing hard for a place in the starting line-up for this Sunday’s trip to title-chasing full-timers Neath (2.30pm) given his impressive performance off the bench against Bala.
Up until McManus’ 65th-minute arrival, Airbus had found it near on impossible to break down the resolute visitors, who had gone closest to opening the scoring in the first half when Marc Griffiths hit the post.
McManus, not long after coming on, blazed over from just inside the box before Owen wasted an equally good opportunity, as he headed over Lloyd-Williams’ inswinging corner from virtually underneath the crossbar. And the hosts were made to pay five minutes from time when substitute John Toner tapped-in.
The Wingmakers, who remain eighth, have decided to stay overnight in South Wales before facing fourth-placed Neath, giving them the chance to take in Saturday’s Championship clash between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium.
One player who will definitely not be playing on Sunday is the unfortunate Matty Cook. The ex-Wales Under 19s and Chester youth midfielder has fractured his fibula in his left leg and is expected to be sidelined for three months.
Cook, while at Elements Cefn Druids, suffered a double leg break in September 2006 which ruled him out for almost two seasons.
The Airfield has been recommended as the venue for the Loosemores Challenge Cup final between Rhyl and The New Saints, according to Airbus UK Broughton secretary Phil Bailey writing in Friday’s match programme.
It would be the first time the Wingmakers have hosted a major final and Bailey says the FAW are also interested in holding a women’s international at the venue in 2010.
The final is due to be staged in the spring, by which time Airbus should have completed a new stand at the runway end of the ground, bringing total seating capacity to 500 to meet FAW domestic licence requirements.