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Football: Double woe for unlucky Airbus against Haverfordwest and Rhyl

AIRBUS UK Broughton suffered double frustration from their road trips to Haverfordwest County and Rhyl.

The Wingmakers were worth more than a point from their 1-1 draw at Haverfordwest at the weekend and could easily have beaten 10-man champions Rhyl on Tuesday.

Craig Harrison’s men dominated the County clash yet the hosts went in front against the run of play when Matty Woodward conceded a penalty and Jack Christopher converted on the stroke of half-time.

Airbus were level five minutes after the turnaround when Marc Lloyd-Williams turned in the box to fire home.

And the Airfield side really should have made their dominance count in the remainder of the half but the closest they came to sealing success was when Jack Abraham’s fierce shot bounced back off the underside of the crossbar.

Against Rhyl, Ryan Edwards put the Wingmen in front from the penalty spot on 22 minutes and it got better for the Bus 10 minutes later when the Lilywhites were reduced to 10 men after substitute Chris Williams saw red just seven minutes after entering play.

But the dismissal seemed to inspire the champions and Matt Williams brought them level against the run of play on 36 minutes, again from the spot.

Danny Desormeaux, making his 200th Welsh Premier League appearance at Belle Vue, was denied the chance to regain the lead when Rhyl stopper Jack Cudworth pulled off a stunning save.

And the Wingmakers were made to pay 12 minutes from time when Rob Turner fired home, before Desormeaux was again left frustrated by Cudworth in the closing stages.

Former Wrexham winger Josh Johnson, whose last club was second-from-bottom Cefn Druids, has signed for Airbus but keeper Phil Palethorpe has left the club for UniBond League side Cammell Laird.

The Wingmakers have no game this weekend but face a tough trip to Bangor City on Tuesday (7.30pm).

The Citizens, managed by former Nomads boss Nev Powell, are not having the best of season’s and they sit just one place and five points above Airbus in ninth position, having played a game more than the Flintshire side.