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Football: Harrison seeks further Airbus improvements in push for ‘Super 12’

CRAIG Harrison was pleased with his side’s two performances against the Welsh Premier League’s big guns, but the Airbus UK Broughton manager still believes there is room for improvement, writes DAVID BERGIN.

The Wingmakers had Marc Lloyd-Williams and Carl Owen on target in their 2-0 defeat of high-flying Aberystwyth on Saturday and can consider themselves unlucky not to get a midweek draw at home to big-spending pacesetters Llanelli as they went down 1-0.

“Performance-wise we did really well,” said the Airbus boss. “We didn’t do as well against Llanelli, but then again, we played the league leaders so we shouldn’t be too disappointed. We knew it would be a tough physical game and with three games in a week as well, I left two or three players out. Everybody did really well and it gives me another headache for Friday about players who have come in and done well.

“On Saturday, we played well but not as well as we can. We battled, put our foot in, put our heads in, but when we got the ball, we passed it as well. It could have been four or five with the chances we missed. But I suppose it’s time to really worry when we’re not creating these chances.”

And despite the points not going to the Airfield side in midweek, Harrison isn’t too concerned as he feels his men should have shared the spoils.

“I’m disappointed with the result on Tuesday as I don’t think we did enough to win the game like we did against Rhyl and Haverfordwest, but I definitely don’t think they did enough to win the game and a draw would have been a fair reflection,” added the former Middlesbrough man. “There was lots of positives to take out of it.

“I think, in about four weeks, our goalkeeper’s only had about five shots to save. But it was another case against Llanelli of missing good chances and we could have done better for their goal.”

Airbus will be looking for revenge when they travel to third-bottom Welshpool – a side who have just three wins this campaign including a shock 2-1 success at the Airfield in September.

“We’re going there as favourites and it’s a game we should be winning if we want to finish up there,” said a determined Harrison. “We need to win that game, make no bones about it, and we should win the game.

“They turned us over here last time and, same again, we missed a number of chances. But they just wanted it a bit more, and had a bit more desire and fight. We’ve matured as a team since then, and got better as a group.

“The beauty is, we’ve got five or six players who haven’t played regular but when they come in, they can do a good job. And if players aren’t performing then they will be left out.”

Tom Rowlands will be absent but Rhys Roberts should be fit and Danny Desormeaux returns from his one-match suspension for the trip to mid-Wales.