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Airbus: Flintshire Council defies FAW to leave Winmakers sweating on Welsh Premier future

AIRBUS sealed their place in the Super 12 on the pitch by beating Prestatyn 2-0 last Wednesday, but off it they are still fighting for their Welsh Premier lives.

Flintshire County Council has refused to issue a stadium safety certificate to the club to guarantee their participation in the restructured top flight next season.

The Chronicle understands a second ground inspection took place yesterday as the FA of Wales look to circumvent the refusal of local authorities in Flintshire and Gwynedd to issue certificates by using private inspections.

Ian Vaughan-Evans, Head of Building Control for Flintshire County Council said: “The Safety at Sports Grounds Act requires a safety certificate to be in place for grounds which have a capacity of more than 10,000 or a stand capable of holding more than 500 people – the football grounds in Flintshire do not exceed these capacities.

“There are no legal or statutory requirements for clubs to have a safety certificate in place, or for the local authority to certify and sign this safety certificate. This issue therefore is an FAW requirement and not one for which local authorities have responsibility.

“Advice and assistance has been offered to the Flintshire clubs on this matter and we have suggested a way in which the matter can be resolved by developing specific FAW guidance for the safety certificate, using consultants to verify the various grounds satisfy these requirements, and will continue to work with the clubs in Flintshire to help them satisfy the FAW requirements.”

Meanwhile Airbus completed their league campaign on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Neath.

The Wingmakers got off to a flyer when they took the lead after five minutes with a goal from James McIntosh but Neath levelled on 18 minutes through Craig Steins.

Neither side could find the winning goal for the remainder of the game despite Airbus’ frequent attacking forays as the Wingmakers claimed their highest ever placing in the Welsh Premier, seventh. Marc Lloyd-Williams finished top scorer at the club with 16 goals to his name.

Airbus: Chris Doran, Jack Rowlands, Ryan Edwards (Gareth Sudlow 56), Matty Woodward, Mark Allen, Jack Abraham, Josh Johnson, Danny Desormeaux (Tom Rowlands 62), James McIntosh, Marc Lloyd-Williams, Paul McManus. Subs: Andrew Thomas.

Attendance: 159.

Welsh Premier league founder members GAP Connah's Quay bid farewell to the league with a thumping 3-0 home win over Porthmadog.

The victory was never going to be enough to revive their dream of a 19th consecutive season in the top flight but that didn't stop Chris Herbert, Aaron Burns and Mike Hayes from giving the 111 fans inside the Deeside Stadium something to cheer as Nomads finished fifth from bottom, yet still face relegation due to the league restructuring.