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Football: Airbus back in top six despite Griffiths Curse

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SCOURGE of Airbus Rhys Griffiths struck again against the Wingmakers to rob them of two points and a slender cushion as the Welsh Premier Super 12’s first annual split approaches.

The Reds forward has scored an unbelievable 22 goals in 13 games against Airbus and while his latest effort could not stop the Wingmakers re-entering the top six, it did ensure they did it only on goal difference as the battle for a top-half place heats up.

In three months the league will split with the top six fighting for the title and the bottom six facing off to avoid relegation.

Teams in the bottom six when the split occurs will be unable to cross into the top six no matter how many points they earn and top six sides will be protected from entering the bottom half.

Airbus, after a strong start at Stebonheath Park, have become one of the yo-yo teams that could end up in either half come January and they looked as if they would banish the Griffiths Curse and got two points clear in the top six when Wrexham loanee Nick Rushton pounced in the fifth minute to open the scoring with his fourth goal for Airbus this season.

Andy Moran had a number of chances to increase the lead but the usually reliable hitman struggled to find his range.

And the Wingmakers were made to pay, as on 25 minutes firefighter Griffiths came to the rescue of fellow yo-yoers Llanelli with an equaliser forced home from close range after Airbus failed to clear their lines.

It was their final failure at the back, as Craig Harrison’s men tightened up and shut down the Reds options up front, but the damage had been done and although it was a valuable point for both sides, the Wingmakers will be kicking themselves that squandered chances and one defensive slip allowed their nemesis to rob them of maximum points.

Saturday brings Carmarthen Town to the Airfield (2.30 pm).

This will be another tough test against a rival for a top-six place after the Old Gold recovered from a poor start – which included a 4-1 defeat to Airbus – to put themselves in contention.

Airbus: Hawthorne, Clarke, Feliciello, Clowes, Allen, Williams, Dorman, Desormeaux, Moran (Smith 82), Rushton (McManus 82), Cook. Sub: Daniel Calvert.

Attendance: 171