The New Saints 2 Airbus UK Broughton 0
THE Wingmakers will feel they might have done more to ensure that the club’s second ever live televised game was more of a memorable occasion.
While most of their Welsh Premier League rivals were left kicking their heels, Airbus took on The New Saints, as well as the mist and a difficult 3G artificial pitch, at Park Hall.
The Wingmakers matched their full-time hosts early on in a game that was moved from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon in an effort to allow the artificial pitch to thaw out.
But a defensive lapse led to them falling behind on 12 minutes, when Phil Baker pounced from close range to give The New Saints a 1-0 lead.
Airbus goalkeeper Kristian Rogers then had to be on his toes when Saints played Alex Darlington in following a quick counter-attack.
Danny Desormeaux’s long range effort provided the Wingmakers’ first real shot in anger just before the break.
And they were to come closer just prior to the interval when an Ashley Williams shot from range just whistled past Harrison's right-hand post.
After the break the visitors made a positive start, peppering the home side’s goal while enjoying a decent spell of possession.
But with only 20 minutes left on the clock, Ryan Edwards burst into the area and passed to youngster Nick Rushton – who saw his shot apparently handled by Saints defender Tommy Holmes.
Controversially, no penalty was awarded and things soon got worse for the Wingmakers when former Airbus player Craig Jones dribbled his way up the other end before cutting inside and driving a shot past Rogers.
The result kept second-placed Saints within sight of runaway league leaders Bangor and left Airbus languishing in ninth spot, after a winless run of 14 games.
And with the mid-season split fast approaching, games will come thick and fast for Craig Harrison’s side.
Weather-permitting Airbus hope to get back on track by hosting bottom side Haverfordwest County on Saturday (2.30pm) and then entertaining table-toppers Bangor City on Tuesday (7.30pm), in a rearranged fixture.
The former Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace full-back had planned to lead his side to Aberystwyth Town yesterday evening (Wednesday) but an early pitch inspection declared the pitch frozen.