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Airbus UK Broughton: Wingmakers adrift of top six after defeat

AIRBUS UK Broughton missed out on a big opportunity to put pressure on those in the Welsh Premier’s top six ahead of the forthcoming league split after going down 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town on Tuesday.

Two well-taken Ricky Evans goals proved enough for the home side, who are now level on points with the Wingmakers as clubs strive to get into the top six before February’s league split.

Town’s Steff Edwards saw his early effort cleared off the line and they restricted Airbus to speculative long range efforts from Matt Woodward and Carl Owen, which never really troubled Steve Cann in goal.

The home team continued to press after the break and finally got their reward on 54 minutes when Evans’s shot rebounded back to him in the area before he evaded the defence to blast home from six yards.

The Airfield side drew level four minutes later after Cann’s punched clearance dropped to Andy Moran on the edge of the area and he smartly found the corner of the net.

However, just past the hour Evans’ dogged persistence saw him emerge with the ball in a crowded box, round Airbus keeper Kristian Rogers, and slot home from two yards after a good run and right-wing cross from Lewis Codling.

The goal consigned Airbus to their second straight defeat, after Craig Harrison’s side lost 4-3 to Prestatyn Town on Friday evening.

And having seen central midfielder Ashley Williams cross the border to sign on the dotted line for Chester FC this week, the arrival of ex-Shrewsbury youth starlet Gavin Cadwallader from Newtown AFC provides a timely boost for the Wingmakers.

The former captain of the Latham Park outfit becomes Harrison’s third signing of the January transfer window after Eddie Hope and Ian Sheridan.

Cadwallader is closing in on 100 Welsh Premier League appearances and he now hopes to achieve that milestone with his new side.

Harrison said: “I am really pleased Caddy has decided to join us and he will be a great addition to the squad.

“Gavin has plenty of experience with numerous Welsh Premier Games under his belt and his aerial ability along with his versatility will give us more options all round.

“I am looking forward to working with him.”

Airbus are away on the road on Saturday as they take on third-placed Neath (3.45pm).

The game will be screened live on S4C’s Sgorio.