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Football: Airbus UK Broughton back in pole position for Welsh Premier League play-off place

AIRBUS UK Broughton go into the final game of their regular Welsh Premier League campaign as favourites to secure seventh place in the table.

The Wingmakers took full advantage of play-off rivals Aberystwyth Town’s 1-0 setback at Newtown on Saturday to leapfrog them back into seventh spot – and the top of the play-off positions.

In what proved to be manager Darren Ryan’s first victory in charge since taking over from Craig Harrison at the end of March, Airbus returned from Haverfordwest County with a welcome 2-0 success.

And the last match of the regular season sees Ryan’s men entertain Newtown at the Airfield on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), where victory will cement seventh position.

The Wingmakers took on a young an inexperienced County side in front of just 97 supporters, and two second-half goals proved enough to make sure of victory.

Airbus made a strong start to their final away game of the campaign and forced the opposition goalkeeper James Manson into a number of early saves.

The hosts also had their chances with Mark Dodds twice playing in Luke Robinson, whose efforts went just wide, and Airbus shot-stopper Niki Lee-Bulmer was brought into action soon after.

Tom Ramasut’s 19th-minute free-kick looked as though it could break the deadlock, but Lee-Bulmer scrambled across goal to squeeze the ball wide for a corner at the foot of a post.

Within minutes, Airbus also had a superb chance to open the scoring when Eddie Hope spotted Manson a couple of yards off his line after a punched clearance fell to his feet.

But unfortunately for the midfielder, he saw his ambitious chipped effort bounce back off the crossbar.

The first Airbus goal came eventually in the 38th minute when hotshot Ian Sheridan found himself with far too much room in which to move, and he chipped the stranded keeper from a narrow angle.

Robinson threatened three times early in the second half, from chances again fashioned by dangerman Dodds and Neil Thomas, but the Wingmakers kept the hosts at bay.

The match-clinching goal came from frontman Paul McManus in the 67th minute.