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Football: Airbus UK Broughton make Welsh Premier League play-offs despite defeat

AIRBUS UK Broughton fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Newtown on the final day of the Welsh Premier League campaign.

A point would have been enough for the Wingmakers to secure home advantage in the end-of-season play-offs, but defeat now means that Darren Ryan’s side will travel to Aberystwyth Town for their quarter-final fixture.

Neither side created much early on during Saturday’s game, with home keeper Niki-Lee Bulmer stopping a shot straight down the middle and Airbus’ Ian Sheridan heading over the crossbar on 16 minutes.

Paul McManus blazed a shot over for the hosts just before the half-hour mark and Airbus were then punished soon after when a slip in their box allowed Newtown’s Steven Jones to tap in from close range.

On 31 minutes, the Wingmakers suffered a second blow when a ball over the top saw Jones break clear to lob Bulmer for his brace.

In the second half, the visitors again forced Bulmer into action as he made a point-blank save from Sam Bailey and Airbus were on the back foot.

On 66 minutes, the game was put well beyond Airbus’ reach when Shane Sutton flicked a header on to Jones for a well-deserved hat-trick.

There was little for the home fans in a 249 crowd to get excited about in the closing stages and Bulmer again did well to keep the score down as he was forced into a fine double save.

Head coach Ryan will now take his side to Aberwystwyth on Tuesday (7.30pm) hoping to improve on results from the club’s previous two visits.

Airbus have lost 2-1 and 2-0 at Aber’s Park Avenue this season but will be able to take heart from 3-1 and 5-3 triumphs at the Airfield.