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Airbus UK Broughton: Unlucky Wingmakers slip to friendly loss to Luton Town

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AIRBUS were just eight minutes away from taking the scalp of a former Football League side in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly at the Airfield.

Visitors Luton – beaten finalists in last season’s Blue Square Premier play-off final – needed two late, late strikes to see off Craig Harrison’s team.

Airbus had taken the lead on 25 minutes, scoring against the run of play when Mike Hayes latched on to a long ball and coolly chipped Mark Tyler.

Drewe Broughton, the former Chester City forward, squandered Luton’s best first-half chances as Niki Lee Bulmer stood firm in the home goal.

Airbus continued to give a good account of themselves after the restart but, as is the case with many pre-season friendlies, they made a raft of substitutions, introducing several youngsters while also giving an unexpected run-out to 39-year-old head coach Gareth Owen.

The unfamiliar line-up was unable to see the game out and Luton sub Robbie Willmott levelled on 82 minutes with an unstoppable free-kick from 20 yards.

A minute into injury time, former Peterborough striker Danny Crow won it for the visitors with a sharp close-range finish from six yards.

Despite the result, the majority of the 103-strong crowd went home happy with the Wingmakers’ spirited performance.

The Broughton side make the short trip to Chester FC tomorrow for a hastily-arranged friendly (7.30pm) before welcoming Morecambe in another warm-up fixture on Monday (7.30pm).

Experienced former TNS defender Tommy Holmes lined-up for Airbus in the first half on Tuesday but was forced off with an injury. He is hoping to earn a deal with the Wingmakers.

The Airfield will host a schoolboys’ Victory Shield match between Wales and Scotland on Friday, September 30.

It will be shown live on Sky Sports.