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Late penalty denies Airbus UK Broughton victory at Prestatyn Town

NEW recruit Danny Grannon was unable to prevent nine-man Airbus UK Broughton from letting a two-goal lead slip against Prestatyn Town at Bastion Gardens – which is fast becoming their bogey ground.

Signed from Colwyn Bay on the eve of Friday’s 2-2 draw, Grannon came on to shore up the Wingmakers defence after Craig Whitfield was sent off in the 54th minute for a second bookable offence.

But Prestatyn made the most of their numerical advantage as they halved the deficit before snatching a share of the spoils with an injury-time penalty awarded after Tommy Holmes handled in the box – an offence for which he became the second Airbus player to be given his marching orders on a night of drama on the North Wales coast.

The result means the Wingmakers have failed to win on each of their last five visits to Prestatyn.

But that hoodoo is nothing compared to the one Rhys Griffiths has over Craig Harrison’s men.

The prolific Griffiths is expected to lead the line for Llanelli when they arrive at the Airfield on Sunday (2.30pm).

The six-time Welsh Premier golden boot winner has scored an amazing 22 goals in 13 league games against Airbus in the last seven years, both for Port Talbot Town and his present club.

Griffiths will be looking to add to his tally at the weekend, but he will come up against a Wingmakers outfit desperate to notch their first victory of the season after letting two points slip from their grasp at Prestatyn on Friday.

Holmes headed in the opener in the 29th minute and despite the heroics of their goalkeeper Dave Roberts, there seemed no way back for the Seasiders when Mike Hayes doubled the advantage seconds after the restart with a fine finish.

But after Whitfield was dismissed, Prestatyn mounted a spirited fightback which they capped when player-boss Neil Gibson slotted in a late spot-kick.

Airbus boss Harrison, meanwhile, is delighted to have made Grannon his latest capture.

He said: “Danny has played a big part in getting the Bay promoted and his winning mentality will hopefully rub off. He’s a big lad and a very good defender and will give us the extra bite which we were a little short on last season.”