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Airbus UK Broughton: Wingmakers suffer first loss of the season at Neath

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VICTORIES must come soon for Airbus if they are to secure their place in the top six when the Welsh Premier splits in January.

The Wingmakers are still without a win this season after losing to title favourites Neath.

The division’s big spenders moved up to second in the table after sweeping Airbus aside a little too comfortably for boss Craig Harrison’s liking.

The nightmare began on 21 minutes when Kerry Morgan unleashed a vicious shot at Niki-Lee Bulmer.

Airbus keeper Bulmer palmed the shot into the path of Craig Hughes who stroked the ball home with ease.

And it could have been worse as soon afterwards Bulmer was forced to make saves from former Wrexham and Swansea City striker Lee Trundle and Kerry Morgan as Neath took control of proceedings.

With half-time looming, Neath doubled their advantage.

A well-worked passing move found Paul Fowler on the edge of the box.

He simply took a shot from 18 yards out to double Neath’s lead and put Airbus firmly on the back foot.

The half-time interval gave Harrison an opportunity to rally his troops and spur them on to take something from the game.

But it never came to pass as almost straight from the kick-off an effort on the Airbus goal was deflected past Bulmer by Wingmakers full-back Danny Taylor.

The goal was credited to Craig Hughes but that proved no consolation to Airbus, who were left staring down the barrel of their first loss of the season.

Ian Sheridan had Airbus’ best chances.

In the first half he couldn’t quite find the finish as two chances to give Airbus the lead escaped him.

And in the second half he had two more efforts.

The first saw him force a save from Neath keeper Lee Kendall and soon afterwards he took the ball around Kendall and shot, but his effort was cleared off the line by a covering defender.

Kendall also denied substitute Mike Hayes as Airbus were left to contemplate losing their unbeaten record and their need to start winning games.