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Football: Airbus UK still searching for first Welsh Premier League win

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AIRBUS are still seeking their first win of their Welsh Premier League campaign after notching up their fifth draw in seven matches on Friday.

But head coach Gareth Owen is optimistic the Wingmakers will return to winning ways after being encouraged by his team’s strong end to the last match.

The problem the visitors faced was a sloppy start which left them 1-0 down after just 45 seconds, Glenn Rule turning a cross into his own net.

Owen said: “We started the match terribly by conceding that early on.

“We changed things round slightly in the second half and the lads played better and showed great character to come back from a goal down.

“There were a few home truths said in the dressing room after the match, but it was positive.

“The lads will always give their all no matter what minute of the match it is, and that is a great quality to have.

“We are asking for a clean sheet from the next game and to improve, we need to stamp our authority from early on.

“If we can play like we did in that last half-hour we would be winning more games.”

Owen, who is looking at bringing a couple of trialists to the squad, said: “At the moment we are happy with the team we have now. It is really important to get the three points and if we can convert one of these draws into a win that would relax the team.”

Airbus struggled in the first half as Andy Parkinson, making his debut for the hosts, forced keeper Niki-Lee Bulmer into making two saves.

Aber threatened to double their lead after the break as a Jordan Follows strike was denied by a brilliant Bulmer save and a Moses Barnett header was cleared off the line by Danny Taylor.

But Airbus hit back and Aber’s Steve Cann had to parry an effort from Rule, while Ian Sheridan scooped the ball over the bar from close range.

The pressure paid off as after 77 minutes, Craig Whitfield gained possession in the area which gifted an opportunity for substitute Mike Hayes to score from close range.

Both sides searched for a winner as Airbus began to fire on all cylinders, with Aber’s former Sunderland and Tranmere journeyman Sean Thornton seeing red in the 89th minute for violent conduct.

Airbus host The New Saints on Saturday (3.45pm), in a match to be televised live on S4C’s Sgorio programme.