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Airbus UK Broughton: TNS steal points with late controversy

MIKE Hayes grabbed Airbus’ first ever live televised goal against title favourites The New Saints, but the Wingmakers’ Sgorio hoodoo continued as they slumped to a controversial 2-1 defeat.

The winning goal came deep into injury time with almost the final kick of the match.

A blatant free-kick for Airbus was ignored by the referee, allowing TNS’ Chris Sargeant to slot home in the 94th minute to leave Airbus still winless.

But while it is difficult to keep saying Airbus are almost there when they keep drawing or losing, it is true to say they gave TNS a real scare.

The match brought Airbus summer target Simon Spender to the Airfield, big-spending TNS having gazumped Craig Harrison to the former Wrexham defender’s signature, and he was made to earn his keep by the Wingmakers’ forwards, who refused to let TNS rest.

Both sides started strongly, Greg Draper clipping the bar for TNS and Craig Whitfield, facing his former employers turned and shot over for the Wingmakers.

Adam Worton caused TNS problems down the flanks and Ian Sheridan had the Wingmakers best chance of the first half as he broke through the defence only to be denied by TNS keeper Paul Harrison.

Both sides cancelled each other out until the 77th minute when a Chris Sergeant corner was met unchallenged by Alex Darlington.

The ball looped over Niki-Lee Bulmer in the Airbus goal and TNS had the lead.

It lasted 120 seconds before Airbus equalised.

Sheridan raced into the channel down the right and crossed into a packed box.

Mike Hayes snapped up the opportunity with a low shot to bring the game back to 1-1.

Hayes became the first Airbus player to score in a live televised game.

His goal spurred TNS on and when four minutes of stoppage time were signalled they attempted to batten down the hatches.

Then came the controversy as, with seconds remaining, referee Mark Whitby decided not to penalise TNS for a foul and Sargeant grabbed the winner.

The Wingmakers can once more take heart from their performance, although it is results that count in football.

Saturday brings a great opportunity for Harrison’s men, as they go to Carmarthen Town, where the hosts last win this fixture in 2008.