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Airbus UK Broughton: Glenn Rule gets Wingmakers over the line at Bala Town

AIRBUS UK Broughton booked a second-round League Cup tie against The New Saints after completing their elimination of Bala Town.

Andy Preece took his Wingmakers to a thawed-out Maes Tegid with a 4-1 lead from the first leg to defend.

And defend it they did as they absorbed pressure from the Lakesiders in the first half.

But 30 minutes in Bala virtually handed the game to Airbus as John Bathurst was fouled just outside the box and Airbus skipper Glenn Rule fired a dipping free-kick over former Nomads keeper Terry McCormick to make it 5-1 on aggregate.

Bala were not despondent however and hit back on the stroke of half-time, former Airbus striker Ian Sheridan stooping to nod home a Mark Connolly cross.

The Lakesiders turned up the pressure in the second half chasing an unlikely comeback but they squandered a number of chances before Lee Hunt slotted home an 81st minute consolation penalty.

The Wingmakers then saw their captain’s brother Ross Rule, on as a substitute, sent off for a foul on Connolly in the second minute of stoppage time.

Tomorrow Airbus are scheduled to face Newtown at Latham Park in the Welsh Premier League, although the Robins’ last two games were both postponed due to frost.

In the Huws Gray Alliance all games were postponed because of adverse weather.

BUCKLEY TOWN will be hoping to ramp up the pressure on leaders GAP CONNAH’S QUAY tomorrow when they travel to Cefn Druids for an evening kick-off.

Gareth Thomas has a fully-fit squad to choose from as his Bucks, currently second in the Alliance, target a victory which could take them to within two points of Mark McGregor’s side.

But the Nomads are also in action tomorrow evening as they welcome mid-table Conwy United to the Deeside Stadium, weather permitting.

With Gary O’Toole back in goalscoring form player-boss McGregor will be hoping his side do not slip up and open the door for the Bucks, who have a game in hand over their Deeside rivals.

FLINT TOWN UNITED meanwhile make their first foray into the NEWFA Cup as they travel to face Welsh National League side FC Cefn for an early 1.30pm kick-off.

The cup is Flint’s only realistic chance of silverware this season so Paul Davies is likely to field a strong side.