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Airbus UK Broughton: Huge week for Wingmen as semi-final places up for grabs

ANDY Preece is determined to make Welsh Cup history for Airbus UK Broughton this Saturday.

The Wingmakers host struggling Carmarthen Town at the Airfield for a quarter-final tie (2.30pm kick-off).

A home win would send Airbus into the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup for the first time in the club’s 66-year history.

Director of football Preece said: “It’s a great opportunity to get to the semi-finals. It’s never been done before in the history of the club. We want to get into the history books.

“We’re at home so we’ve got to be positive.”

The match comes just a week after Airbus lost 1-0 to the Old Gold at Richmond Park in the league.

Preece felt his side deserved at least a point and hopes home advantage will tip this weekend’s tie in the Wingmakers’ favour.

Defender Tommy Holmes (hamstring) remains sidelined and midfielder Glenn Rule begins a two-match ban for picking up 10 bookings this season. However, Gavin Cadwallader has been given the all-clear to play after recovering from a heavy blow to his cheekbone.

Airbus, who have knocked out Wrexham and Afan Lido on the way to the fifth round, have only once reached the quarter-final stage before.

They were beaten 5-0 by Bangor City in the last eight in 2009, then failed to make it past the third round in the following two seasons.

The tie with Carmarthen kicks off an important week for the Wingmen, who host TNS next Tuesday for the second leg of their League Cup quarter-final showdown (7.30pm).

Preece’s men lost 2-1 to a late winner in the first leg but are by no means out of contention.

Preece said: “We did really well at their place. It’s a tough task, against one of the league’s top sides, but we’ve given ourselves a chances after the first game. We’ll give it a good shot.”

An early goal by Dan Macdonald was all that separated Airbus from Carmarthen at Richmond Park.

The former Monmouth Town striker bagged a ninth-minute goal after visiting keeper Niki Lee-Bulmer failed to hold on to a shot from Jon Hood.

In the second half, the Wingmakers had a goal disallowed for offside while Mark Danks also missed a gilt-edged chance and hit the post.

Airbus UK Broughton: Bulmer, Taylor, Worton (Roberts 85), Connolly, Grannon, G Rule, Edwards, M Cadwallader (Whitfield 60), Thompson, Danks, Hayes (Bathurst 60). Subs: Hope, Griffiths, McCartney.

Attendance: 273.