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Airbus UK Broughton: Wingmakers regain top spot in the Welsh Premier League Play-off Conference

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AIRBUS fought back from an early setback against Aberystwyth on Saturday to snatch all three points and leave manager Andy Preece delighted as his team reclaimed top spot in the Play-off Conference.

An early goal from Sean Thornton via the penalty spot after a Danny Grannon handball left Airbus battling the windy conditions and a spirited Town at the Airfield.

But two quick goals from Mark Danks and Grannon gave Airbus a precious lead at half time.

Aberystwyth equalised through Thornton with 20 minutes to go, but Airbus were not to be denied as Glenn Rule whipped in a vicious cross that was turned in by Aber’s Wyn Thomas for an own goal.

Preece declared: “I was delighted with the way we played and fought to get back into the game.

“To be fair, Aberystwyth played well in the first half and were probably the better side, but we showed great spirit to bounce back.

“We were playing against the strong winds in the second half and it made it a scruffy game, but I’m really pleased with the result.”

Preece added: “Aberystwyth were always going to be difficult to play against as they had a new manager, and a new man at a club always seems to get more out of the players.

“That’s how it proved for us, but we had to dig in for the win.”

Airbus will face second-placed Afan Lido on Saturday at the Airfield in a top-of-the-table clash.

Preece said: “It will be a big game for us on Saturday.

“If they win they will go above us in the league, but if we win then we will be five points clear. It’s going to be a difficult match.

“There may be a few lads coming back from injury, but it’s touch and go for Tommy Holmes and Neville Thompson. Gavin Cadwallader picked up a knock on Saturday and he may need a rest at the weekend.

“We’ll have to see who is available for the game but we’ve not had fully fit squad for most of the season.”

Meanwhile, Danny Taylor has gone out on trial with Npower League Two side Crewe Alexandra.

The Welsh Cup semi final between the Wingmakers and Huws Gray Alliance side Cefn Druids will be played at Rhyl’s Belle Vue ground on March 31.