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GOALKEEPER Niki Lee-Bulmer is not expected to play for Airbus again this season after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday’s defeat at Port Talbot.
With the score level at 1-1 in the second half, the 20-year-old raced out his penalty area to head the ball clear but collided with Cortez Belle. He fell over the top of the former Chester City striker, landing awkwardly, and required a long spell of treatment before leaving the pitch.
Bulmer was replaced by outfield player Danny Grannon in goal and the big defender was beaten seven minutes into injury time by Chris Hartland’s match-winner.
The young Airbus keeper is likely to miss the rest of the season – including the Welsh Cup semi-final with Cefn Druids a week on Saturday – and his place between the posts will be taken by veteran reserve keeper Andy Mulliner, 41.
Wingmakers boss Preece said: “It was a straightforward dislocation for Niki and he will not be out for as long as we first feared, but he is obviously in an awful lot of pain and it’s still a bad injury.
“I’ll be bringing Andy in to replace him. He’s got a load of experience and I’ve got faith in him.”
Mark Cadwallader had put Airbus ahead at Port Talbot in the 48th minute, but Belle equalised midway through the half.
Nine minutes of injury time were played due to Bulmer’s injury and the Steelmen came up with the winning goal late on through Hartland.
Airbus: Bulmer, Taylor, Worton, Connolly, Grannon, Rule, G Cadwallader (Whitfield 45), M Cadwallader (Holmes 90), Bathurst, Danks (Thompson 72), Hayes. Sub: Roberts.
A former Airbus player is making his mark in the Football League.
Striker Jake Cassidy, who left the Airfield in 2010 to sign for Premier League outfit Wolves, joined Tranmere Rovers on loan last Friday.
After making his debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, he came up with a goal – the first of his League career – in a 2-0 success over Rochdale on Tuesday.
Cassidy, who hails from Glan Conwy, was snapped up for free by Airbus from Llandudno Junction in the summer of 2010.
After starring in a series of pre-season friendly matches, he was quickly recruited by Wolves for an undisclosed fee.
Airbus, who are still top of the Play-off Conference in the Welsh Premier League, face Newtown at the Airfield tomorrow (7.30pm).