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Airbus UK Broughton: Europa League dream alive for Airbus UK Broughton despite dip in form

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THE Wingmakers look almost certain to have booked a play-off place – despite falling to a disappointing loss at Park Avenue on Friday.

Andy Preece’s side have won only one of their last six Welsh Premier League matches, but only a freak set of results this weekend could deprive them of a seventh-placed finish.

By finishing seventh Airbus would be the leading side in the Play-off Conference, a mini league for teams in the bottom half of the table which has been running since the WPL split in two at the turn of the year.

Their reward would be entry into the play-offs for a place in next season’s Europa League qualifiers, where they would vie with the teams finishing from third down to sixth in the WPL.

With just one match of the regular season to go, Airbus are three points clear of eighth-placed Port Talbot Town.

They boast a superior goal difference to their rivals, so only a heavy defeat in this Saturday’s match at Afan Lido (3.20pm) would put them at risk of being overtaken.

Boss Preece will be looking for a big improvement from his players following Friday’s loss.

Hosts Aber took the lead 11 minutes into the second half when Danny Taylor was adjudged to have hauled down former Tranmere Rovers forward Andy Parkinson in the area. Sean Thornton – another Prenton Park old boy – fired home from the spot.

The hosts then sealed the points through a Geoff Kellaway strike.

Airbus UK: Mulliner, Taylor, Worton, Holes, G Cadwallader, Hope, Edwards (Lee Jones 81), M Cadwallader, Thompson (Bathurst 58), Danks, Griffiths. Subs: McCartney, Roberts, Ellis.

Attendance: 309.

With the end of the season in sight, Andy Preece has been in talks with his squad over deals for next season.

Yesterday the club announced that midfielder Ryan Edwards had penned a two-year contract.

A clutch of other players – including Glenn Rule, Tommy Holmes, Craig Whitfield and Danny Desormeaux – are already under contract for next season.

Saturday’s clash at Afan Lido will kick off at the later time of 3.30pm, rather than the normal start time of 2.30pm.

All WPL matches this weekend start at 3.30pm, to coincide with the televised title decider between TNS and Bangor City.