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Welsh Premier: Cautious Airbus boss Andy Preece not taking Newtown lightly

AIRBUS UK Broughton boss Andy Preece is wary of the threat Newtown could pose to his team at the Airfield tomorrow (7.30pm).

The Wingmakers swept to a 7-1 success when they met the Robins at Latham Park in September, making them hot favourites for the Friday night clash.

But Preece, whose side enjoyed a 5-0 home victory over Port Talbot Town in the Welsh Premier League last Saturday, says the struggling Robins will be given the utmost respect.

“They are a good side and they’ve had some really good results this year,” he said. “They’ve beaten Bangor and won 3-0 away at Llanelli, so we know we’re in for a tough game.

“There are a lot of good sides in the league this year. I don’t think it’s ever been like this. But I think we’ve been consistent and I can’t really think of any games when we’ve played poorly. Another win against Newtown would consolidate our top six position.”

Airbus moved up to fourth after Saturday’s win over Port Talbot, putting them back on track after two successive defeats.

The difference in class between the sides soon told after Wayne Riley’s strike from the edge of the box broke the Steelmen’s resistance on 28 minutes.

The dangerous Riley then created the Wingmakers' second goal 12 minutes later, his clever flick setting Jordan Johnson free inside the area for the winger to calmly roll the ball inside the near post.

Any lingering hopes the visitors had of salvaging anything from a rain-soaked encounter were washed away altogether when Mike Hayes found room to fire home a left-footed shot two minutes after the re-start.

Hapless Port must have feared a deluge when Riley's well-taken second made it 4-0 after 53 minutes, but the Wingmakers eased up after Steve Abbott’s classy finish 11 minutes later.

The game also saw new Airbus signing Richie Partridge make his debut.

The well travelled winger, who counts Liverpool, Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, Chester City, MK Dons and The New Saints among his former clubs, came on in the 65th minute after Preece beat a number of clubs to the his signature.

Preece added: “I was really pleased with our performance because it was a big game for us.

“We've lost a couple but we’re playing well and when we're winning we're beating teams convincingly.

“We’re playing really good football and if we continue that on Friday we'll give ourselves a good chance against a tough side.”

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