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Welsh Premier: Airbus fly into Welsh Cup but Gap Connah’s Quay hit slump

THE League takes a break this weekend as the big clubs enter the Welsh Cup and Andy Preece’s Airbus go into their tie against Port Talbot upbeat after a battling 2-1 victory against Newtown.

The win put them eight points clear of the bottom six with six games to go before the league splits in two.

Preece admitted the Wingmakers’ performance against Newtown was not the best, but was pleased to have banked the three points.

“It was a real battle and our lads dug in,” he said. “Sometimes you're not going to play at your very best and those are the important ones where you can still grind out a result. Credit to our lads, we managed to do that tonight.

“Newtown are a good side, you don’t beat TNS, Bangor and Llanelli in a season if you haven’t got something about you. Obviously, with us beating them 7-1 earlier in the season they came here with a point to prove.

“But even though I didn't think we were at our best, we did more than enough to win the game.”

Mike Hayes gave Airbus the advantage with a soaring header on 18 minutes but 10 minutes later Newtown equalised through Kieran Mills-Evans.

Seven minutes into the second half however Chris Budrys raced onto Wayne Riley’s cross and his deft touch was enough for the Wingmakers to seal the points.

Mark Cadwallader was yesterday expected to join Cymru Alliance leaders Rhyl on loan.

GAP CONNAH’S QUAY go into their cup tie against Llanelli looking to rediscover their form after a desperately disappointing 2-1 loss at bottom club Afan Lido.

There was less than 60 seconds on the clock when the relegation-threatened hosts, who had lost their previous 10 league matches, took the lead through a Chris Hartland free kick.

A Mark Jones penalty doubled the advantage in the 33rd minute.

A half-time dressing down from player-boss McGregor sparked Nomads into life and afterwards Lido keeper Chris Curtis made superb saves from Dean Canning and Rhys Healey.

But Nomads were unable to find the net until five minutes from time when Alan Hooley scored his first goal of the season.

McGregor, who lost Craig Jones and Rob Jones on the eve of the game due to pressing family commitments, said: “I’ll defend the lads to the hilt but we let ourselves down – and I include myself in that as I was on the field.

“We prepared properly, staying overnight before the game, but we conceded a first-minute goal and it all stemmed from there.”