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Welsh Premier League: Rivals bosses expect Airbus UK Broughton v Gap Connah’s Quay clashes to be Christmas crackers

RIVAL managers Andy Preece and Mark McGregor expect the festive double-header between Airbus UK Broughton and Gap Connah’s Quay to be matches to savour.

Airbus, who are the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League’s leading scorers with 43 goals from 16 games, host the first clash between the Flintshire derby rivals on Boxing Day (2.30pm).

Nomads, who have scored 34 and conceded 39 times so far this season, then welcome the Wingmakers to Deeside Stadium on New Year’s Day (2.30pm).

Airbus boss Preece, whose side won October’s Word Cup tie between the teams, said: “I always look forward to derby games.

“It was a really good game in the cup, they’ve done really well this season, and it should be another good match on Boxing Day.

“They play good football, like ourselves, and we’re hoping for a big crowd. I certainly wouldn’t expect it to be 0-0. It’s a game we will both be looking to win.”

The Wingmakers are close to securing their place in the top six before the league splits in two next month.

But promoted Nomads, who like their neighbours have won a string of admirers this season for their positive approach, have work to do to ensure they finish in the upper half of the table and banish the threat of relegation.

Nomads player-manager McGregor, whose team head to table-toppers The New Saints tomorrow (7.45pm), said: “Airbus are a really good side. They are defensively strong and have attacking players that can cause a threat.

“It will be a really difficult game for us but we know it’s important we have something to show from these next three games.”