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Welsh Premier League: Airbus UK Broughton boss Andy Preece furious at having to play injured goalkeeper

AIRBUS UK Broughton boss Andy Preece has aimed a furious blast at the FA of Wales after he was forced to field an injured goalkeeper.

Preece had no other option but to play injured Aaron Morrison in Sunday’s 4-2 win at Llanelli after the governing body refused his request to sign a replacement keeper outside of the transfer window.

A troubling hip problem had restricted the second-string Morrison to just one Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League appearance in the current campaign.

The 19-year-old should not have played against troubled Llanelli – whose players have gone without pay at times this season – but he agreed to do so after number one Ben Chapman was ruled out with a groin strain.

Morrison did not let the high-flying Wingmakers down and Preece could not be more proud of the teenager.

But the former Wrexham striker is incensed that he was put in the position of choosing which of his two keepers was ‘less injured’.

Preece said: “I am absolutely fuming at the decision – I just don’t understand it.

“Aaron has had to have painkilling injections to play.

“It’s not right and I’m so angry.

“Nothing against Llanelli, who I feel sorry for, but they haven’t being paying wages and yet they’ve had no sanctions against them?

“We’ve not carried a third goalkeeper and not paid him.

“We seem to be getting punished for running the club correctly.”

Preece is also far from happy that his side’s trip to Aberystwyth Town – which was postponed earlier this month – is likely to be rearranged for a midweek in January.

That would require Airbus’ part-time players to take time off work in order to make the match.

Gap Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor also has problems of the injury variety.

McGregor was down to the bare bones for yesterday’s derby between his Nomads team and the Wingmakers at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

The clash, which took place after the Chronicle went to press, was subject to a morning pitch inspection.

If it was postponed, it will be rearranged for tomorrow (Friday) with a 7.30pm kick off.

The Flintshire neighbours meet again on New Year’s Day at Nomads’ Deeside Stadium home. Kick off is 2.30pm.

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