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Welsh Premier League: Airbus UK Broughton boss Andy Preece targeting top-three push

ANDY Preece has set his sights on the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League top three after his impressive Airbus UK Broughton side swept to a superb 4-2 win at Llanelli on Sunday.

The victory moved the ambitious Wingmakers up to third and, according to their manager, it all but guaranteed they will finish in the upper half of the 12-team league before it splits in two next month.

Airbus boss Preece said: “We should have done enough because all the other teams chasing a place in the top six have got to play each other and it’s impossible for them to all take maximum points.

“So now we’ve got to consolidate our place in the top six and take as many points as we can before the split because then we’ll be playing the top teams week in, week out.

“No team in this league should get within 10-15 points of TNS given they are full-time and given their pitch. But we have to try and push Prestatyn for third and maybe Bangor City for second.

“That would be an unbelievable achievement as Bangor are the benchmark for teams like ourselves.

“We have surpassed our expectations.”

The Wingmakers’ maiden league victory at Llanelli’s Stebonheath Park came in spite of the fact they had to field one of their two injured goalkeepers.

Aaron Morrison played through the pain barrier after Preece had his request to sign a replacement outside of the transfer window turned down.

Preece, whose number one keeper Ben Chapman had no chance of playing, was furious that he was left with no other option but to go with the ‘less injured’ Morrison.

His anger turned to joy, however, after the brave stopper and his team-mates produced a performance full of spirit and skill.

Tom Field gave the visitors a sixth-minute lead from a free kick but within nine minutes Llanelli were in front thanks to a Craig Moses double.

Airbus, for whom it was their third straight league success, equalised in the 20th minute through Wayne Riley and went on to dominate the second half.

Riley netted his second and eighth of the season in the 66th minute before substitute Jordan Johnson completed the scoring late on.

Preece said: “We are absolutely buzzing. It feels like everything is against us but the lads went out there and put in a really good, solid performance.”

The Wingmakers make the short trip to the Deeside Stadium on New Year’s Day to take on neighbours Gap Connah’s Quay (2.30pm).