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Welsh Premier: Gap Connah’s Quay let lead slip as Airbus UK Broughton share spoils on damp derby day

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A HARD-FOUGHT Flintshire derby played on a rain-soaked pitch saw Airbus battled back from two goals down on Boxing Day.

In the first of two festive encounters, depleted Nomads opened the scoring in the 51st minute after great work from Ricky Evans led to Rob Jones – playing despite a broken nose – finishing superbly. Jamie Petrie doubled Nomads’ advantage five minutes later, lifting an impressive shot over Airbus keeper Aaron Morrison.

Mark McGregor’s ninth-placed side seemed in control and set for a victory that would have moved them within a point of the coveted top six.

But the high-flying Wingmakers reduced the deficit in the 64th minute when on-loan Wrexham defender Steve Tomassen got the final touch in a scramble to force the ball over the line. The equaliser came three minutes later when young Nomad Danny Wynne beat his own keeper.

Airbus boss Preece said: “We had some really good chances in the first half and not taking them was the reason we didn’t get the three points.

“Getting the first goal was always going to be crucial but we got done on the break both times and we found ourselves 2-0 down on a pitch that really cut up.

“But credit to the lads, they got the goals back and the final 25 minutes was pretty much end-to-end and either side could have won it. I think you have to see it as a positive and as a point gained.”

The visitors could also reflect on missed opportunities, particularly by Evans in the first half and Rhys Healey in the second after the hosts had restored parity.

Nomads player-manager McGregor said: “The pitch didn’t help but it did add to the spice and it was a proper Boxing Day derby.

“We did okay first half and Ricky Evans should have scored but we did really well at the start of the second and scored two magnificent individual goals. It was just a shame we couldn’t hang on a little longer before they scored their first goal.”