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Welsh Premier League: My Airbus UK Broughton players deserve more credit, says boss Andy Preece

ANDY Preece believes Airbus UK Broughton have not been given the credit they deserve for securing the club’s best ever Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League position.

The Wingmakers will finish no lower than sixth after sealing their place in the upper half of the table before the 12-team league splits in two later this month.

It means the ambitious Flintshire outfit, whose best previous finish was seventh, are safe from relegation and free to concentrate all their efforts on qualifying for Europe for the first time.

Given the calibre of clubs still chasing the final spot in the top six – one of Carmarthen Town, Gap Connah’s Quay, Newtown, Llanelli, Bala Town and Aberystwyth Town will join Airbus, Port Talbot Town, Prestatyn Town, Bangor City and The New Saints in the Championship Conference – Preece reckons his side’s achievement should not be underestimated.

The Wingmakers director of football said: “When you look at the clubs who are fighting for sixth place and we’re comfortably inside it, it’s unbelievable what we’ve done and I think it’s gone a bit lost.

“Look at the teams who are down there fighting for sixth position.

“Bala Town are usually in it every year, Llanelli I know have had problems but they’ve pretty much kept their squad together and they’re normally in it, and then you’ve got a club like Aberystwyth who are trying to get it at the last minute, bringing in good players and spending good money.

“So for us to be sat there, having never been in it before, is an unbelievable achievement.”

Fourth-placed Airbus travel to second-from-bottom Aberystwyth on Saturday (noon).

They would have moved up to second last weekend with victory at home to basement boys Afan Lido.

The Hollingsworth Group Stadium clash, however, was postponed just 45 minutes before kick-off.

Wingmakers officials did not believe a morning pitch inspection was necessary as they felt the surface was in a better condition than it was for the Boxing Day derby with Connah’s Quay, which was given the go-ahead.

But referee Brian James deemed it unplayable and postponed the match.

It has been rearranged for this Tuesday (7.30pm).