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Football: Huws Gray Alliance champions Gap Connah’s Quay launch legal challenge after FAW deny them promotion

Nomads take legal action in licence row

GAP Connah’s Quay are formally launching a legal challenge to the Football Association of Wales’ decision to reject their Domestic Licence application.

The application – and subsequent appeal to an independent panel – were both dismissed leaving the Huws Gray Alliance champions barred from accepting promotion back into the Welsh Premier.

Nomads general manager Ally Bennett said: “All I can say is that a sports law firm has been instructed to look at this case. The FAW have been told the same thing.”

Nomads were stung when their appeal was rejected. The club had expected their initial application to fail as they were still carrying out improvement work to the floodlights at Deeside Stadium.

According to the club, their conversations with the FAW and domestic licensing officers encouraged them that although the lighting work took place after the application deadline, due to a funding delay, it would have no bearing on the appeal, which would go through if the ground was up to standard before it was heard.

The ground was ready 24 hours before the appeal board convened but was still thrown out, leaving Nomads stunned.

They have since suggested looking into the possibility of joining the English pyramid system but have now opted to launch a legal challenge against the FAW’s actions.

Airbus dream ends in play-off defeat

HAVING been denied their highest-ever Welsh Premier finish by the extraordinary new Super 12 system, Airbus UK Broughton’s season came to a heartbreaking end with a 2-1 Europa play-off defeat at Aberystwyth on Tuesday night.

Airbus’ form has dipped of late but their 41-point haul would have been enough to secure them sixth place in the league had it not been for the mid-season split introduced this year.

They ended up eighth and just got themselves into the play-offs for a Europe League place, where they faced Aberystwyth at Park Avenue.

The Wingmakers took the lead when they were awarded a penalty on 21 minutes.

Ian Sheridan slotted it home to become Airbus’ joint top-scorer this season alongside Andy Moran with 11 goals and at half time Darren Ryan’s side still led the one-leg quarter final.

But the hosts finally found a equaliser after the break, Ashley Stott heading home on the hour to level the scores.

It was not enough to break the Wingmakers though and they stood firm, battling to take the game into extra time.

But there was hearbreak for the Broughton side three minutes from time when James McCarten fired a speculative effort from the edge of the box. The ball found its way past Niki Lee-Bulmer to make it 2-1 and end Airbus’ European dream.