Airbus UK Broughton face Newtown in the final game of the regular Welsh Premier season this Saturday with much at stake for both sides. For the Wingmakers - the chance to take part in the inaugural play-offs which could lead to qualification for the Europa League. For Newtown a positive result would ensure their safety from relegation.
Currently there are a number of connections between the Wingmakers and the Robins on the staff at both clubs - who will hoping for a double celebration at the end of the afternoon. One of them - current Wingmakers coach Roger Preece - has given us his thoughts on both his current and former clubs ahead of the game. Roger played for Wrexham, Chester City and Shrewsbury Town from the late 1980's through to 2000 and was Newtown manager from 2003 to 2006. He joined the Wingmakers coaching staff last winter.
1: How did you arrive at Airbus UK Broughton and what have you made of your time at the club so far?
Roger: "I came to the club after Stewart Roberts recommended me to Craig (Harrison) who was looking for someone to come in and work with him and Andy Thomas. Stew and I had previously worked together at GAP Queens Park and GAP Connah's Quay. I have been really impressed with the club. I certainly feel the infrastructure at the club is excellent from the first-team all the way down to the academy, and it has been great this season to see so many academy players progress to being involved with the first-team".
2: How have you found working with Craig and Andy, and is it different to previous clubs you have been at?
Roger: "I have really enjoyed working with both of them. They compliment each other well and both are very hard-working and dedicated. Craig has a great knowledge and is very passionate about how he wants the game to be played, and really wants to succeed in taking Airbus to the next level. 'Thommo' also has a great knowledge and is a person who sets a great example in the way he does things, the players and I have a great respect for both of them".
3: What are your thoughts on former club Newtown?
Roger: "I will always have fond memories of Newtown, it was where I first became a manager. We managed to get to the Quarter-Finals of the Premier Cup which was a pleasing achievement. The Newtown supporters were always very friendly and supportive towards me and I really hope they can stay up this season. I am sure under Andy Cale they will go from strength to strength in the future".
4: What were the highlights of your playing career?
Roger: "I was lucky to have some very good memories especially playing for Wrexham and Chester. My highlight for Wrexham was probably scoring the winning goal for them in a derby game against Chester. I had two highlights at Chester, the first was beating Stoke City at the old Victoria Ground to stay in the old 1st division - after being bottom in February and needing 10 points to get out of the bottom four. The second was beating Hereford to gain promotion in 1994 to get us out of the old 2nd division".
By Rory Sheehan