Saturday's Welsh Premier home match against Carmarthen Town marks yet another landmark moment this season for Airbus UK Broughton FC. It will see the cameras from S4C's Sgorio programme broadcast the first live TV game from the Airfield - a great achievement for everyone involved at the club who have worked hard to make it happen.

Prior to this season the Wingmakers had never featured in a live TV game. They have now experienced such an occasion three times but unfortunately with little success. They have yet to score or earn a single point in the live games they have featured in. All have been away from home and despite the lack of positive results so far, they have entertained.

They will be looking for a change of luck today at home - as can be seen in a look back at their previous live performances below, the Wingmakers have been unlucky in the past...

 

Saturday 25th September 2010: Haverfordwest County 4-0 Airbus UK Broughton

Airbus travelled to South Wales with high hopes having begun the season in fine form. Just weeks before this game they had been second in the table while even then their hosts had struggled. However the Wingmakers made a disastrous start when Neil Thomas opened the scoring after just 3 minutes.

The Wingmakers went on to enjoy plenty of possession and played some good football but couldn't convert the chances they created. They fell further behind on 39 minutes to a Jack Christopher header.

The home team defended well and raced further ahead through a Matty Collins free-kick on 63 minutes. The Wingmakers continued to search for a goal but it proved elusive and with 6 minutes to go Haverfordwest made it 4-0 from another free-kick. Andy Moran forced a spectacular double save from goalkeeper Lee Idzi late on but that was as good as it got for Airbus.

Havind not played badly on their TV debut the Wingmakers could be fairly disappointed and confused at being on the end of a 4-0 defeat. A clear case of one team taking their chances with the other taking none.

 

Saturday 4th December 2010: The New Saints 2-0 Airbus UK Broughton

This game was put back a day at a stage of the season when the winter weather wreaked havoc with the fixtures. By moving the game from Friday night to Saturday afternoon it gave staff at TNS more time to clear the surface at Park Hall - and S4C a game to televise.

Conditions were still difficult and again the Wingmakers conceded an early goal - a defensive lapse from a set-piece allowing Phil Baker to head The New Saints into the lead. Airbus continued to hold their own however, creating a number of opportunities and matching the home side in the second-half.

The game's turning point occurred with 20 minutes to go. A Nick Rushton shot was blocked by the hand of Tommy Holmes but no penalty was awarded. Minutes later ex-Wingmaker Craig Jones broke away and doubled his side's lead with a neat finish across Kristian Rogers.

At 2-0 the game was over though it was a tighter contest than the scoreline suggested. However this was little consolation as the Wingmakers suffered another TV defeat.

 

Saturday 15th January 2011: Neath 1-0 Airbus UK Broughton

Yet again the Wingmakers put in a decent performance against a good side for the Sgorio cameras only to return home empty-handed. A cagey game remained 0-0 at the interval with Airbus having more than a chance of snatching something in the second-half.

Danny Desormeaux had a good shout for a penalty turned down after he was tripped in the area as the Wingmakers attacked positively and created chances. Desormeaux had another good appeal for a penalty dismissed when a hand-ball in the area blocked his shot.

That it wasn't to be the Wingmakers day was emphasised when a subdued Lee Trundle created a tap-in for Chad Bond to put Neath in the lead with 17 minutes to go. That was how it stayed with Airbus able to feel genuinely unlucky to lose due to decisions that went against them.

 

Hopefully the Wingmakers will have better luck today, and if the recent home games against Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest are anything to go by, Sgorio viewers could be in for a treat.

By Rory Sheehan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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