Airbus UK Broughton go into this weekends fixture v Bala Town at the Airfield knowing only too well that a Win must be forthcoming if they are to have any hope of finishing in the Top 6 at the League Split- in fact even a win would not guarantee a top 6 place as the Wingmakers would also have to rely on Neath beating Port Talbot on Tuesday Night and Aber failing to win at Haverfordwest County next Saturday- so a win puts pressure on those 2 sides to eak out results on their travels.
Of course there is a huge obstacle in front of the men from the Airfield in the shape of Colin Caton`s Bala Town who are fighting for every last point in the Division to ensure they remain. One thing Bala Town have in abundence is Character- they fight until the very last minute of every game and these are the foundations of a growing Club on and off the field. Their support home and away in the Welsh Premier has been fantastic and that is likely to be in evidence again tomorrow at the Airfield- a journey where Caton will be looking for a response from his side after a humbling 4-1 defeat in Cardiff againt the Students in the Welsh Cup.
Airbus Manager Craig Harrison will be looking for the same attitude and committment from his side that forced a win from a likely draw at Newtowns Latham Park last weekend and will be hopeful a softer pitch at the Airfield will allow a free flowing passing game from his side - he will however have to hope for the 3 points without leading Goal Scorer Andy Moran who suffered a nasty injury last weekend, although better news coming out of the Airfield is that it is not a break but more Ligament damage, Harrison will have the free from suspension options of Matthew Woodward and Leon Clowes and the returning Danny Desormeaux with only Phil Clarke and Player / Coach Chris Doran unavailable through injury. Gio Feliceillo is also a possible returnee.
The teams played up at Maes Tegid in New Year and the Wingmakers came away with 3 points after Carl Owen and Gio Feliceillo got the goals in a 2-1 away win, Eddie Hope made his debut that day and he, Tom McCready , Ian Sheridan and John Leah and Gavin Cadwallader have all settled in nicely at the Club after a busy January transfer Window- Bala will be facing a much changed side from the one that won at Maes Tegid and it will be interesting to see how the sides match up this time around with both needing the points for different reasons.
Bala will by all accounts be missing 3 players through suspension including playmaker Mark Jones along with Mike Thompson and on loan former Rhyl Star Marc Connolly who were both dismissed down in South Wales last weekend, Caton will call on the talents of John Irving , Sean Kelly and the experience of Ross Jeffries Mark Powell and Danny Williams whilst their attack is full of potential in Chris Mason, Mike Hayes and Josh MacCauley.
Supporters are reminded that a collection is taking place prior to and during the game towards helping out Andy Moran through his current injury and lay off from Football and Work alike - Please give generously.
Harrison is likely to choose from the following player:
1. Kristian Rogers 2. Ryan Edwards 3. Gio Feliceillo 4. Mark Allen 5. Gavin Cadwallader 6. John Leah 7. Rich Dorman 8. Danny Desormeaux 9. Ian Sheridan 10. Tom McCready 11. Eddie Hope 12. Matty Woodward 13. Leon Clowes 14. Nick Rushton 15. James Davies 16. Paul McManus 17. Rhys Nash 18. Andy Thomas
Picture: Injured Andy Moran scores earlier this Season against Wrexham (www.welsh-premier.com)