Airbus v Port Talbot

ANDY Preece admits that his Wingmakers could have been handed an easier Welsh Cup third round tie than a home visit from Port Talbot Town.

And he knows his side will have to be at their best if they are going to progress further in the competition despite beating the Steelmen 5-0 at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium just two weeks ago.

"It is not easy, I would prefer to be playing someone from a league below but at least we know what we are coming up against," Preece says.

"It is a tough draw for us - we couldn't have got a much tougher draw - but at least we are at home and we have got a good home record.

"We have played them twice this season and we won 5-0 a couple of weeks ago, so that gives a bit more edge to the game.

"You are going to have to beat Welsh Premier teams if you are going to progress."

Scott Young is now in charge of the visitors after Mark Jones was sacked following the Airbus defeat and Preece added: "They've got a new manager and won last week so they will be full of confidence, but so are we and I am expecting another good game.

"There aren't loads of league fixtures so you can concentrate on the cups as well.

"There is a European place at the end of it, so we will give it our best shot and hopefully we can keep the form we have shown this season."

The visitors are weakened by the absence through suspension of David Brooks, Daniel Thomas and Carl Payne.

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