Airbus v Prestatyn

VICTORY for the Wingmakers at Prestatyn Town today would lift them to second place in the table, with the opportunity to consolidate that position at home to Afan Lido on Tuesday night.

But Prestatyn, who currently occupy the runners-up spot, will be keen to avenge their heaviest defeat of the season, a 5-0 drubbing at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium back in October.

Centre-back Phil Bolland is in line to make his debut after joining from Halifax Town this week, but the participation of another new arrival, Christian Smith, depends on whether his international clearance comes through in time.

Airbus boss Andy Preece will also welcome back Tom Field and Lee Owens from suspension.

The October result still rankles with Town player-manager Neil Gibson, whose team will seal second place ahead of the first phase split if they can ground the Wingmakers.

“Our lads still feel disappointment over that 5-0 defeat and they’ll believe they have a point to prove on Saturday,” said Gibson.

"The carrot of second place will also be dangled in front of the players as an added incentive to win. Of course it will be nice to be second after 22 games, and if the lads achieve it, it will be no more than they deserve, but I think things might change a lot over the last 10 games so whatever happens on Saturday no-one will be thinking the job is done."

Prestatyn have goalkeeper Jon Hill-Dunt back available following the head injury he suffered in last weekend’s enthralling 3-3 draw at Gap Connah's Quay.

But midfielder Gareth Wilson is still absent with a knee injury.

"Airbus are a very good side, Andy Preece has assembled a very strong squad,” added the Prestatyn player-boss.

"If they’d played against Afan Lido on Tuesday and won (the match was postponed) they would be second ahead of us on goal difference, so we know the task that awaits us."

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