AIRBUS defeated visitors Nantwich Town 6-4 as it rained goals at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

It certainly wasn't a day when defences dominated as the strikers enjoyed a field day and the Dabbers gave an indication of what was to follow as early as the fifth minute when a snap shot from Carlos Meakin from the edge of the box flew into the far corner.

The Wingmakers were back on level terms five minutes later when centre-back Earl Davies handled and Chris Simm despatched the resulting penalty.

Simm went close with a six-yarder and saw another effort saved after drifting through the Town defence, but the hosts took the lead on 19 minutes when Steve Jones did well to control a ball over the top and held off his marker before firing home.

Aaron Burns hammered a shot against the home crossbar straight from the restart and then seized on a stray pass only to send his shot just wide of the far post.

The former Connah's Quay striker then forced keeper James Coates into a full-stretch save, but Airbus added to their tally before the break.

Lee Owens crossed from the right and Ian Kearney headed goalwards for Simm to get the final touch on the line.

A sloppy attempt at clearing out of defence cost Airbus a goal five minutes after half-time when Mike Pearson brought down Max Harrop and Burns converted the penalty.

But the two-goal cushion was quickly restored when Jones glanced a superb 12-yard header into the far corner from Nicky Ward's corner.

Keeper James Coates did well to save from Tom Moore at point blank range, but the Nantwich sub netted from the rebound to make it 4-3.

Back came Airbus again and sub Zy Edwards picked-out Jones who provided an opening for Simm to net his hat-trick from close range at the back stick.

Edwards capped a cameo performance with a close-range tap-in after good work down the left by a trialist, but the Dabbers had the last word when Peter Wright curled a superb shot into the top corner.

Both sides will be heartened by their goal scoring exploits but left to reflect on defensive frailties which need to be addressed before the campaign starts in earnest.

Below: Steve Jones brings the ball under control before scoring his first goal of the afternoon.

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