THE Wingmakers' director of football Andy Preece has dismissed his rivals' claims of big spending as 'mind games' and says his team are joint-top of the table on merit.
Unbeaten Airbus sit on the same points total and have a game in hand on reigning champions The New Saints, the Welsh Premier League's only full-time club and winners of six of the last nine championship titles.
But director of football Preece has been irritated by thinly veiled comments from opposing managers and fans about his budget – and says the 'unfair' snipes are a slight on a team 'playing out of their skins'.
"People make assumptions when they don't know," Preece told David Goodban of the Flintshire Chronicle.
"It seems that when anyone does well who's not expected to, it must mean they've got a huge budget. It's an easy thing for people to say but it's a cop-out.
"If we were halfway down the league, no-one would be saying anything. We do a lot of things right that don't cost anything, organisation and fitness for example. We've got a great camaraderie too - you can't buy that."
Most of the squad Preece and assistant Andy Morrison have assembled have come from the English non-league system, which Preece believes 'offers better value for money' than signing established Welsh Premier League players.
"My players are playing out of their skins so it's frustrating when they have to keep hearing these things.
"It's all mind games. We'll keep working as hard as we can on things that don't cost a penny."
The Wingmakers could make it six months without a competitive defeat when they host Prestatyn Town in Saturday's live TV game at the Airfield (kick-off 3.45pm).