DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece says his Airbus UK Broughton squad will be 'champing at the bit' when they host Prestatyn Town in Saturday’s live TV clash at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium (kick-off 3.45pm).
Preece says his players were 'gutted' after last Friday night's home fixture against Rhyl was postponed a few hours before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch, but he believes an enforced break is no bad thing for the unbeaten Wingmakers.
"We had two really tough games in four days against Bangor and TNS which took a lot out of the players, so I think it could help us," Preece told the Flintshire Chronicle.
"Now the lads have had a free weekend it should freshen them up a bit. It also gives us the chance to sort out any knocks or niggles. They were gutted it was off but they’ll be champing at the bit come Saturday."
Airbus will be looking for a sixth consecutive win against the fifth-placed Seasiders, the most recent of which came in a 3-2 success at Bastion Gardens last month.
The Wingmakers also recorded 5-0, 6-1, 4-0 and 4-1 wins over Prestatyn last season, but Preece is aware of the dangers they will pose - especially in two of the league’s top scorers, Lee Hunt and Andy Parkinson.
"They’re a good side and they’ve strengthened their squad this season. They’ve got some real quality, there’s no doubt about it.
"Look at their strikers - every team in the league would want them in their squad.
"They’ve also added some experience at the back with Tommy Holmes and Sean Hessey, so they’re a very strong outfit and they’ve shown before they can go on long winning streaks."
Lee Owens, who is suspended, misses out and is set to miss several more games after picking-up a knee injury against Aberystwyth.
Prestatyn will be without player-manager Neil Gibson, defender Dave Hayes and midfielder Mike Parker who are all suspended.