AIRBUS chief Andy Preece hailed his side's performance which ended Carmarthen Town's unbeaten home record on Saturday.

The Wingmakers won 1-0 thanks to a second-minute Paul Fowler own goal and Preece said: "The fight and the heart of the lads was outstanding. 

With several players missing because of suspension, injuries or work commitments, Preece could only name three youngsters on the bench alongside goalkeeping coach Chris Doran.

"We had 11 fit lads who were available for us," he said.

"Ryan (Wade) rolled his ankle and strapped it up and Lewis (Short) is struggling with his groin so we thought they might not make it.

"Aaron Hassell has come on and worked his socks off. He is only 16 and he was immense for us."

S4/C's man of the match Tom Field, who delivered the free-kick which Fowler headed into his own net, dedicated his performance to his ill granddad and insisted he owed the display to Preece.

"The last three games we haven't been at the races," he reflected. 

"We had a big, big job on our hands against Carmarthen and the lads have proved we can dig in and have a battle as well.

"I haven't been the best in the past couple of games so I owed the gaffer one. 

"I've got a lot on my mind at the moment and I want to dedicate that to my granddad who is sick at the moment."

There was some immense performances all round the pitch with Wade having one of his best games in an Airbus shirt and the back four staying solid throughout the game, restricting the hosts to only one good chance which was superbly saved by keeper James Coates.

The war of words in the build-up to the game continued at the final whistle with a member of the Carmarthen staff directing a football towards Airbus assistant Andy Morrison.

But Preece dismissed it as 'banter'.

"Sometimes you get what you wish for. Mark says they've got no chance of finishing second and they are going to lose to us and TNS twice and that's what has happened.

"There is not an ounce of disappointment in my body. 

"Prior to the season I had us down to lose all four games to Airbus as well as all four to The New Saints. 

"What I did not have in mind was the fact that we would totally dominate a team which was in second position in the Welsh Premier League. 

"That can only auger well for Carmarthen for the future. If we have performances like that between now and the end of the season then we will certainly win far more matches than we will lose."

Below: Luke Cummings gets away from Mike Roddy as Mark Aizlewood looks on [Photos courtesy Carmarthen Town FC].

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