DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece says his players deserve a medal for finishing runners-up in the Welsh Premier League.

And he is to contact the FAW to ask about rewarding the team that clinches second place with some silverware.

"People forget about what we've done, which is frustrating," Preece told the Leader.

"You finish runners-up in the league and you get no recognition for it.

"The lads didn't even get any runners-up medals last year and I will speak to the league about it.

"If you finish runners-up in your league, surely you deserve some memento for it, but hopefully that will change this year."

Goals from Ryan Wade and Chris Budrys ensured that Airbus will represent Wales in Europe for the second season running after moving on to a club record 57 points.

But, while Preece has labelled his team's season as "ridiculous", he has vowed to carry on the fight to push TNS all the way for the title.

We've made progress, how can we be so many points clear of third? It's ridiculous.

"We've made progress, how can we be so many points clear of third? It's ridiculous", he added.

"I just can't believe how well we've done, we've only lost three games all season.

"It's amazing what we've done, I thought we were brilliant last season in what we achieved and I don't think we got recognised for that.

"Maybe we will get recognised this year. We've managed a new points record for the club, we are still in the title hunt and to be so close to TNS at this stage is unbelievable.

"We are making it interesting because I do think TNS will drop points, we've got to keep going and keep pushing them again."

On the title race, which sees Airbus three points behind TNS, who have a game in hand, Preece says: "It is amazing how well the lads have done and if we can finish off the season by winning all our games, and we don't win the league, then credit to TNS because they will deserve to win it."

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