ANDY Preece felt his Wingmakers were out of luck as they lost 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa League to FK Haugesund.

After a 1-1 draw at Bangor a week earlier, Airbus again more than matched their Norwegian hosts in the second leg of their first qualifying round tie before being edged out in the Haugesund Stadion.

"We pushed them all the way and with a bit of luck we could have got through," said Preece.

"Andy Jones headed against the post at the end and if that goes in, then we’re through on away goals and we’ve pulled off one of the biggest European shocks by a Welsh Premier club.

"They are a top Norwegian team with a £6m budget, so when you are playing a team of that quality you need a little bit of fortune.

"But one or two things didn’t go our way, we should have had a blatant penalty in the second half while Jordan Barrow’s sending-off was a poor decision as their lad ran into him.

"But even with 10 men we had chances, we pushed them all the way and had them rattled. They were kicking the ball out anywhere at the end.

"We were magnificent, the players did the club and the league proud, but it was not to be in the end.

"We were disappointed after coming so close, but we showed we’re getting closer and closer to other European sides and we showed just how far we’ve come as a club.

"I’m proud of everyone, but it’s not enough just experiencing European football, we now need to progress in these competitions and get through a round or two."

The night before, Airbus had been involved in a “spying” row as their practice session at the Haugesund Stadion was thought to have been watched by a couple of opposing players.

Pictures then appeared on a Haugesund website of their training session much to the dismay of the Wingmakers who have since complained about the issue.

It tarnished the trip and Preece was unhappy at the home club’s tactics that disrupted his preparations and contravened UEFA guidelines.

"The training should have been behind closed doors and what they did was against UEFA rules," he said.

"Two of their players were watching us in full view for the whole session, and it was not right as we trying to work on set pieces and prepare for the game.

"It’s not something that should happen."

Photos (above): Skipper Ian Kearney celebrates with goal scorer Mike Pearson and (below) Andy Jones leads the charge from an Airbus corner.

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