A VERY strong wind was expected to be the main factor in determining the outcome of this contest but, in the end, it was some controversial decisions that ensured Aberystwyth Town left The Airfield with a share of the spoils.

 
Airbus UK
1
Aberystwyth Town
1
Attendance
266
Report by Andrew Lincoln

The Wingmakers felt that two of their goal attempts crossed the line in the second half but were not given by referee Kevin Parry, who also ignored claims for a penalty when Chris Budrys appeared to be bundled over when through on goal.

Playing with the wind at their backs, Airbus went close in the opening minutes through Matty McGinn, who twice curled shots just wide of the far post from the left edge of the box.

A rare foray into the home half ended with an Aberystwyth free-kick which came to nothing before Airbus took the lead in the 21st-minute.

Ellis Healing's shot from a Glenn Rule cross was cleared off the line but Andy Jones was on hand to turn the ball home from close range.

Jay Owen was just wide with another attempt moments later but, against the run of play, Mark Jones won the ball down the left and surged forward before unleashing a fine shot into the far corner past keeper James Coates to level five minutes before the break.

Geoff Kellaway sent a free-kick narrowly over the bar for the visitors in first-half stoppage time but, despite facing the elements after the break, Airbus were soon on the front foot.

Lee Owens did well to get down the byline but Chris Budrys back-heeled his shot straight at keeper Mike Lewis.

At the other end, Steffan Williams created an opening for Craig Williams, who fired his shot across goal and wide of the back post.

The Wingmakers' first claim for another goal came in a scramble on the goal line before a surging Jay Owen run ended with him firing over after receiving the ball back from Owens.

Budrys then got through on goal but, as he attempted to pull the trigger from four yards out went down under a challenge from behind by Ryan Batley.

Neither referee Parry nor his assistant moved a muscle and were equally unsympathetic minutes later when McGinn's corner appeared to sail over the line at the far post before being clawed away by Lewis.

The Seasiders' keeper almost gifted a goal with an air shot from an attempted clearance but the ball trickled wide of the target and he punched clear another McGinn flag kick in the last action of the game as disgruntled Airbus were forced to settle for a point.

"When it's out of your hands there's nothing you can do," said an unhappy director of football Andy Preece.

"We totally dominated the game, it was the same when we played down there.

"I think everyone saw the Budrys penalty down there which was an absolute cast-iron, certain, 100 percent penalty - everybody agreed with that and then we've seen it again tonight.

"I don't know why that's happening but it's happening far too often.

"It's difficult to talk after a game when so many things like this happen, it's hard to take when you're so dominant."

Photos (top) Airbus claim a goal after Lewis clawed away McGinn's corner and (below) Chris Budrys goes down under a Ryan Batley challenge.

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