BEING able to field his first choice back four for the first time since October 2014 was key to Welsh Cup victory over Bala Town, according to Airbus director of football Andy Preece.

Preece was able to select Lee Owens, Mike Pearson, Ian Kearney and Matty McGinn and, along with keeper James Coates, they kept a clean sheet as the Wingmakers reversed the 3-0 Welsh Premier League defeat at the hands of the Lakesiders three weeks ago.

"The big difference for us is that's the first time in 17 or 18 months that back four has been together which has been the cornerstone of the last few years for us.

"It's been a long time, the lads who've come in have done well but you can see the difference it makes, they'vr got that understanding and it's no coincidence we got a clean sheet.

"it's just been a difficult time for us but we've kept plugging away and getting results and getting ourselves into a position where we're still alive in every respect to get into Europe and that's what you need to be at the end of the season.

"If these lads can stay fit, we've got a lot of options and performances like that against a very good Bala team just shows what we can do when we're right on our day."

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