THE first of 10 crucial six-pointers in the battle to avoid relegation from the Welsh Premier League ended in defeat as Airbus lost 1-0 at Aberystwyth Town's Park Avenue.
And, on a bad day all round, relegation rivals Cefn Druids and Newtown both won away from home to leave the Wingmakers six points adrift at the foot of the table.
In a first half which produced little in the way of goalmouth action, the visitors missed a good early chance when Glenn Rule’s corner created a point blank opening for Steve Tomassson but he blasted his shot wide.
The Seasiders forged an opening on 20 minutes when debutants Dylan Rees and Dafydd Jones combined for the latter to volley just wide of the target. Another Aberystwyth new boy, Malcolm Melvin, sent a good ball over the Airbus defence but was inches away from a home boot while Obi Anoruo hit the side netting for the Wingmakers.
Minutes after the break, Aberystwyth had another let off when Anoruo created a gilt-edged chance for Liam O’Neill, who looked certain to score before failing to unleash a shot.
Airbus were forced to bring on Ryan Edwards for the injured Tom Matthews on 35 minutes and went into the break all square.
But the game turned inside the first five minutes of the second half when Luke Sherbon first sent a penalty against the crossbar, but made amends two minutes when turning in the box to fire past keeper Shaun Pearson.
John Owen teed-up Luke Borrelli for the Black & Greens, but his shot hit the side netting, before Tony Gray fired a shot over the target from outside the area. James Murphy aimed a long distance effort just past the post, while at the other end Owen went close with a long range effort and sub Chris Jones brought a save from Shaun Pearson with a late curling shot.
Below: Jamie Crowther clears the ball upfield.