Airbus UK Broughton Football Club

 The Wingmakers - Match Report 2009/10



Carmarthen Town 0-1 Airbus UK Broughton (February 27 2010)

For once the luck ran for Airbus, now Chester's premier club. A goal a minute from time for sub Josh Johnson, charging down a Neil Thomas kick to tap in, won three valuable points in the battle for control of the cut off places for next year's Super Twelve. Not that the win wasn't earned or justified as a well-drilled performance squeezed a warranted reward out of a tough trip to a side unbeaten in their last eight games and who weren't going to give in easily.
The 'Bus didn't let the Old Gold settle and after twenty minutes had asserted themselves and looking for the opener, Carmarthen relying on winning free kicks for their chances and not looking dangerous, although The Wingmen were persisting in their habit of losing the ball in good position. As the pressure mounted, Giovanni Feliciello swung over a perfect cross for James McIntosh with a free header in front of goal, agonisingly unable to turn it in. A quarter of an hour later Carl Owen found himself with the ball at his feet with space in the area and bearing down on Thomas' goal, taking too long to shoot, the keeper saved with a desperate kick away. At half time it was nil-nil and at least point was in the bag so long as the effort was maintained.
The second half saw Macca soon through but he lacked the pace to throw off his marker and got robbed for a corner when he  should probably  have shot on first sight. As the half wore on it was only Airbus doing anything, Carmarthen bereft of ideas. Suddenly, however, as it seemed unfathomable how The Wingmen weren't winning, the home side put on a last ditch burst of energy and put all their effort into grabbing a winner. Airbus sat back and weathered the storm, eventually taking the sting out of Town and turning up their own offensive. Carmarthen had no more energy and little by little the pressure told. With ten minutes remaining a Gio free kick lofted far onto Mark Allen's head and an acrobatic header back across goal looked in from the narrowest of angles, as the shouts went up, Thomas somehow got himself poised to rise up beyond his stature to tip the ball over for what should have been an heroic match-saving save. His day was cruelly ruined, however, with just a minute left with his reckless clearance. Josh had stormed in on the off chance of disaster and profited magnificently for his endeavour, not without causing the 'Bus hearts to murmur, though, as he took half a day to decide where the goal was, have several looks and finally slot home as Thomas watched in impatient amazement. 'I just wanted to make sure' he said afterwards, the most anyone's heard him say all season.
There was a mad moment up the other end as time ran out & Carmarthen drew on empty reserves to belt the ball around the Airbus area but it was finally hammered over and the day was won. Josh Johnson has never been so popular, as everybody wanted to love him. He just smiled.

Airbus UK Broughton

K Rogers, R Edwards, R Roberts (J Johnson 82'), M Woodward, M Allen, J Abraham (T Rowlands 60'), A Williams, D Desormeaux, C Owen (M L Williams 65'), J McIntosh, G Feliciano.


Attendance: 273

Report by Dave Sargent


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