Airbus UK Broughton Football Club

 The Wingmakers - Match Report 2009/10



Airbus UK 2-1 Haverfordwest (September 6 2009)  

After the pre-season hype, optimism and talk at the Airfield, followed by the baptism of fire presented to them by the big three in successive weeks, the pressure was on to serve up a performance to fit ambition. In majestic fashion Airbus produced it, The Bluebirds being no lightweights themselves, controlling the game from the start and recovering quickly when a mistake handed the Pembrokeshire side an equaliser to reassert themselves in the style of a useful side.

They wasted no time in getting going and Carl Owen to fire over five minutes in. Five minutes later Owen did well to beat his man, strolled into the area but made it too easy for Lee Idzi to save with his feet. The lithe striker had another golden chance to open things after a further five minutes, this time being played inside by Matty Cook but again shooting high. With chances coming every five minutes it was no surprise when the 'Bus next chance came on 25', this time Lloyd-Williams taking the ball off Jamie Grimes and trying an accurate little chip that failed to fool the quality Idzi.

The game clock finally clicked into chimes on 35', Idzi making a rare mistake in dropping a Cook cross under pressure from Owen who had the presence of mind to keep his head & stroke home. The two of them combined again just before the interval; from a Cooky corner, Carl dropped his header just over the far angle. Then right on 45', Mark Allen waltzed down the middle like a prince on parade to set up Jiws but Idzi was quick to spot the danger and blocked it out. The clockwork precision of the game collapsed just two minutes into the second half, Matty Woodward disastrously losing the ball trying to work it up the centre field; with the defence on the back foot, Robbie Walters took advantage by racing onto the subsequent pass and scored off the crossbar, the ball seemingly bouncing over the line and back out, the goal looking to be rightly given.

Then Terry Evans, after a long cross, with Airbus' defence in disarray, shot over from close in at the far post as all the good work of the first half suddenly seemed like it might be thrown away. Any jitters, however, were immediately swept aside. Carl Owen took a cross, clipped the ball to Jiws, who turned and shot - only one outcome and the 'Bus were ahead again. They got a little scare, though, just a few minutes later, as a dangerous low cross flew in, missed by the County forwards. Airbus, however, were back on top and Lloyd-Williams brought a terrific save out of Idzi, one-handed over the top, Matty Woodward heading the corner wide from in front of the goal.

Shortly after, Giovanni Feliciello sent a free kick to the far post from where Carl Owen's diving header flew wide. Gio had a go himself after that, Ashley Williams picking up a ball thirty yards out to tee up the full back to fizz one just over the bar from distance. The pressure finally told with twenty minutes to go. Danny Desormeaux bravely rode a challenge, the ball running to Marc Lloyd-Williams. He showed he's not just a selfish grabber by sending a perfect cross across the box to Cooky, gleefully lashing in on the half volley, just reward for all the effort he'd already put in on the afternoon.

Only two more incidents after that, with the game effectively in Airbus' pocket. Haverfordwest's Jarrod Price had a sudden far post header hit the woodwork and Gio had a fierce free kick heading for the top left corner, plucked out by Idzi.   Good luck to Ashley Williams & Ryan Edwards, on duty for Non-League Wales U23 in midweek. Thanks also to the lads for cheering the author up after his weekend bout of Piglet Flu.

Airbus Line up:
Kristian Rogers, Ryan Edwards (Jack Abraham 82'), Giovanni Feliciello, Matty Woodward, Rhys Roberts, Mark Allen, Ashley Williams, Danny Desormeaux, Carl Owen, Marc Lloyd-Williams, Matty Cook.

Subs not used: Gareth Sudlow, James McIntosh, Paul McManus.

Report by Dave Sargent


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