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 The Wingmakers - February 2010 news



February 27
Airbus land a late winner

Airbus left it late to claim all 3 points when it looked like ending in a goalless draw, but Josh Johnson scored the winner for the Wingmakers on 89' having only been on the field for 7'. His goal was enough to give clear day between our selves and Carmarthen, other good news was Haverfordwest also lost, they went down 2-1 at home to Newtown, who also scored their winner in the 89'

Airbus line up:

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.

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February 24
TNS match preview

Tonight we take on TNS for the 6th time in league contest at home, for the first 3 encounters we ended up pointless losing 6-0, 5-0 and 1-0. but for the last 2 season's we have come out on top over the Oswestry full timers, winning 2-0 and last season 1-0. One interesting thing is that on all 5 occasions the losing team has failed to score a single goal.

As usual when most teams face TNS they are the underdogs, and so we go into tonight's game as underdogs again for the 6th home game against them, even though the Wingmakers have won on the previous 2 meetings, it must be said that this is the strongest team/squad that has yet faced the visitors, but the game comes when we are going through a poor run of results with 7 points from the last 8 games, which has seen us win only once with 4 draws and 3 defeats.

With our last home game against Prestatyn postponed, it gave Carmarthen the chance to knock us out of the safe top 10 places, and they did that but only narrowly beating basement side Caersws 1-0 but it was enough to move them into 10th and Airbus into 11th and Haverfordwest lie just 2 points below us in 12th. Although an 11th place finish will guarantee welsh premier soccer next season as no team from the welsh league will be promoted next season, we were looking good for a finish a lot higher than that at the start of December, and need to get back to accumulating the points prior to then, but with our next 2 games against TNS and Carmarthen we will need to be at our best to add to our total of 29 points.

Jack Abraham misses out on tonight's game as he serves out his one match suspension.

February 21
Updates from the Airfield from the Chairman

Things continue to progress well. Stand is on track with steel frame now up. Floodlights scheduled for overhaul 12 March. Planning in place for Ladies International, and we now await confirmation of Loosemores Cup Final revised date.

February 17
FAW look to delay league cup final until May

The FAW have approached Airbus UK Broughton to look for a delay in the proposed Loosemores cup final to be played at the Airfield.

The final had been due to be played over the Easter period on the 4th of April between Rhyl and TNS, but the FAW want to delay the final and have it played on Sunday May 9th. The cups sponsors are unable to attend over the Easter period.

Also on the fixtures front the Wingmakers v TNS has been put back 24 hours, and will now be played on Wednesday 24th February with a 7:30 kick off.

The Druids game has also been put 24 hours to Wednesday March 10th with a usual 7:30 kick off.

February 15
Ashley Williams selected for Wales v Portugal

Wales Semi Professional Manager Terry Boyle has named two new faces in his International Challenge Trophy squad for the away fixture in Portugal next month. TNS striker Alex Darlington is rewarded for a fine run of form in the Principality Welsh Premier and former TNS academy product Rob Williams also links up with the squad, having impressed with Conference club Altrincham this year. The 6'??5 defender was released by the Saints at the end of last season, after limited opportunities at Park Hall, which included two loan spells at Caersws and Newtown.

Lee Surman returns to the squad after injury kept him out of November's international and Bangor'??s Michael Johnston and Dorchester'??s Kyle Critchell also return to the fold. Barrow'??s Michael Pearson, who was also named in the original squad for the last match, will again have the chance to make his debut, after he was a late withdrawal last time out. Airbus full-back Ryan Edwards and Neath defender Sean Cronin both miss out through suspension. There are fourteen players from the League in the 18-man squad.

Wales led 2-0 in their opening group fixture against Northern Ireland last November in Portadown, but drew the game 2-2. This second group fixture will be played in the Municipal Stadium of Fatima, on Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 3:00pm

Wales squad to face Portugal in the International Challenge Trophy

Goalkeepers: Lee Idzi (Haverfordwest County); Stephen Cann (Aberystwyth Town)

Defenders: Lee Surman (Port Talbot Town), Michael Johnston (Bangor City), Kyle Critchell (Dorchester United), Rob Williams (Altricham FC), Curtis McDonald (Forest Green Rovers), Michael Pearson (Barrow FC)

Midfielders: Scott Barrow (Port Talbot Town), Craig Jones (The New Saints FC), Aeron Edwards (The New Saints FC), Drew Fahiya (Port Talbot Town), Luke Sherbon (Aberystwyth Town), Ashley Williams (Airbus UK Broughton FC)

Strikers: Jack Christopher (Haverfordwest County), Craig Moses (Llanelli AFC), Alex Darlington (The New Saints FC), Jamie Reed (Bangor City)

Stand-By: Craig Williams (Newtown AFC), Ryan Batley (Llanelli AFC), Lee Bevan (Haverfordwest County), Craig Jones (Llanelli AFC), Sion Edwards (Bangor City), Jordan Follows (Llanelli AFC)

February 13
Rhyl FC miss key trio for Newtown test

RHYL will have three key players suspended for tomorrow’s home Welsh Premier League encounter with Newtown (2.30pm).

Phil Doran starts a three-match ban following his dismissal in last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Bangor City, Chris Williams completes a three-game suspension and top scorer Mark Connolly misses one fixture after accumulating five cautions.

“It will stretch the squad a bit but give others a chance to show what they can do,” said player-manager Greg Strong.

“The positive thing is Chris will be fresh when he comes back and can provide us with some of the quality we’ve been missing.”

Rhyl hope to welcome back Martyn Naylor, who missed the Bangor game for personal reasons, and Tyrone Kirk, who withdrew through illness on the day of the match.

Strong is challenging his players to bounce back from the loss at Farrar Road.

“It’s never nice to lose to anyone and in a local derby it’s not nice at all, but looking back nine of the 14 or 15 players in the squad were aged 20 and younger,” he said.

”It’s a big ask to expect them to go out and win a game like that against a good side, but I still believe there’s a lot of quality in the squad, it’s just a case of getting the new players bedded in as quickly as we can.”

And the Lilies boss insists spirits remain high in the Belle Vue camp despite recent squad losses caused by the club’s financial difficulties.

Dave Jones

February 13
Confident Bangor City FC ready for The New Saints

BANGOR City will be full of confidence when they visit The New Saints tomorrow (2.30pm) in arguably their toughest test of the season.

Title-challenging Saints are unbeaten on their artificial pitch at Park Hall this term, having won 10 out of 12 league matches there with 35 goals scored and just three conceded.

City have also failed to beat Andy Cale’s side in their last nine league meetings, eight of which have been won by the Oswestry-based outfit.

But after making it six wins in seven league outings last Sunday with a 3-1 triumph over Rhyl at Farrar Road, Powell insists his men need fear no-one.

“We’re full of confidence,” he said. “It will be a difficult game as TNS have such a good record on their plastic pitch.

“The stats show just what a big advantage that pitch is to them, but we’re playing well and we’re hopeful of causing an upset.

“The lads enjoy testing themselves on that pitch once a season and we’ll be giving it a good go.”

Bangor are currently in ninth spot, but just six points off third place.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” stressed Powell.

“After this weekend we’ll have got Llanelli, Rhyl and TNS out of the way and then there’ll be games where we’ll be confident of picking up some points.

“It’s very tight now between ninth and third place and anyone putting together three or four wins will be right in the thick of it.”

Dave Jones

February 13
Llanelli boss Legg’s good news on and off the pitch

LIFE is just about as good as it gets at the moment for Llanelli player-manager Andy Legg.

Llanelli have won eight on the trot and enjoy a four-point lead over The New Saints going into tomorrow’s Welsh Premier visit from lowly Porthmadog.

But that pales into insignificance following a visit to his cancer specialist in midweek.

“It’s been a good week for me personally as my consultant has informed me I am out of remission,” said Legg. “I don’t need another check up until five years down the line. They’ll still keep an eye on me, but it completed a great week after we won back-to-back matches at Newtown and Airbus.”

A win against Tomi Morgan’s strugglers would ice the cake for Legg. But he recalls two years ago when Porthmadog were one of only three clubs to lower the Reds colours as they stormed to the championship.

“We’ll treat Porthmadog with the respect they deserve. I well remember that defeat and we don’t want a repeat,” he said.

Main challengers Saints, unbeaten in 22 matches at Park Hall, face a test against Bangor , who have won six of their last seven.

Bangor have not beaten the Saints in nine matches, but boss Neville Powell said: “We’ll go there with confidence. Of course, it will be difficult, but the way we’re playing, who knows?”


February 13
Port Talbot come unstuck at Park Avenue

Aberystwyth climbed back into the top three with a 2-1 win at home to Port Talbot last night.

Teenager Ryan Fraughan scored the opener after 20 minutes before Luke Bowen doubled the lead.

Liam McCreesh pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Bala moved up to fifth with a 2-1 win against Cefn Druids. A goal seven minutes from time by substitute Neil Fisher decided the outcome, after Ricky Evans had put Bala ahead with John Rush levelling for Druids.

Welshpool and Airbus UK fought out a goalless draw.


February 10
Stadium Boost for Elements Cefn Druids

Elements Cefn Druids have received some excellent news with confirmation that the application to turn The Rock, Rhosymedre, into a village green has now been withdrawn.

This paves the way for their move away from Plaskynaston and into a new stadium on the new site, which will provide the Ancients with an opportunity for Welsh Premier League football in the future.

A small group of protestors had lodged the application after planning permission had been granted for a portion of the land to be used for a new stadium for Elements Cefn Druids while the club's existing Plaskynaston home would be developed into a Tesco Express or Metro store.

Frustratingly for the Board Members of the Druids who have worked tirelessly on the project, by their own admission the protestors' move was made against Tesco and had nothing to do with Druids moving on to the land. Given the importance of timing with domestic club licensing being an essential requirement for Welsh Premier League participation in 2010/11, this had left the Druids in an unenviable predicament.

The club's website reports that now that the application has been withdrawn, it is hoped that work on the new stadium will start in the coming weeks. Elements Cefn Druids AFC had no further comment to make at present, but further announcements will be made via this website in due course.

February 10
Next season's away game against TNS could come closer to home

The New Saints have applied to play at Blue Square Premier strugglers Chester City's Deva Stadium next season.

It follows the refusal by Welsh Grounds Improvement to grant aid for further development of their Park Hall ground.

TNS had asked for funding towards a new 1,000-seater stand and other upgrades needed to play in next season's slimmed down 12-club Welsh Premier League.

"We are exploring all options, of which Chester is one," managing director Mike Harris told the Saints website.

Harris expressed his "disappointment and frustration" at being turned down for the grant aid that would help Park Hall meet the licensing criteria for the new league, describing the refusal as "short-sighted".

The matter will be considered by the Football Association of Wales, but the geography of the situation makes it more complicated.

The club's Park Hall stadium at Oswestry is in England, but has been recognised by Fifa as Welsh in footballing terms because of the old Oswestry Town club's prominent role in setting up football in Wales in the 19th century.

Chester's Deva Stadium actually straddles the England-Wales border, but the club falls under the administration of the English FA.

The matter is potentially more complicated even more by Chester City's current financial struggles.


February 9
Llanelli match summary

It was billed as he battle of the hot shots, and tonight one of them was on the score sheet, unfortunately for Airbus it was Rhys Griffiths who scored the games only goal.
The first half ended without a goal, but within 3' of the restart Griffiths struck his 18th goal of the season.
Airbus were unable to get on the score sheet tonight and we suffer our 3rd home defeat of the season.
It was Griffiths 8 league goal at the Airfield and the 4th season in a row he has scored at the Airfield.
Only 2 points separate us and Carmarthen but Carmarthen have a game in hand. Llanelli move 4 points clear of TNS.
In tonight's other game, Neath's poor recent form continued as they lost 1-0 at Newtown, Newtown move up to 13th.

Airbus UK Broughton

Kristian Rogers, Jack Rowlands (Matty Woodward 76'), Giovanni Feliciello, Gareth Sudlow, Mark Allen, Jack Abrahams, Ashley Williams, James McIntosh, Carl Owen, Marc Lloyd-Williams (Garry McConnell 82'), Josh Johnson (Ryan Edwards 67')

Subs not used: George Cowell, Niall Challinor

Yellow Cards: McIntosh 21' Abrahams 35'

Attendance: 240

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February 9
And people say the super 10 won't increase attendances?

And people say the super 10 won't increase attendances, there already up by 38% even before the super 10 comes in.

How you might say, well I looked around for some reference to how the super 10 teams attendance differs from their attendances with the other 8 teams, (but as no other website has bothered to work out the stats, I out of curiosity decided to be the first to see how they compare for myself) and taking the top 10 teams as they are now in the league averaging their attendances against each other in the top 10, and from the 18 teams league with an average of 288, the top 10 teams average amongst themselves is up to 398, and every team bar Aberystwyth has an increased attendance (Though Aber's is only down 0.2%. Neath and Bala are the biggest gainers with 135.3% and 136.9 % increase respectively. Rhyl has the highest with 638, and Airbus the lowest with 233 (though that figure is up almost 30% on last season's average).

Interesting facts with over half the season played and not so pessimistic as some were anticipating if you take away the bottom 8 teams from the equation. I didn't bother doing a super 12 as that will only last for one season. Wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't raise some interest, maybe some media websites might get on the bandwagon on this topic for a bit of discussion.

1st  is top 10 only in the 18 team Lge, then top 10 on their own 18 teams Super 10  +/- %
1 ABE /////   512     253 270   358   349 348 99.8
2 AIR 146 ///// 201           351   189 233 123.1
3 BAL     ///// 938   212   151 809   390 528 135.3
4 BAN 603   354 ///// 502 411 588 678 882 483 545 563 103.2
5 LLA 303 281 424 341 /////   270     351 307 328 106.9
6 NEA   176     511 /////     352   253 346 136.9
7 PRS 223 359 276       /////   762 173 281 359 127.6
8 PTT 325 157   156 452 685 216 ///// 226 263 287 310 108.0
9 RHY   284   1074 589   828 414 /////   503 638 126.8
10 TNS 311 231 437     277 333 216 503 ///// 324 330 101.8
Overall Stats                   343 398 116.2
Average attendance for the whole 18 team league as is. 288    
Average attendance for the top 10 without the other 8 counted 343    
Average attendance for the top 10 teams amongst themselves 398    
Overall increase from 18 team to top 10 +138%    
February 9
Llanelli match preview

Tonight's game against Llanelli is probably our toughest home game so far this season, against the team with the best away record in the league.
Llanelli are on a 7 game winning streak since their 2-0 home defeat by TNS. They are also unbeaten in their last 5 away games. Their away form has seen then win 6 of their 9 games with 2 draws and just 1 defeat which came against Neath going down 2-1.

This game is very important for both teams, for the Wingmakers to consolidate our place in the top 10 and for Llanelli it is their game in hand over 2nd places TNS and a win for them will put them 4 points clear of TNS, also a win for Airbus will give us a 5 point cushion over next placed team Carmarthen.

The game throws up 2 of the most prolific goal scorers in the welsh premier, with Jiws topping the list  with 315 goals giving him a goals to games ratio of a goal in every 1.3 games, and Rhys Griffiths ratio at 1.3 as well so they are evenly matched in finding the back of the net. Griffiths just requires 3 more goals to move into 2nd overall in the scorers chart to pass Chris Summers who has 177.

Llanelli are the league top scorers so far with 49, and Airbus are on 33. Defensively Llanelli have the 3rd meanest defence with 16 goals against and Airbus have the 4th with 20.

Our league position could be
a bit higher it we had turned domination into points against Hwest and Rhyl and a within a point of 5th in the table if we beat Llanelli, but that wasn't to be, and a win tonight is anyone's guess, but it would throw us right in the mix of catching teams from Aber in 5th to Bangor in 9th.
February 8
League cup final comes to the Airfield

At a meeting last week the Welsh Premier League Board of Directors decided that the Loosemores Cup Final should be played at Airbus UK Broughton on Easter Sunday 4th April 2010, KO 2.30pm. There are advantages to doing this as the competing clubs are due to play each other in the League on that weekend and Airbus are away on the Saturday. However it will effect the fixtures provisionally rearranged for Easter Monday as follows:

Carmarthen Town v Rhyl

Technogroup Welshpool v The New Saints

These will require further rearrangement.

This decision was taken reluctantly as the favoured option would be the May Day Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May. However, The Welsh Cup Final is on the previous day and both The New Saints and Rhyl are still in that Competition. The only other alternative is to play the Loosemores Final the following weekend 8th or 9th May, which would have financial implications for the competing clubs.

John Deakin

February 8
Craig Harrison hails Airbus UK Broughton win over Aberystwyth

CRAIG HARRISON was delighted to see good form finally bring its reward as two second-half goals earned his Airbus side maximum spoils.

The Airmen had only taken a single point from their previous two matches despite outplaying both Rhyl and Haverfordwest, but it was a different story at The Airfield on Saturday.

“We got our just desserts at last,” said Harrison. “The confidence and belief was in the minds of the players that if they kept playing well they’d get a win.

“We bossed the game throughout and Aberystwyth hardly had a chance of note, although they did threaten a little from set pieces.”

Defender Jamie Smith enjoyed a promising debut for the Wingmakers, which pleased Harrison.

“He brings a confidence and calmness to the side,” added the boss. “He did nothing particularly spectacular today, but did everything well.”

Daily Post

February 6
Wingmakers hit the big five 0

Airbus finally set both records, 50th win and 1st home win over Aberystwyth when the Wingmakers scored 2 2nd half goals.

Carl Owen opened the score in the 57' and  Jiws made the game safe  on 78' to record our 1st win in 6 games, it was also our first league double of the season.

Midfielder Jamie Smith made his Wingmakers debut.

Today's win cements our 10th place as nearest rival's Carmarthen were held to a 1-1 at home Welshpool, and Harry West were beaten last night at Port Talbot.

Airbus UK Broughton

Kristian Rogers, Ryan Edwards, Giovanni Feliciello, Matty Woodward, Mark Allen, Jamie Smith, Ashley Williams, Danny Desormeaux, Carl Owen, Mark Lloyd-Williams (Josh Johnson 82'), Jack Abraham (James McIntosh 82')


Subs not used: Gareth Sudlow, George Cowell

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: Woodward 35' Williams 68'

Attendance: 146

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February 6
Wingmakers update from Chairman Paul.

Chairman Paul McKinlay was in contact with me today and gave me an update of things at the club.

He said "Things are progressing well. We are delighted to be hosting the Ladies W Cup qualifier, and are also hopeful that we will be chosen to host Loosemores Cup Final.

The foundations for stand are virtually complete, and we are hopeful (weather permitting) to be able to start erecting steelwork later next week. We are still on track to complete mid March. Despite the atrocious weather, the pitch is in great condition - groundsmen Steve and Craig have done a great job- and all the work we put in at the end of last season has really paid off.

It is also great to see some old faces back at the club - Smudge is a great signing, and will really add a winning mentality, and it is also great to have Chris and Rollo back at the club. Chris has already been at the academy coaching the young goalkeepers, and the lads really appreciate it.

February 6
Aberystwyth match preview.

Today's game against Aberystwyth see's the Wingmakers looking to break another duck. In the 5 previous meetings against Aber we have failed to beat them at home, with 2 draws and 3 losses.

Not only will we break the home Aber hoodoo with a win today, but we will at last reach the 50th league win for the club in the welsh premier.

Last season Aber won 2-1, but we had a good 3-0 away win against them September, but they have shot up the table since the appointment of Christian Edwards as caretaker boss and the appointment of Alan Morgan as their new manager, they currently lie in 5th place, but a win against Airbus today will see them rise to 3rd.

Aber do have the luxury of having the best away record in the league with 6 wins from their 9 games, with 1 draw and 2 defeats, their best win saw them beat Port Talbot 2-1 inflicting Port Talbot's only home defeat of the season.

A win will maintain our place in 10th in the table with Carmarthen level on points with Airbus, having hauled back the 6 point advantage we had over them.

Hopefully today we can turn dominance of recent games against Hwest and Rhyl into a victory.

February 4
Harrison aims high as Airbus face tough double header.

THE Wingmakers face a crucial home double-header against two of the Welsh Premier League’s strongest sides in the space of four days.

Airbus’ midweek trip to Bangor was postponed for a second time this season, due to a waterlogged pitch, and now manager Craig Harrison is preparing his players for a crunch week.

Fourth-placed Aberystwyth travel to the Airfield on Saturday (2.30pm) and second-placed Llanelli, who are just two points off leaders The New Saints, are due in Flintshire on Tuesday (7.30pm).

“The next week is a really important one for us and we’ve got to look at taking six points, and at the very bottom line, four,” said a confident Harrison.

“We’ve got respect for all the teams, but after playing everybody apart from Bangor, I don’t fear anybody at all. I’ve got respect for them and know that they are good teams. We know we’re going to have to be at the top of our game, and they’ll have to be a little bit off theirs.”

The former Middlesbrough man added: “Who would have thought that two or three years ago we could go to places like Haverfordwest and Rhyl and play them off the park.

“Speaking to the lads who have been here for a few years, we used to go to these places and try and keep a respectable score.

“We’ve been going to these places this season and although we’ve not got the results we deserve, it’s another step to take up the ladder. We’ve already made a huge step by competing with these teams and now the next step is going there next year and beating them.”

“We’ve got six or seven players who just need another 10 or 15% of learning and we’ve got a really, really good squad here.”

David Bergen

February 2
Wingmakers boss makes final transfer signing.

AIRBUS UK Broughton manager Craig Harrison added to his squad before the window closed, and he brings in 35 year old former England under 21 player Jamie Smith.

Jamie was with the club last season coaching, he had a long successful career in the English system with Wolves, Crystal Palace and Bristol City amongst his list of clubs.

This makes four signings for the Wingmakers along with Chris Doran, Tom Rowlands and Josh Johnson.


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