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Wingmakers - Match previews 2009/10
December 25 Druids match previews
Saturday we take on near rivals Cefn Druids at the
Airfield (game rated by Big Phil as 50/50).
It has not been a good season on and off the field for our
visitors, they currently lie in 17th place in the table
with just 1 win from their 15 games (Beat Porthmadog 1-0)
and have suffered 12 defeats. A top 12 finish looks a huge
task especially as they have recently cut their player
budget by 50% and there is a strong possibility that some
of their key players may leave the club especially as the
transfer window is only a few days away. They also lack
the facilities at their current home to make the domestic
That said they have had good fortune at the Airfield in
past visits, having won 2 of their 5 welsh premier games.
These derby's have always been close and all 5 games have
only been won by either side by the odd goal. This clash
has never been that popular with the Wingmakers faithful,
only the first season saw a crowd of over 200 (251) and
since then we haven't attracted more than 176.
The away games have seen Druids coming out on top with 2
home wins, one to Airbus and 2 draws, last season saw us
do the double over Druids with a 2-0 away win and a 1-0
win at the Airfield.
We cannot afford to take the game too lightly, twice this
season we have lost at home and against opposition we had
expected to beat.
December 11 Neath match preview
Saturday we travel to Neath who are on a 11 game unbeaten
run in the welsh premier, and unbeaten at home in the
league, a win for Airbus will be the 50th WPL win since
The league's 2nd full time club (with TNS) are in with a
very good shout of becoming champions of the WPL in their
3rd attempt. Manager Dyer has brought some very good
quality to the Eagles squad this season, as their league
position shows, they are currently in 4th place but with
games in hand on all the teams above them.
In our 2 previous visits to Neath, they have come out on
top on both occasions winning 2-1 in the 2--0/08 season,
and 3-1 last season. We have a good away record of 3 wins,
2 draws and 2 defeats scoring 14 goals and conceding 8. We
haven't yet failed to score on the road, and have keep 3
clean sheets, in our 3 wins we haven't conceded a goal,
last time out we came out 1-0 winners at Porthmadog, but a
home defeat against Bala saw us give up the chance to move
up to 7th place.
Their strike force of Craig Steins with 9 goals and Chris
Llewellyn on 7 are a potent strike force, but then again
so are our pair of Jiws and Carl Owen who have 15 goals
We have a better goal difference than Neath by 2, and have
scored 4 more goals than them, and have conceded 2 more. A
defeat against Neath could see the chasing pack catch up
to us, with Bala just 1 point away and Carmarthen only 3,
some something out of this game would do very nicely as we
have a tough fixture list over the next 4 weeks, with
Llanelli next up after Neath, then the double header
against Druids over xmas followed by Rhyl and TNS.
December 4 Bala Town match preview
We welcome Bala Town to the Airfield for the first time in
a welsh premier league game.
We go into tonight's game hoping to make another record
for Airbus in the league, by notching our 4th win on he
trot, and looking to keep a 4th clean sheet to set another
Bala started off the season with a bang winning 3 of their
first 4 games, but have since had their bubble burst by
only recording 2 wins in their last 9 games, though they
did win last time out against Welshpool who are the only
side to win at the Airfield in the league this season.
They have invested heavily in recruiting players in their
1st season in the WPL, with 9 new signings (we made 8).
Their away form has seen win just once on the road and
that came in their very trip which was a 1-0 win at
Newtown, since that victory they have only managed just 1
draw in their last 5 games with 4 losses. We are looking
for our 3rd home win in a row, we have scored 14 goals in
our 6 home games with Bala scoring 3 in their 6 away
games, so all indications would point to a home win, if
only it were that simple, I seem to remember saying
something similar before the Welshpool home defeat.
A win tonight would see the Wingmakers jump from 8th to
4th in the table 2 points behind Rhyl, something many
would not have been able to imagine before the start of
the season. But we need Cefn Druids to take a least a
point against Prestatyn and for Carmarthen to beat Neath
tonight as well as a home win. We will also be looking to
draw a good crowd, as our league average has dropped after
every game since the league opener, and is down to 190.
So good luck to the gaffers
and players tonight.
November 18 Newtown match preview
We take on Newtown at the Airfield on Saturday, with the
visitors looking for their 1st away win of the season. In
6 attempts on the road they claimed 4 points with 3
credible draws against top 6 sides, TNS, Neath and
They have had the better results in the 5 previous
meetings at the Airfield, with us winning 1, 2 draws and 2
victories for Newtown, last season's 3-1 win was our only
victory. In fact our form away with Newtown is probably
our best against any side we have played in the welsh
premier, in our 5 visits we have yet to be beaten, with 3
wins and 2 draws.
Their top scorer so far this season is 18 year old loanee
from Wrexham Obi Anoruo with 4 goals from his 6
appearances. Newtown currently lie in 12th place but only
3 points adrift of Airbus. 8th to 13 in the table is very
tight with only 3 points separating the 6 clubs and a
small gap to 7th placed Aberystwyth on 20 points.
It's been 2 weeks since our last league action which was
our good 4-0 win over neigbours Connahs Quay, and it was
good to see our scorers coming from all areas of the team
on the day.
A win is vital to staying in the top 10 as several of the
teams around us could pick up wins over the weekend.
November 12 Bangor City match preview
We go in search of our 2nd
away league win over Bangor City on Friday night, and another 3 points which
will keep well in the top 10. Farrar Road hasn't been a happy hunting ground
for the Wingmakers in our previous visits with only 1 win to show for in
those encounters, that one came at the 2nd attempt with a 2-1 win back in
We have been on the end of two
5-0 thumping's and a 3-1 loss, and last years defeat was by the smallest
margin of a 1-0 win for the Citizens courtesy of a Chris Seargeant goal. In
all Bangor have scored 15 goals in league meetings with Airbus at Farrar
Road while we have managed only 3.
It is also a little bit
strange to Airbus above Bangor in the league table, but 3 positions and 2
points separate us, for Bangor it's a poor season so far, while for Airbus
it's a good un and looking to get better, though we could drop to 11th if
Bangor win and Bala and Carmarthen win their games as well. While victory
would not guarantee any movement upwards in the table if Port Talbot beat
neighbours Connahs Quay at the Deeside. A win for Airbus and a win or draw
for Connahs Quay would see us climb up one spot to 7th, and keep us in touch
with the next group of Prestatyn and Aberystwyth.
November 4 Nomads match preview
Friday night see's our 2nd meeting with Gap Connahs Quay in less than a
week, and a chance to get even with them for putting us out of the welsh
But to claim all
3 points against the Nomads, we must do something we have never done since
we joined the welsh premier, and that is beat them at the Airfield, the
story reads played 5 won none drawn 4 and lost 1, Nomads victory came at the
3rd attempt winning 3-2 back in September 2006 when 2 late goals saw us
surrender a winning 2-1 lead with 8 minutes left to play.
The last 2 meetings have
seen both games end in 0-0 results, last season's 0-0 draw was watched by
the Flintshire's biggest derby crowd to date in the welsh premier of 303.
Nomads currently lie in 14th place 4 points adrift of Airbus and hopefully
come 9:30 Friday night the gap will be 7 points and moving clear of 10th
place in the table. Their away form hasn't been good so far in their 6 games
with just 1 victory 1 draw and 4 defeats, their only win on the road coming
against Aberystwyth wining 2-1. Even a victory for Nomads will still see
them remain in 14th position as they trail Newtown by 3 points and have a
goal difference of -11 with Newtown.
On a final note worth
mentioning, if he plays on Friday night it will be Marc Lloyd William's
398th welsh premier league appearance, and all going well he should hit the
400 against Newtown at home on November 21st.
15 Caersws match preview
This Saturday we play Caersws for the 6th time,
and our record against them is 50/50, both teams having
won twice and one draw.
Caersws won the first 2
games 3-0 & 3-1, then a 0-0 draw and the last two season's
has seen Airbus victories 3-2 and 3-1 last season.
Caersws are having another season of struggles, they
avoided relegation last season because no team from the
Welsh league gained promotion, but this season they look
destined to be playing in the Cymru Alliance next season,
jointly for the league position and also looking like they
won't attain the domestic licence.
But even lying
16th in the table with just one win so far this season and
that was at home to Welshpool who beat us at the Airfield,
nothing can be taken for granted as the home defeat
against Welshpool who were bottom of the league before
their 2-1 win proves.
We go into the game looking
for our first win in four games following two 2-2 draws
and the Welshpool defeat, and the points are needed to
maintain our stay in the top ten as four clubs beneath us
can all leapfrog us if they win their games over the
Carmarthen Town match preview
This Saturday at the
Airfield we take on Carmarthen Town for the 6th time in the welsh premier,
we have yet to record a home win against them (in fact we have never beaten
them home or away in the WPL). The best we have managed at home is one draw
which came in January 2007 when we drew 2-2, the other results were 0-1,
1-3, 0-1 and 0-1.
Traditionally this fixture
has been one of if not the poorest attended home games in the league for us,
with 3 games failing to reach the hundred mark, and the other 2 have only
seen 102 and 104 turn up at the Airfield, and all doesn't bode well for a
good turn out on Saturday either with the Wales game against Finland kicking
off half an hour after our game starts.
Carmarthen are having one
of their poorest starts to the season for quite a while and currently lie in
12 place with 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats from their 7 games, but 3 of
their defeats have come against the current top 4 teams in the table, Rhyl,
TNS and Prestatyn, the other loss came away to Haverfordwest.
Their current form has seen
them lose only once in their last 4 games with 2 wins and a draw and 1 loss.
We currently lie in 8th place and a win would help solidify our place in the
top 10, it's tight around the top 10 or so with just 3 points separating us
in 8th and Newtown 14th.
At time of writing I'm not
sure who is unavailable for the game, but one fact sticks out in that we
haven't won in the league since Danny Desormeaux has been injured. One
player definitely out is Rhys Roberts who misses one game due to suspension
following his red card against Prestatyn Town in our last league game.
A double game for Airbus against
Both Airbus sides are in
action on Saturday against Lex X1. The first team are at Stansty Park in the
2nd round of the welsh cup, and the Reserves are home to Lex Reserves in the
Reserve division cup.
Both Lex teams are doing
well in their respective leagues so far this season, Lex's first's are
currently 6th in the Cymru Alliance, while their Reserves lie in 3rd spot in
the Welsh National League Reserve division, and already have a victory over
our Reserves this season in the league winning 2-1 at Stansty Park almost a
Lex are founder members of
the Cymru Alliance since it's founding in 1990/91 and their biggest claim to
fame must be playing all their home games at Wrexham's Racecourse ground for
a whole season back in the nineties.
Prestatyn Town match preview
Friday night we travel to
face Prestatyn Town at the Bastion Gardens in only our 2nd welsh league
Last season we went down by
the odd goal in a 2-1 defeat in the opening fixture of the season, Ian
Griffiths scored both goals for the home side and we managed a late goal in
injury time from Jon Slater.
Prestatyn are on a superb
run of a 5 game winning streak, their only loss this season came on the
opening night when they were put to the sword by TNS losing 5-0 at Park
Hall. Since then they have rattled off 5 wins, 2 at home against
Haverfordwest 3-0, then 2-1 over Welshpool, while on the road they have
beaten Aberystwyth 3-2, Caersws 5-1 and last time out a good 2-1 at Carmarthen.
They are also the league's 3rd highest scorers behind Rhyl and Llanelli, but
they have also conceded the most goals of any team in the top ten, although
5 came on the first night.
They have recruited well
during the summer especially with their current top scorer Andy Moran who is
their top scorer on 4 goals. A win for the home side will see them go top,
if TNS fail to beat Newtown at Park Hall tonight, but they will rise to at
least 2nd in the table if they beat Airbus tonight, while a win for Airbus
will see them remain in 7th place unless they win by a 2 goal margin and
then rise to 6th.
Wingmakers manager Craig
Harrison was disappointed with last weeks defeat at home to the then winless
and bottom of the table Welshpool. The main injury worries for the manager
are to influential midfielder Danny Desormeaux and Jack Abraham, points are
important from tonight's game for Airbus as there is already a gap starting
to open up between the top 5 and the rest, and only 3 points separating
Airbus in 7th and Connahs Quay in 13th place.
Welshpool Town match preview
Friday night we face
Welshpool Town for the 6th time at home in the welsh premier league, the
first 3 meetings all went in favour of the visitors, 2-0, 2-0 and their
biggest win 4-1. in December 2007 we gained our first point against
Welshpool in a 1-1 draw. Just 5 months ago we gained our first league
victory in the penultimate game of the 2008/09 season beating Welshpool 5-0,
it is also the clubs biggest ever win in the welsh premier league.
It's never been a game that
has had a great turn out by the fans, the 5 season average is just 166 with
the first encounter attracting 240, the previous 4 have been no higher than
Welshpool's players must be
facing a huge dilemma, as no matter how well they play or how high they
finish in the league they will still be relegated to the Cymru Alliance due
to their ground not being suitable to obtaining a domestic licence. The
biggest incentive for their players knowing the club will be relegated must
surely be to perform at their best in the hope of signing for a welsh
premier club next season and staying in the league.
A strange fact is that this
is only the 2nd season in the welsh premier that we have got to our 3rd home
without being beaten in our first 2 home games, the 2007-08 season we went
as far as our forth game before we lost at home, so another record awaits
this season's squad of remaining unbeaten against Welshpool to equal the
record and avoiding defeat against Carmarthen will see our best home start
ever to a season.
Last season saw Welshpool
finish one place and one point ahead of us in the table, but this season
they are bottom of the league with just a single point from 5 games, that
point came on the road against Aberystwyth in a 1-1 draw.
A win on Friday night could
see us move above Llanelli into 4th, if we manage to win by 3 or more goals,
and Bala Town fail to beat Druids, though that position is only likely to
last until Saturday afternoon, all that is depending on beating Welshpool in
the first place.
Aberystwyth Town match preview
This Saturday we go in
search of our first away league win of the season, following our 2-2 draw
with Llanelli and the 2-1 loss against TNS.
It is yet another ground we
have never won at since joining the welsh premier league. But it is a
fixture we have never lost by more than 1 goal, in the 5 previous meetings
Aber have won twice both by a 1-0 scoreline, in the very first meeting and
the last meeting, in between we have had 3 draws 2-2, 1-1 and 0-0.
Aber are currently on 5
points like Airbus and lie one place above us in the table on goal
difference, but they have had a considerably easier start to the season than
the Wingmakers, their only win came in the opening fixture of the season
when the waltzed through Caersws 3-0 away. They are without a win in their
last 3 outings with 2 draws and 3-2 home defeat in their last home game
The Wingmakers squad will
be in a confident mood following their deserved 3-1 home win over
Haverfordwest last weekend. And current Wingmakers top scorer Marc Lloyd
Williams will be looking to preserve his top spot in the goal scoring
charts, by adding to his current tally of 5 goals from his 4 games played
this season. Fellow strike partner Carl Owen scored his first league goal
for the club last weekend with a goal against Haverfordwest.
A win at Park Avenue will
see the team move up a few places, we could if results go our way and we win
against Aberystwyth move up to 6th in the table.
Prestatyn Town Challenge cup
Wednesday night we play our penultimate Challenge cup group game at home to
Prestatyn Town (7:30)
Prestatyn like ourselves have just one point from the two group games played,
and that point for both sides came in the 2-2 draw at Bastion Gardens in the
It will take an almighty cock up from Rhyl not to qualify for the next round
as they only need a point to be sure of making the next stage, Airbus needs to
win the last two group games and Rhyl to lose both theirs for us to qualify, not
impossible but highly unlikely. Prestatyn like ourselves have given the cup
games as a chance for some of their squad players to get in competitive action
(though not as widespread as us), while Rhyl
fielded their full squad (though mainly due to having such a small squad of
players when the games were played).
Prestatyn will be full of confidence going into the game as they sit
comfortably in 4th spot in the table, and following their 5-0 bashing against
TNS on the opening fixture they have rattled off 3 consecutive victories.
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4 Haverfordwest home
This Sunday we host
Haverfordwest at the Airfield, Haverfordwest did the double over Airbus last
season with a 3-0 win in Pembrokeshire, and in February the came away with a
4-2 win at the Airfield.
In the 5 previous meetings
there has always been a winner, with not a single draw, Hwest lead the way
with 3 wins to the Wingmakers 2. Hwest won the first 2 encounters both by a
2-1 scoreline, we won the next 2 meetings 2-0 and 3-1, then last season's
The visitors fortunes have
changed in the past 2 season's, and it has seen them climb the table to
finish in 7th lace last season, though 1 more point and they would have
finished in 5th place.
Hwest have only had one
away game so far this season, and it was a fruitless journey to Prestatyn
where they were beaten 3-0. They have won both their home games and lie in
6th place after 3 games played.
We are looking to kick
start our season with a win following our very tough start playing the top 3
finishers from last season, and accounted ourselves well in all 3 games, and
Marc Lloyd Williams has continued his goal scoring extravaganza
like he has at every other club he has played for, Jiws currently tops the
goal scoring table with 4 from 3 games, and he is sure to be a handful for
the Hwest defence on Sunday.
News on the squad for
Sunday's game will appear when I get it sent to me.
August 28 TNS WPL away match
Saturday we face the 3rd of
the top 3 finishers from last season in our first 3 games, and so far we
have acquitted ourselves well still unbeaten (not having won either), but I
feel we face the most difficult game of the three at Park Hall.
While there have been
comings and goings at both Rhyl and Llanelli, TNS have been quietly strengthening
their already formidable squad, with some very good signings.
It will be their 3rd home
game in three games so far this season, and in their previous two games they
have scored seven goals and are still to concede a goal. They blew Prestatyn
away on the opening league fixture 5-0, and last time out beat beat a strong
We have never beaten TNS at
their home, and have only scored one goal in those five meetings, but we
have drawn with them twice, the 2006/07 is a game is one Wingmakers fans
will want to forget when TNS ran out 7-0 winners.
We go into the game on the
back of the two games knowing we could have taken more points from both, and that
we have the best chance of a win against TNS since the club was promoted to
the welsh premier, but doing it is another thing, though not
August 25 Rhyl league cup home
Tonight we face Rhyl for
the 2nd time in only a few day's at the Airfield, tonight's encounter is in
the league cup and we can expect a very different starting 11 from last
Friday's game against Rhyl.
Our first league game away
to Prestatyn saw a completely different 11 from the Llanelli game, we have
several Reserve team players on show and players yet to make a start in the
It will be interesting to
see what kind of a starting 11 Rhyl put out with such a small first team
squad, they may well be tempted to change their team wholesale as well.
One thing is for sure we
don't want another repeat of last season's score line in the same tie, when
Rhyl ran out 4-0 winners at the Airfield, they in fact put 10 goals past us
in the 2 group games winning the game at Belle Vue 6-1.
Also tonight is Chris Doran's
last game for the club before he departs back to Northern Ireland, and what
better going away present than keeping a clean sheet.
No doubt win, lose or draw
there will be a good send off for Chris after the game.
August 20 Rhyl WPL home
Friday night we face the
difficult task of taking on the league champions at the Airfield. Though it
could be said this is the strongest Airbus squad to face Rhyl since the club
was promoted to the welsh premier league, that said that is still no guarantee
of securing the 3 points.
Rhyl have been in the
papers a lot in recent
weeks about uncertainty about the clubs future and mass player exodus at the
club, the squad is down to the bare bones, but if they can avoid injury and
suspensions they will still be there or there about's at the end of the
season. so no great benefit for the Wingmakers at this early stage of the
Rhyl kicked off their
campaign with a good 2-1 home win over a very strong Carmarthen team,
showing their first 11 are are just as good as any out there, they will also
be boosted by the fact that Luke Holden's proposed move to Coventry City has
been put on hold for the current transfer window, that in itself is as good
a top signing for the club as he didn't even feature in the Carmarthen game.
In the five meetings at the
Airfield in the league, we won the very first encounter back in February
2005, with a Kevin Leech goal separating the clubs, Rhyl have had the upper
hand in the last four meeting winning 2-1, 2-0 2-0 and last season 3-1. We
have only managed 3 goals against them in the five meetings and two of the
goal scorers are still with the club, James McIntosh and Ashley Williams.
Craig and Tommo will fancy
the teams chances after putting on such a good showing against title
favourites Llanelli in the teams first league game when we were just a hares
breath away from pulling off what would have been a deserved victory on the
Reds, but we had to settle for a point.
The visit of Rhyl Friday
night should see the Airfields biggest or 2nd biggest home gate of the
season as this fixture has shown in previous season's with the Bangor home
game being the other top contender for best crowd of the season, so
hopefully the bigger crowd at the Airfield will give the team an extra lift.
One extra card up our
sleeves is the evergreen Jiws who has shown already this season he can still
bang in the goals against any team in the WPL and if he and our other
forwards can continue to get the service up front he have a chance in
beating any team home or away.
Prestatyn Town league cup preview
Tonight we get our first
taste of league cup action. Last season we leaked in goals conceding 15
goals from our 4 games, winning one and losing three. This season we
hopefully will improve on that record.
Tonight we travel to
Prestatyn Town for our first tie of the four, Prestatyn had a busy time in
the transfer market like ourselves, they have strengthened their squad by
bringing in 6 players, Andy
Moran (Colwyn Bay), Paul O'Neill (Rhyl), Gareth Wilson (Rhyl), Steve Rogers
(Welshpool), Matt Towns (Macclesfield Town)
and Adie Moody.
They didn't get off to the
best start in the league last Friday night getting heavily beaten 5-0 at
Park Hall by TNS, so they will be looking to repair the damage they
inflicted by putting on a good show in front of their fans.
Our boys will be looking to
one better than a draw against Llanelli on Sunday, when we were a cats
whisker away from claiming our first away win against one of the top three
teams. So it should be a good game. No indication from the gaffer of whether
he will play his strongest 11 tonight, or mix it up a bit.
Llanelli Welsh premier league
It all kicks off again this weekend after the
short summer break, and we couldn't have asked for a more tougher assignment on
our first game of the season.
This Sunday we travel to
Llanelli to take on one of the top teams in the league and the bookies 2nd
favourites to lift the title, surprisingly the bookies have Airbus as 12th
favourites to win the welsh premier at 33/1.
This is the 6th meeting of the sides in the
welsh premier league, and we are still awaiting our first taste of victory at
Stebonheath, we have only avoided defeat once at this venue and that came in the
very 1st season back in 2004/05 season when we came away with a 2-2 draw, the
last 4 visits has seen the home side win 3-0, 4-0, 1-0 and last season 3-2. Last
season we looked to have pulled off quite a result as we were 2-0 up after just
8 minutes with goals from
6' Tom Rowlands 8'. Rhys Griffiths pulled a goal back for the Reds with a 27'
penalty, and with just 2 minutes to go it was looking like an unlikely away win
for the Wingmakers, until that is Rhys Griffiths popped up in the 88' minutes to
put the Reds level and in injury time a Phil Palethorpe own goal gave the home
side the 3 points.
Llanelli have been as busy
in the transfer market as ourselves, both clubs have so far brought in 7 new
players during the pre-season, and 3 of Llanelli's
signing have come from the English football league, they are
(Lincoln City), Michael Howard (Morecambe) and Craig Frater (Manchester City).
Our manager has brought in 7 players as well, and probably the biggest name is
Marc Lloyd Williams, the league's all time record goal scorer, another
accomplished striker to join is Carl Owen from Rhyl, the club now has a healthy
6 strikers on it's books, we now have healthy competition for places in all
areas of the park, in this make or break season.