Airbus UK Broughton Football Club

The Wingmakers - March 2010 Welsh Soccer News



April 11 - 08:00
PORTHMADOG pick up a surprise 2-1 win at Airbus

PORTHMADOG picked up a surprise 2-1 win at Airbus UK, but based on their great track record at Broughton, the pundits should not have been too surprised.

It was nip and tuck in the opening half with defences clearly on top and chances few and far between.

But the Seasiders broke the deadlock on the hour mark after some fine probing by Cai Jones when Chris Jones struck the ball low past Airbus keeper Chris Doran.

The Planemakers quickly atoned, however, a fine run by Josh Johnson setting up Carl Owens who shot from just inside the box to beat Richard Harvey with the help of the crossbar.

But Porthmadog were back in front within four minutes, Chris Jones scoring again.

Airbus left gaps at the back chasing the game and the visitors missed three glorious chances to seal it.

Doran thwarted Cai Jones, watched a Marcus Orlik chip rebound off the crossbar and then prevented Chris Jones from notching his treble.

Wales on Sunday

April 11 - 08:00
McCreesh puts Port Talbot into final

A SOLITARY goal from Liam McCreesh proved enough to take Port Talbot into the Welsh Cup final for the first time, with victory over Bala at Aberystwyth's Park Avenue.

With chances at a premium at both ends, the decisive moment of a sun-drenched semi-final came on 33 minutes, when McCreesh’s somewhat innocuous shot managed to slip through the hands of keeper Leon Bimpson before rolling into the net.

It was an unfortunate moment for the Bala keeper, who has been in fine form this season, but on balance of play the Steelmen deserved their place in the final after enjoying the better of possession.

Both sides failed to hit their top form in a sometimes scrappy affair, the ball often spending too long in the air.

But for Port Talbot and their boss Mark Jones, it was just reward for their efforts this season.

They carved a few goal-mouth scrambles and a couple of efforts from distance, but were unable to give themselves any breathing space as battling Bala remained in the hunt.

The best chance for the league new boys came in the second half, when a free kick from wide out by John Irving found the head of the unmarked Ross Jefferies.

His header looked to be sailing for the top corner of the net but it was well held by keeper Lee Kendall.

That apart, Kendall was never really troubled as his side’s accustomed solid defending kept the Lakesiders at arm’s length in their first semi-final appearance.

And the encounter was to end on a further disappointing note for Bala, whose experienced midfielder Ricky Evans - such an influence for his side this season - was sent off in the last minute for picking up a couple of late bookings.

Wales on Sunday

April 9 - 14:00
Cup final dream so close for Steelmen

PORT Talbot will look to complete a memorable week as they attempt to reach their first Welsh Cup final when they meet Bala Town at Aberystwyth's Park Avenue tomorrow.

A 2-0 league victory over near-neighbours Neath on Wednesday evening has taken the Steelmen to within a point of third-placed Aberystwyth Town, who have a tough home encounter with Llanelli tonight — their game in hand.

With three matches remaining there is now a real possibility of Mark Jones's side making it into Europe for the first time via the league route, but the Welsh Cup offers a second bite of the cherry as the winners gain an automatic place.

First-half goals from Daniel Thomas and Martin Rose earned Port Talbot the spoils at The Gnoll as the Eagles were totally outplayed, and they could have been on the end of one of their worst beatings of the campaign.

"To be honest, it should have been five or six as we missed some real sitters," said Jones.

"It was a comfortable win, but thankfully all the lads came through unscathed so we travel to Aberystwyth with a full squad available."

Chairman Andrew Edwards has arranged an overnight stay in Ceredigion and his players will be at the Aber v Reds clash tonight.

Although Port Talbot will be hot favourites to reach the final against a team whose form has dipped of late, Jones is urging caution.

"There are no favourites in cup semi-finals. Everything that has gone on before goes out of the window," he said.

"We will be treating Bala with the respect they deserve, as if we were facing The New Saints. We want that final berth and they will feel the same.

"The cup offers the quickest route into Europe so is a vitally important competition."

Evening Post

April 9 - 14:00
Premier Clubs face Anxious Wait on Licensing Decision Day

Football Association of Wales Headquarters this morning to assess the twenty-four applications for an FAW Domestic Club Licence.

The Domestic Licence has been introduced this season by the FAW for any club wishing to participate in the restructured and streamlined Welsh Premier League for next year and the Licence is a pre-requisite for participation in next season's League of Twelve.

Of the current eighteen Principality Welsh Premier League clubs, only Technogroup Welshpool decided against applying for the Licence when the process began last August, so the remaining seventeen applications will be assessed today.

There are also seven clubs from the two feeder leagues who have applied, with Afan Lido, Barry Town and Bridgend Town from the Welsh League and Buckley Town, Caernarfon Town, Llangefni Town and Llandudno Town of the Cymru Alliance.

The clubs are assessed not only on their Stadium, but also the youth development, player medicals, their legal statutes and stadium lease, the personnel and administration within the club, which includes the coaching qualifications of their Manager, their current financial status and their club charters.

FAW Club Licensing Manager Andrew Howard further explained;

"There are a total of 71 criteria for the Licence applicants to meet, so we're approaching the end of a very long journey for clubs who have worked tirelessly to achieve the FAW Licence.

"The criteria that the FAW has set is realistic and pitched at a level, which we believe merits the status of a Welsh Premier League club. Our National League needs to progress and making stadia more pleasant for spectators, improving the levels of coaching and thus standard of play and ensuring good financial practice will all go a long way to achieve this."

The Club Licensing initiative was introduced by UEFA for their competitions seven years ago and the FAW has followed suit with the majority of other European Nations, in developing a similar model for their National League.

"The introduction of the domestic Licensing system in Wales has certainly been welcomed by UEFA, who are strong advocates of this form of Governance at National Association level" added Howard.

April 8 - 11:00
Craig Harrison backs his players to handle ‘Super 12’ pressure

CRAIG Harrison is backing Airbus UK Broughton to keep their cool in the red-hot race for a Welsh Premier League ‘Super 12’ place.

For the first time in their top-flight history the Wingmakers are no longer going into the majority of their matches with the underdog tag around their neck such is the steady progress they have made under their former Premier League star boss.

But with that comes added expectation and Harrison does not deny it would represent a major underachievement if his 10th- placed side failed to qualify for next season’s slimmed-down competition by not finishing in a high enough league position.

Airbus are in possession of one of the prized top-10 spots but failure to take three points from Saturday’s visit of third-from-bottom Porthmadog to the Airfield (2.30pm ) would leave them looking over their shoulder.

“It’s been a very progressive year for us as all of the sudden we are now favourites to win games,” said Harrison, who will be without the suspended Ashley Williams and the injured Rhys Roberts against Port.

“Sometimes it’s easier to be a team down at the bottom than have the pressure of being a team at the top that is expected to win.

“I’ve been through both. I was part of a Crystal Palace team that avoided relegation on the last day of the season and also played in a Middlesbrough team, with the likes of Paul Merson and Paul Gascoigne, that were going for promotion to the Premier League. With Palace we were concentrating on not getting beat, but to actually go and win the game, like we were expected to do at ’Boro, is a different type of pressure.

“My players are feeling that now but I’m sure they can handle it.”
Flintshire Chronicle

April 8 - 11:00
Port Talbot beat Neath in Welsh Premiership

PORT TALBOT are making a bold bid to land a European spot for the first time in their history following an impressive victory at The Gnoll last night.

It was Mark Jones’ side’s seventh unbeaten match on the trot and they now look forward to a Welsh Cup semi-final tie against Bala Town at Park Avenue on Saturday.

The visitors had much the better of the exchanges and won at a canter and now trail third-place Aberystwyth Town by just a point with three matches of the league campaign to play.

The Seasiders have played a game less, but they have a difficult home encounter with Llanelli tomorrow night and still have Rhyl and The New Saints waiting in the wings.

Daniel Thomas gave the Steelmen a 15th-minute boost with a superb individual effort, setting off from 30 yards, beating two Neath defenders before lashing home an unstoppable shot.

And Thomas was to the fore again 18 minutes later when he threaded the ball through the home defence and Martin Rose latched onto the opportunity to double the advantage for Port Talbot.

Andy Dyer’s side never looked like clawing their way back into the match as they slumped to their fifth home defeat in seven matches, although they look on course for the super 12.

They were fortunate not to suffer a heavier loss as Rose, Thomas and Drew Fahiya all went narrowly close to adding to Neath’s woe in the second period as the visitors simply ran away with it.
Western Mail

April 5 - 11:00
Carl Owen’s late leveller seals points for Airbus

AN injury-time equaliser from Carl Owen earned Airbus a crucial point from a dramatic game at Latham Park on Saturday.
Home side Newtown got off to a flyer with a Dylan Blain double on five and 29 minutes putting them in command.
Owen replied for the Wingmakers before the break but there were no further goals until the 88th minute when the league’s record marksman Marc Lloyd Williams levelled against his former club with his 15th goal of the season.
The Robins refused to be disheartened and when in-form Callum Wright made it 3-2 a minute later it looked like the game was won. But Owen’s second – his ninth of the season – in stoppage time earned a vital draw for the Wingmakers who remain in the top 10.
Dave Jones

April 5 - 22:00
Nomads keep slim top 12 hopes alive

GAP Connah’s Quay warmed up for today’s trip to Bala Town with a 5-0 thumping of second from bottom Caersws.
“We knew we had more goals in us than we were producing and that’s why we packed all our training time last week into sorting out this worrying lack of finishing,” said assistant boss Mark McGregor. “This time we threw more players into the box and it’s paid off.”
Having set themselves an ambitious target of five straight wins to finish the season and give themselves a fighting chance of squeezing into the top Super 12, the resurgent Quay were unrecognisable from their six-match sequence of single-goal scraps.
Sam McNutt set the ball rolling on 15 minutes with Mike Hayes adding a second two minutes later.
A header from McGregor (47) followed by Danny Pinch (77) and Aaron Burns (84) piled up the tally as doomed Caersws suffered another reverse with never a hint of a double to go with their 1-0 home victory a month earlier.
Now boosted injury-free Gap will be aiming for a repeat performance when they face tougher hosts Bala Town in their next test today.
Flintshire Chronicle

April 1 - 22:00
Wingmakers rocked by injury blows

AN injury curse has finally struck Airbus UK Broughton – leaving them without the services of at least two key players in the crucial run-in to the Welsh Premier campaign.
Last Wednesday night’s freak 5-1 home loss to Bangor City left Airbus boss Craig Harrison with more than a sour taste in his mouth.
He saw goalkeeper Kristian Rogers, defenders Jamie Smith and Matty Woodward and striker Marc Lloyd Williams all injured.
Two of that quartet will not play again this season, Rogers with a broken jaw and Smith with a dislocated ankle.
A question mark also remains over whether Woodward will feature in the Wingmakers’ final six games.
“Kristian and Jamie will be out for four to six weeks,” said Harrison. “Matty has been managing a knee problem for about six months with painkillers, but with this latest knock enough is enough and he will take some time out to heal now.
“We have avoided injury all season – then this comes all at once.”
The only good news for Harrison is that top-scorer Lloyd Williams will miss only Saturday’s trip to his former club Newtown (2.30pm).
Airbus are eighth but still have work to do if they are to seal the top-10 spot that would qualify them for next season’s ‘Super 12’.
“We have quality in the squad and players have been knocking on my door asking why they are not getting into the first team,” said Harrison. “Now they have the chance to prove I was wrong to leave them out.
“We have Paul McManus, who has League Two goals to his name; Jack Rowlands has been in good form; Josh Johnson, Tom Rowlands, Gareth Sudlow, James McIntosh and Gary McConnell are all quality players, while we have the best second goalkeeper in the Welsh Premier in Chris Doran, so they all have to come in and show me they deserve a place.”
Flintshire Chronicle

April 1 - 22:00
Nomads gear up for make-or-break weekend

GAP Connah’s Quay are gearing up for an Easter weekend double- header which could make-or-break their Welsh Premier League ‘Super 12’ chances.
Nomads have beaten some of the league’s biggest and best teams this term but Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Port Talbot Town means they face an uphill task to secure a coveted top-10 spot – the main playing criteria for participation in next season’s slimmed- down top flight.
Ken Price’s 14th-placed side are 11 points behind 10th-placed Neath with six games to play – two of which come in the space of 48 hours.
First up for Nomads is Saturday’s visit of lowly Caersws to the Deeside Stadium followed by a trip to Bala Town on Monday (both 2.30pm).
Boss Price knows nothing less than maximum points will do following the defeat to high-flying Port Talbot.
As neighbours Airbus UK Broughton found last month, the Steelmen are an extremely difficult outfit to break down, and although Nomads improved after the break, Price had no real complaints with the final outcome.
“They are a strong side to be fair and we let them play too much football in the first half,” said Price, who lost Ben Alston to injury. “But we changed our formation around a bit at half-time and had a lot more possession.
“There weren’t that many clear chances going to be honest and what there were we weren’t able to take.””
Flintshire Chronicle


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