The Airfield

THE Flintshire derby between Airbus UK Broughton and gap Connah's Quay goes ahead today (Boxing Day) as planned after the Hollingsworth Group Stadium pitch passed a morning inspection.

And director of football Andy Preece wants the Wingmakers to build on Sunday's excellent 4-2 away win at Llanelli to guarantee a top six finish.

It would take a freak set of results to prevent his side finishing in the upper half before the league splits in two next month and Preece says: "Now we've got to take as many points as we can before the split because then we'll be playing the top teams week in week out.

"No team in this league should get within 10-15 points of TNS given they are full-time and given their pitch.

"But we have to try and push Prestatyn for third and maybe Bangor City for second. That would be an unbelievable achievement."

Preece is sweating on the fitness of goalkeepers Ben Chapman and Aaron Morrison and the availability of defender Ian Kearney, but the visiting Nomads have worse selection problems.

Rob Jones suffered a suspected broken nose and Dean Canning badly bruised his arm in Friday’s 5-1 defeat at The New Saints.

It has left player-manager Mark McGregor desperately short of numbers as he is already without Alan Hooley and Jack Rowlands.

But McGregor could be boosted by the return of Danny Dobbins.