AIRBUS overcame the disappointment of a missed penalty as a Chris Budrys brace sealed a 2-1 home win over Bala Town at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

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Andrew Lincoln reports

The Wingmakers made an assured start and were soon pressurising the Lakesiders' defence.

They were rewarded on 14 minutes when referee Ryan Stewart spotted an offence in the box, but Jordan Barrow's penalty was well-saved low down to his left by keeper Ashley Morris.

Despite a second missed spot kick in two games, Airbus showed plenty of character and Ryan Wade hit the side netting with a good effort after a one-two with Glenn Rule.

There was panic in the visitors' rearguard when a back header eluded Morris, but the Bala defence managed to clear before another Wade shot was deflected for a corner.

Bala rarely threatened although Mark Connolly put the ball in the net after the whistle had already gone for a linesman's offside flag.

Ryan Wignall side footed over the bar from a Wade cross as the first half drew to a close and it seemed that Airbus would have nothing to show for their superiority.

But, in stoppage time, keeper James Coates instigated a superb attacking move which saw Ashley Williams surge down the right before feeding Wignall, whose cross was fired home for the opening goal by Budrys.

Four minutes into the second half the lead was doubled when Jay Owen's byline cross was powerfully headed home from close range by Budrys.

Coates easily dealt with efforts from Coates saving efforts by Ian Sheridan and Stephen Brown before visiting boss Colin Caton introduced new signing Lee Hunt.

The striker's first contribution was a bad foul on Coates which deserved more than the caution meted out by referee Stewart, but the on-loan Prestatyn man showed his threat when he headed just wide of the far post from a corner.

Morris saved well from Lewis Short before Owen was sent-off 10 minutes from time for a second yellow, both for trivial offences.

Budrys had the chance to make the game safe with a hat-trick goal but was well denied by Morris before Bala's late pressure paid dividends with a Conall Murtagh goal.

But it proved to be too little, too late as Airbus deservedly claimed the points.

Photos (top) Chris Budrys heads the second goal and (below) Glenn Rule celebrates as the goal scorer picks the ball out of the net.