Steve O'Shaughnessy was pleased with his side's efforts despite the Wingmakers suffering defeat on our return to the Hollingsworth Group Stadium in a friendly against Connah's Quay Nomads.

Three first half goals scored by Michael Wilde, Jamie Insall and Neil Danns helped the reigning JD Cymru Premier champions secure a 0-3 victory in our third pre-season fixture.

The boss revealed he was content with the performance of his team in spite of the disappointment of losing against Andy Morrison's side, acknowledging it was always going to be a difficult evening. 

O'Shaughnessy also pointed towards losing the midfield presence of Joe Palmer through injury early on as being a massive blow in the match, with limited options available to call upon from the bench.

"At the end of the day they're the champions of Wales a step above our standard, so we knew it was going to be tough.

"It was our third game in a week. To be fair we said we wanted to start strong and be on top of them but we gave two sloppy goals away early on.

"After that Joe Palmer came off, so we were down to the bare bones with one substitute, but overall  in the end I am pleased."

With the loss against Nomads concluding a run of three consecutive high intensity fixtures against higher league opposition, not surprisingly the Bus showed signs of fatigue in the closing stages in Broughton.

However, the Welshman is convinced the efforts in the last week will hold the squad in good stead providing the Cymru North season gets the go ahead later this month.

"We got tired at the end. We couldn't make any changes as we've had a few niggles and injuries in the squad, but it was all about getting leg-work in again.

"Hopefully it will bode well for the start of the season if we get good news on 12 March. The lads are chomping at the bit now, so I think it will be really disappointing if it gets called off because the lads will be gutted."

The fixture against Connah's Quay ended a long anticipated return of first team football to Airbus' home for the first time in over a year.

O'Shaughnessy was pleased get back to familiar surroundings, but explained how the best thing is simply being able to play matches.

"It's just nice to be playing. No matter what league you play in, everybody just wants to play football. I know tonight was only a friendly but we still enjoyed it."


Joe Sargent - Airbus Media


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