AIRBUS returned to winning ways with a crucial victory over Rhyl to remain seven points clear at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance table.

Despite enjoying the better of a first half in which Asa Hamilton and Brady McGilloway both went close to an opener, the Wingmakers were denied in the 32nd-minute when Nathan Woolfe's show from outside the box rebounded to safety off the inside of the post with Rhyl keeper Rory Crowther beaten.

The Lilywhites showed some glimpses of their ability and former Wingmaker James Murphy's shot was cleared by Dave Roberts in the Airbus goal just before the break.

Airbus continued to push for a breakthrough early in the second half and the goal arrived in the 61st minute when Woolfe's shot from the edge of the box took a huge deflection off a Rhyl defender and looped over a wrong-footed Crowther and into the net.

Rhyl struggled to create a clear opening, with the best chance falling to James Murphy who fired over the bar after a good delivery from Barry Torrence and Airbusclosed out the remainder of the game.

Assistant manager Andy Thomas hailed a ‘professional’ display, saying:" I thought we deserved to win on the balance of play. Our defensive shape is the best in the league by far and if any team manages to break us down they will have had to work really hard to do it.

"It wasn’t spectacular from us at all, but I thought we showed really good professionalism in managing the game once we got ahead. There are seven games left and this is another step nearer to the title for us.”