A CHRIS Budrys hat-trick which included a quickfire headed brace of second-half goals ensured the Wingmakers came away from Belle Vue with a hard-earned 4-2 win against a decent Rhyl side.

With a host of players sidelined by injury, director of football Andy Preece was forced to shuffle his pack, bringing trialists Matt Cave and Steve Connor into the starting eleven, with Mark Cadwallader playing in an unfamiliar wide role.

Despite being second best in the early exchanges, Airbus took the lead after 18 minutes when a byline cross from Jack Lewis was netted from close range by Budrys.

But the lead lasted only three minutes before Rhyl equalised in controversial circumstances. As keeper Ben Chapman shaped to clear the ball, the referee awarded the hosts an indirect free-kick 12 yards out and the ball was laid back to former Wingmaker Paul McManus, who buried the ball into the far corner.

It got worse just past the half-hour when a long Mark Powell free-kick found the lively Marc Evans, who ghosted past the defence before placing his shot into the far corner.

It took a good save from Chapman to deny Rhyl a third on the stroke of half-time, but things improved after the break. Connor brought a good save from Mainwaring and, from the resulting corner, Chris Thomas headed the equaliser.

Budrys then went close with a headed chance and Ryan Wade's angled shot glanced the crossbar before a pinpoint Ryan Edwards cross found Budrys, who headed past Ryan Mainwaring.

Three minutes later the striker claimed his threesome, heading home from an excellent Mike Hayes delivery, and Connor could have made it five, but was denied in a one-on-one with Mainwaring.

Photo (top) Chris Budrys celebrates his hat-trick and (right) heads the second of his goals.

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