STEVE Abbott grabbed the headlines with his second hat-trick in two games, but it was Ryan Wade who glittered in the sunshine as the Wingmakers beat Aberystwyth Town 5-1 at The Airfield.
Wade had a hand in all the goals and deservedly capped a superb individual performance by claiming the fifth for himself.
Within the first two minutes the exchange officials – from Malta – handed the Wingmakers' Glenn Rule a yellow card for a seemingly innocuous challenge and, on six minutes, Ryan Wade had the first chance of the game – heading wide from a corner.
The Wingmakers took the lead on 13 minutes when a ball cut back by Ryan Wade was deflected into the path of Steve Abbott who poked home from close-range to make it 1-0.
With around 20 minutes gone there had been little action at either end apart from the goal. The Wingmakers looked comfortable with their lead, Glenn Rule firing an effort over for Airbus on 20 minutes. Josh Macauley looked lively for the Seasiders but they were struggling to create anything to trouble the Airbus defence.
Michael Roddy tried a low shot from distance on 31 minutes which went narrowly wide for Airbus and, minutes later, Ryan Wade get beyond the Aber defence but could not get his shot on target. On the stroke of half-time an excellent block by Aber keeper James Wood kept out a close-range effort from Abbott as the Wingmakers finished the half strongly.
At the break Aberystwyth replaced Rhydian Davies with ex-Wingmaker Adam Worton. Lee Owens opened the half with a decent effort well stopped by Wood and, on 48 minutes, the Wingmakers extended their lead after a brilliant run and cross from Wade found Wayne Riley in the area. He found the back of the net at the far–post with a header from three yards out to put Airbus 2-0 up and cruising.
On 62 minutes another surging run from Ryan Wade saw him square the ball to Abbott in the area to tap into an empty net to make it 3-0 to the Wingmakers.
Minutes later a cross from Wade on the right was met at the far post again by Abbott, who from yards out, completed his hat-trick with another close-range finish. The Wingmakers were 4-0 up, Abbott had his second hat-trick in a week and he probably won’t score an easier one.
Ian Kearney clipped the post with an excellent long-range effort as Aber struggled to deal with the relentless attacking play of Airbus. Jordan Johnson and Kyle Armstrong then replaced Jordan Johnson and Glenn Rule for the Wingmakers respectively.
On 73 minutes Wood saved with his feet from Johnson in one of the most one-sided games seen at the Hollingsworth Group stadium for some time. With just over quarter of an hour to go the Wingmakers replaced Michael Roddy with Toby Jones. Wood was then called on again to make another good double save, the second one a point-blank effort from Wade.
With 10 minutes to go Worton crossed for Glyndwr Hughes who lifted a shot over at the near-post, one of few chances Aberystwyth had all afternoon. With seven minutes to go Aberystwyth pulled a goal back when a Jordan Follows shot appeared to have been cleared off the line, but the officials gave it – bringing the score back to 4-1.
Glyndwr Hughes was then replaced by Ifan Burrell. Two minutes later Burrell earned a booking for a push on Wingmakers captain Kearney. With two minutes to go Ryan Wade fired a low shot through the arms of Wood to make it 5-1 to Airbus - earning a goal for a brilliant individual performance. That was the last significant action of the game as, for the second week in a row the Wingmakers recorded a very impressive high-scoring victory.
by Rory Sheehan
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