AIRBUS UK Broughton climbed into second spot with a thoroughly-deserved 2-0 home win over Carmarthen Town at a sun-drenched Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

Airbus UK
Carmarthen Town
Andrew Lincoln reports

Second half goals from the impressive Matty McGinn and Tom Field mean the Wingmakers are now just three points behind Welsh Premier leaders The New Saints, with a game in hand.

The Old Gold made a bright start and Liam Thomas had an early chance after Ibrahim Farah had robbed Field, while Lewis Short tested visiting keeper Lee Idzi at the other end from Mike Pearson's excellent through ball.

Jay Owen combined with Chris Budrys to set-up field inside the area, but the midfielder's shot was easily parried by Idzi.

Carmarthen were the first to get the ball in the net through Liam Thomas, but an assistant had already flagged, before Pearson went close at the other end and Jordan Barrow was narrowly wide after Town had cleared a free-kick.

Bassett headed just over the bar from a Ceri Morgan cross while Barrow again missed the target after being played in by Lee Owens.

Budrys headed wide of the target as the first half came to a close with the Wingmakers regretting missed chances.

Carmarthen started the second half well with Liam Thomas and Farah sending efforts over the bar and wide respectively, but they were rocked on 51 minutes when the hosts got the goal they had been threatening.

Owen did well to win the ball under some physical pressure from Paul Fowler and passed back to Owens, whose cross was met with a looping 12-yard header over Idzi by the unmarked McGinn.

From then on it was mostly Airbus with the Old Gold defending resolutely with occasional forays upfield, one of which saw a Chris Thomas shot turned round a post by keeper James Coates.

The game turned further in the Wingmakers' favour on 71 minutes when a referee's assistant ruled that Cortez Belle had pushed substitute Andy Jones in the box and Field despatched the penalty into the corner of the net.

Airbus were denied what looked a far more obvious spot kick when Jones was again fouled, this time by Chris Thomas.

Glenn Rule twice went close to adding a third as Airbus repelled a late rally from the Old Gold to seal the victory.

Photos (top) Lewis Short celebrates with goal scorer Matty McGinn and (below) Tom field scores from the penalty spot.