THE Wingmakers showed plenty of resilience to reclaim second place in the Welsh Premier table with a well-deserved win over Rhyl, as the previous occupants of the runners-up spot Aberystwyth Town lost at Prestatyn.

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Andrew Lincoln reports

In a far from memorable affair at a windy Hollingsworth Grpup Stadium, Airbus controlled the early exchanges and took the lead on 10 minutes when a Tom Field corner was firmly headed home by skipper Ian Kearney.

But the home side's fluency was disrupted by two injuries, the first of which saw Chris Budrys forced-off with a shoulder problem to be replaced by Andy Jones just past the quarter-hour.

Rhyl keeper Alex Ramsay saved Field's 20-yarder before James Coates made a good save to keep out a header from Ryan Astles following a flag kick at the other end.

Matty McGinn's cross cum shot was just about cleared by Astles before Kearney limped-off with suspected knee ligament damage after a Rhyl challenge.

Ryan Wade came on with Jones dropping into the back four in what later proved to be a fortuitous if unfortunate replacement.

When Field lost the ball, a Rhyl surge upfield ended with the ball finding Aaron Bowen, who equalised on 34 minutes with a superb shot from outside the box which eluded Coates and flew into the far corner.

The Wingmakers hardly deserved to be only on level terms at the break, with Wade hitting the woodwork in the closing moments, but he then produced a moment of magic straight after half time.

Set-up by Ellis Healing, McGinn's fierce drive was parried by Ramsay and found Wade, who returned it with style, angling a chip over the keeper and into the far corner.

The wingman then produced a trio of excellent crosses from the right hand side, two of which eluded his team-mates and the third of which was cleared by the visitors' defence.

The game deteriorated into a midfield battle but Airbus were rarely troubled, although substitute Rob Hughes threatened on a couple of occasions.

But the midfielder's afternoon ended with a late dismissal for two yellow cards as Airbus easily rode out a couple of added minutes to claim the three points.

Photos (top) Ryan Wade gets the plaudits after what proved to be the winning goal and (below) Ian Kearney heads the opening goal.