JAMES Coates was the hero as Airbus battled to a point in a goal-less draw at Bala Town, finishing the game with 10-men.

The Wingmakers were asked plenty of questions by the Lakesiders, who had won their opening game at Newtown 48 hours earlier.

Airbus started brightly and threatened early with a shot over the bar, but Bala thought they had opened their account amidst claims that the ball had crossed the line.

James Kelly curled an effort wide of the target for Bala with Mark Connolly also putting a chance over the bar and another just inches wide.

Coates saved from Kieran Smith and Kelly as the game ended scoreless at the break.

The second half started with Coates making a superb one-handed save from Connolly´s strike. while at the other end, Ryan Wade broke free but home keeper Ashley Morris smothered his shot in a one-on-one.

The Wingmakers were enjoying a spell of pressure, but Coates again produced a great save to stop former player Mike Hayes' converting a Kelly cross.

Airbus were down to 10-men in the 71st minute when Lee Owens was shown a red card for a tough challenge and Bala upped their game in search of a winner.

A dangerous low cross flashed across the face of goal but neither Connolly nor Smith could connect.

Will Bell blocked an Airbus chance after a quick break and Morris made a good save to stop a goalbound header.

But, as the hosts finished strongly, Bell's header was pushed away by Coates and, in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, Connolly rattled the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick as Airbus held out.

Photos courtesy Evan L Dobson (top): Jay Owen and Ian Kearney battle for the ball and (below) Bala keeper Ashley Morris claims the ball in an Airbus attack.