AIRBUS surrendered second place to Aberystwyth Town as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Park Avenue.
Missed chance again proved to be the Wingmakers' Achilles heel and, despite late pressure, they were unable to find an equaliser against a team reduced to 10-men for the final 20 minutes.
Airbus started strongly and threatened the home goal with a string of dangerous set pieces which forced keeper Mike Lewis, to make several important saves.
Matty McGinn hit the home crossbar before the hosts took the lead against the run of play on 28 minutes, Geoff Kellaway finding the target with an overhead kick following corner.
Lewis made a superb fingertip save to keep out a Chris Budrys header and again went close on several occasions after half-time, but also rode their luck on two occasions when Mark Jones and then Craig Williams rattled the woodwork.
The score was level again on the hour when home defender Ryan Batley was sent-off for pulling substitute Ellis Healing in the box, denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Tom Field despatched the resulting penalty but the parity lasted less than two minutes.
Airbus conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box which was despatched into the top corner by Chris Venables.
And, although the Wingmakers exerted considerable pressure for the remainder of the game, Aberystwyth were able to hold out, Lewis making an excellent save to deny Healing at point blank range.
Photos (top) Geoff Kellaway gives Aberystwyth the lead and (below) Chris Venables scores the second from a free-kick.