TNS v Airbus

THE Wingmakers went down to a solitary goal against The New Saints on a night when they came close to taking a point away from Park Hall.

Andy Preece's men enjoyed an excellent opening 30 minutes in which the hosts were unable to get into their stride.

With a quarter of an hour on the clock, Airbus should have taken the lead when Chris Budrys sent over a teasing cross only for Mark Cadwallader to somehow failed to connect firmly with a free header in front of a gaping goal.

But keeper Ben Chapman was called into action at the other end, making a superb save from Greg Draper, before the Kiwi international striker back heeled just wide of a post from a Ryan Fraughan cross.

Chapman saved with his feet from Fraughan just before the break as TNS started to dominate, but Budrys fired over soon after the restart after latching on to a long ball.

Sam Finley rattled the Wingmakers' crossbar with Chapman beaten but Ryan Wade created an excellent opening in an Airbus attack only to send a weak shot at keeper Paul Harrison.

Finley went close with a 18 yarder for the Saints before what proved to be the winning goal on 73 minutes, Simon Spender netting from close range after a good pass by Aeron Edwards.

That sparked the Wingmakers into life again and Mike Hayes should have netted an equaliser from sub Wayne Riley's cross.

But overall it was an encouraging performance with several players missing through injury and suspension.