AIRBUS ended their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 defeat away at Droylsden.

With Sam Hart, Brady McGilloway, Joe Palmer, Steve Tomassen and Curtis Strong all unavailable, the defence was breached after 10 minutes when a cross from the righr found Aaron Burns unmarked and he planted his shot past Dave Roberts.

An Alex Darlington effort was well saved before the Bloods extended their lead when Kristian Platt fouled Burns in the box and the striker made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Andy Owens was denied by keeper Chris Thompson in a one-on-one after being played-in nicely by Darlington and Thompson saved from James Hooper before Ryan Edwards found Jordan Evans who reduced the arrears with a well-taken goal.

A trialist headed against the woodwork from a Jake Phillips corner and, after the break, Darlington hit the crossbar from close range with Danny Wilkins clearing off the home line from the resulting corner.

But the outcome was settled on 65 minutes when Domaine Rouse seized on a loose ball and rifled his shot into the net.

Below: Alex Darlington fires against the crossbar.