Wingmakers go second with Talbot win

Airbus UK Broughton made it four wins on the bounce and are up to second in the table after a 2-0 victory over Port Talbot Town. The visitors qualified for Europe last season and proved difficult opposition in a fiery encounter.

The Wingmakers began with a familiar line-up after the changes made for the mid-week cup win over Newtown but showed no signs of a loss of rhythm. In the first-half both teams cancelled each other out with much of the game played in midfield. There were no clear-cut opportunities but plenty of off-sides and fouls that led to a scrappy display.

Jack Abraham did turn his man and round the goalkeeper at one stage but saw the ball ushered away by Port Talbot's Nicky Holland. It was little surprise that it remained a goalless stalemate when the whistle went for half-time.

The game exploded shortly after the break however when a late challenge by Liam McCreesh on Richie Dorman led to a free-kick. McCreesh received a yellow card but his team-mate Karl Lewis saw a red after his protestations to the referee went too far. Port Talbot were left down to ten men. Matty Woodward picked up a booking on 56 minutes for a late challenge as the game became more physical.

The away side's fortunes worsened on 58 minutes when their goalkeeper Lee Kendall cynically tripped Jack Abraham in the area leading the referee to award a penalty. Kendall received a yellow card before Andy Moran stepped up and sent him the wrong way with his spot-kick. Airbus had the lead at 1-0 and another goal from the spot after a few recent misses.

Within the space of 3 minutes after the hour mark both teams made changes. Port Talbot replaced McCreesh with Leigh De-Vulgt and Airbus introduced Gio Feliciello for Dorman. Minutes later a speculative effort from Carl Owen clipped the bar as the Wingmakers grew in confidence and shortly after Owen lifted another attempt over.

On 67 minutes Airbus doubled their lead after a horror mistake from Port Talbot goalkeeper Lee Kendall. His goal-kick went straight to the feat of Carl Owen who then slotted the ball under the unfortunate keeper to make it 2-0.

The game began to open up much more in contrast to the first half. With a two goal advantage the Wingmakers could turn on the style a bit more and exploit the space left by having an extra man. The were fluid, creative and attacking. On 77 minutes Port Talbot made another substitution with Kye Edwards coming on in place of Matthew Rees.

The away side had their best chance of the game with just over 10 minutes to go as Martin Rose had a clear sight of goal - but the reliable Mark Allen was covering to clear off the line.

In the closing stages Airbus dominated as Carl Owen had a couple more chances - one closed down by Kendall and the other going wide - as Port Talbot brought Drew Fahiha on for Matthew Thompson. Airbus also made two late chances as on-loan Wrexham youngsters Leon Clowes and Nick Rushton got a taste of the action in place of Phil Clarke and Carl Owen respectively.

By the end the result was a formality and it stayed 2-0. This was another good performance from the Wingmakers and a massive win. The early season results and league table speak for themselves.

Airbus - 1: Kristian Rogers 2: Phil Clarke (Clowes) 3: Ryan Edwards 4: Matty Woddward 5: Mark Allen (c) 6: Ashley Williams 7: Richie Dorman (Feliciello) 8: Danny Desormeaux 9: Andy Moran 10: Carl Owen (Rushton) 11: Jack Abraham

Subs - 12: Leon Clowes 14: Gio Feliciello 15: Paul McManus 16: Nick Rushton

Port Talbot - 1: Lee Kendall 2: Nicky Holland 3: Lloyd Grist 4: Karl Lewis 5: Matthew Rees (c) (Edwards) 6: Lee Surman 7: Lee John 8: Matthew Thompson (Fahiha) 9: Martin Rose 10: Liam McCreesh (De-Vulgt) 11: Luke Bowen

Subs - 12: Leigh De-Vulgt 14: Drew Fahiha 15: Kye Edwards

By Rory Sheehan

Photo: Ashley Williams battles with Talbot's Karl Lewis []