Airbus make winning start to pre-season

AIRBUS started their preparations for the Europa League with a comfortable victory over an Anglesey XI, who are themselves getting ready for the World Island Games at the end of the month.

Director of football Andy Preece was able to hand a first start to new signing Tony Gray, while several youth team players awarded first team contracts also featured.

The Wingmakers dominated from the off and Matty McGinn's early shot was well held by Caernarfon keeper Paul Pritchard.

The visitors responded with John Littlemore dragging a shot wide while Chris Budrys went close for the hosts with a six-yarder.

Youngster Michael Barrow, who impressed, was just wide of the far post with a good effort before McGinn intercepted the ball and hammered a snap shot just wide from 25 yards.

The Islanders' resistance was finally ended on 36 minutes when Budrys turned home a Ryan Wignall cross from the byline.

New boy Gray sent in a curling shot which was held by Pritchard and Wignall headed over from a McGinn cross.

The lead was doubled just before the break as Budrys crossed from the byline for McGinn to finish with aplomb and only a superb save from Pritchard prevented Ashley Williams from adding another before the half time whistle.

Youth Bailey Jackson was just wide with a 25 yarder while an Anglesey defender almost hooked the ball into his own net but was saved by substitute keeper David Carl Jones.

Youngster James Murphy then capped a promising display with a goal and Glenn Rule almost added a fourth but was just over from 15 yards as Airbus completed a useful workout.

Photos (top) Chris Budrys scores and (below) Ryan Wignall attempts an overhead kick.