Field penalty maintains winning pre-season start

TWO second half goals ensured the Wingmakers maintained a winning start to their European preparations with a 2-1 victory over Newtown.

The Robins were returning to action just three weeks after securing a place in the Europa League and took the lead through Craig Harris before first Kieran Mills-Evans turned through his own net and then Tom Field scored from the penalty spot.

Neither side created much in the way of chances in the opening exchanges.

Airbus failed to test young stopper Jack Perry with a couple of early efforts before Craig Williams stung the palms of James Coates after 10 minutes.

Jamie Price had the best chance as Coates got finger tips to his curling effort, before Matty Owen had a shot blocked from the resulting corner.

The impressive Ellis Healing fired wide from just inside the box before the same player nodded over from a free header after a Ryan Wignall cross.

But it was Newtown who took the lead on 32 minutes as Price found Neil Mitchell down the right, who in turn found Harris who turned well and fired under Coates from a narrow angle.

It could have been 2-0 minutes later as a right wing cross was poked home by Matthew Hearsey, but the effort was flagged offside.

Mitchell then did well to beat his man before firing straight at Coates and chipping the re-bound into his grateful hands.

Healing and Andy Jones went close late on but the Robins were good value for their half time lead.

Just moments into the second half the Wingmakers levelled after confusion in the box led to an own goal from Mills-Evans.

Jordan Barrow lashed over before half time sub Ricky Evans won a penalty after a push and Field stepped up to casually curl the ball into the top corner.

Airbus ended the game on top, with Perry doing well to keep out a long range Jordan Barrow strike.