The Nomads v Airbus UK, TheWord league Cup, Tue 30th Oct, 7.45 ko
Mon, 29th October, 2012 2:10pm
Formed in 1946, Airbus UK Broughton FC had different names as the ownership of the factory changed. They started life in the Chester & District League and the Wrexham area leagues. They won the Welsh National League Division Two title in the 1991–92 season and after four years in Division One they were promoted to the Premier Division at the end of 1995–96. The club were then promoted to the Cymru Alliance at the end of the 1999–2000 season and the clubs name was changed to Airbus UK.
Airbus were promoted to the Welsh Premier in 2004 as runaway Cymru Alliance champions, but struggled in their first three seasons. Last season they equalled their highest-ever 6th place finish to qualify for the Europa League play-offs and after the week-end’s 2-1 victory over Champions TNS, they are currently riding high in 2nd spot.
Airbus are unbeaten in their last 7 WPL games and with 35 league goals in their 12 games so far; they are the leagues highest goal scorers with a goal difference of +20. In the previous round of the League Cup, they won 1-0 at Penrhyncoch and in their current form; they will provide formidable opposition for the Nomads at Deeside.
After a great start to life in the WPL, Nomads have struggled against the leagues top teams in recent weeks, with only 6 points to show from the last 6 matches. After last Fridays heavy home defeat against Bangor, Nomads manager Mark McGregor said:
“This was very disappointing result in front of Nomads biggest crowd of the season. Bangor did not look anything special for the first 30 minutes, but thereafter the Nomads found it difficult to cope with their direct long ball approach and were severely punished for defensive lapses. Losing Michael Robinson was a major blow and his probable absence along with the suspension of Ricky Evans, will stretch the Nomads squad over the next few games.”
Macca’s comments give more than a hint to the Nomads likely line-up against Airbus. In the previous round, the Nomads youngsters excelled in a 3-1 victory at Rhyl and with the squad resources being severely stretched ahead of next weekend’s important trip to Port Talbot, I think we can expect a fairly youthful Nomads line-up. Airbus manager Andy Preece is also likely to rotate his squad ahead of their weekend trip to Carmarthen, but he has a larger and more experienced squad to choose from.
Only 5 miles separate the Nomads and Airbus, but on Friday, both had their best attendances of this season so far. Despite the Welsh Premier Leagues short sighted decision to schedule the home and away games of these local rivals to coincide, a combined attendance of 938 turned out. Hopefully, supporters will again turn out in numbers for this first of the season 'local derby' Cup tie at the Deeside Stadium.