Kick off:19:30 Friday, 22nd Sept 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Mark Petch
<1> Connah's Quay Nomads have beaten Airbus UK in the Principality Welsh Premier League 3-2 in an amazing game at the Airfield.
Two injury time goals from former Rhyl players, the inspirational skipper Marc Limbert (92nd) and centre-back Chris Taylor, his first for the club, (94th) gave Nev Powell's men the points to sink the hearts of the home side.
The Nomads made the breakthrough after quarter of an hour when Right Back, Dave Swanick took his chance well following good work by Tommy Mutton down the left to give the Westenders the lead. They couldn't sustain it however, as just two minutes before the break the Wingmakers responded with an equaliser for striker Nathan Mapletoft after a mix-up in the Nomads defence by Gary Pinch and a mistake by Paul Smith. The score remained one apiece at the break.
Airbus were on top in the second period and deserved their lead, when almost half way into the second period Ryan Crawford struck and they looked as though they would be earning an excellent victory, but there always the threat of a late comeback after the home side were reduced to ten men following an off the ball incident. Sub Ryan Crawford was alleged to have hit Nomads Centre Back, Chris Williams and the dismissal gave the visitors the optimism to push for the equaliser. After intense pressure, there was the double late salvo from Limbert and then Taylor. The Nomads skipper, Limbert struck another excellent left foot piledriver into the bottom corner and after the Nomads threw everything but the kitchen sink to get the winner, a frantic clearance fell in the path of Taylor and he fired home. Nomads Secretary Bobby Hunter said after the game "it was a great result for us on the road and I feel sorry for Airbus as they gave us a great game, but I always think if you score three goals away from home, you deserve to win the game."
Gareth Owen made two changes from last weeks credible draw at Caersws with Steve Futcher and David Hughes replacing Roy Cardus and Ryan Maloney, who were both named as subs. Meanwhile, Nev Powell made three changes from the side that were beaten 4-0 by Champions TNS last week with Gary Lovell and Gary Pinch coming in to steady the back five, replacing Stuart Cooke and Tommy Harrison respectively and in the other change, one former Everton youngster, Craig Garside, replaced another as Christian Seargeant dropped to the bench.
The Nomads victory elevates them to seventh position for at least overnight. One man missing from the Nomads squad was striker Calvin Davies, who has returned to Welshpool just a month after joining the Nomads after failing to secure a regular spot.