The New Saints 667

V

4 - 2

Airbus UK Broughton

The New Saints v
Airbus UK Broughton

Kick off:19:45 Friday, 12 Apr 2013
at Park Hall, Oswestry
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 311

Referee: Mark Whitby

Saints too Strong for Airbus

Ryan Fraughan scored the first

Ryan Fraughan scored the first

AIRBUS UK Broughton were outclassed by newly-crowned champions The New Saints as they went down to a 4-2 defeat at Park Hall...

The Wingmakers were overpowered in the opening 25 minutes and found themselves three goals down.

There was an early chance for the Saints when Mike Wilde's close-range header went just wide of the near-post but a dubiously-awarded Ryan Fraughan free-kick took a wicked deflection and looped over the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Jamie Stephens.

The Wingmakers were forced into an early change on 14 minutes with Chris Budrys picked up a knock and was replaced with ex-TNS forward Steve Abbott.

Two minutes later they found themselves 2-0 down when Chris Jones crossed for Mike Wilde to tap home from close-range.

On 22 minutes it was 3-0 to TNS when Jones again crossed for Wilde who this time powered home a header from inside the area, with the hosts really showing their title-winning pedigree.

Understandably the Wingmakers were shell-shocked with TNS in total control and both Jones and Wilde went close again with a couple of efforts shortly after.

After the half-hour mark Airbus regained their composure and began to enjoy more of the ball without quite testing Saints' goalkeeper Paul Harrison. But, on 41 minutes, Stephens made a terrific one-handed save from a close-range Wilde header as the Wingmakers steadied the ship until half-time.

Within the opening minutes of the second half the visitors had pulled it back to 3-1, their early pressure paying off when Ian Kearney nodded home from the edge of the six-yard box from a Rule cross.

Hopes of a comeback were snuffed-out on 67 minutes when Chris Marriott drilled a low shot into the far corner of the net from just outside the area.

Airbus then replaced Glenn Rule with Michael Roddy and the sub fired home impressively with a fierce 25-yard shot to reduce the arrears.

But TNS deserved their win and Airbus look to move on quickly ahead of next week's crunch game against Bangor City.