AIRBUS UK Broughton player-manager Gareth Owen has raided the West Cheshire League to make his first signing since the January transfer window opened.
The Wingmakers have recruited Upton AA’s former Crewe Alexandra man Matty Woodward.
Owen, who has made approaches for a number of players, said: “Matty’s big and strong but can play too, which comes from him being trained and coached right as a youngster at Crewe. He can sit in front of the back four or play right or left-back. He’ll be a good addition for us.”
The Wingmakers tomorrow pay a visit to the Welsh Premier League’s in-form team, Bangor City, on the back of a 4-1 New Year’s Day defeat at Newi Cefn Druids, in which a lack of a killer touch and poor refereeing cost them dear. Gareth Sudlow netted the only Airbus goal.
Owen, who made his comeback after injury in the game, said: “We didn’t play too badly but there’s no point crying over spilt milk and we’ve got to lift ourselves for a very difficult game at Bangor, but one which I feel we can definitely get something from.”
Key midfielder Danny Desormeaux returns from suspension.
Vauxhall Motors kicked-off 2008 on a losing note, going down 4-1 at Barrow in Blue Square North on New Year’s Day.
The victory was the Cumbrians’ second in eight days against the Motormen, who struggled to match Barrow’s early pace.
Just four minutes in, Barrow opened the scoring after Andy Bond crossed for Nick Rogan to place his effort beyond Andy Murphy from close range.
Barrow set about Motors and doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Paul Brown stepped inside his marker to unleash a low driven effort into the net.
Form players Tom Field and Paul Taylor combined to offer the Ellesmere Port side a lifeline as they exchanged quick passes before Field provided Mark Reed with a good cross, and the striker made no mistake to grab his third goal in two games.
On 49 minutes, Barrow went 3-1 up when Brown outfoxed his marker and rifled a shot into the far corner to make it 3-1. And the hosts guaranteed the points on the hour when Matt Henny latched on to a long-range pass and smashed home number four.
On Saturday, Motors had signed off for 2007 with a 2-0 home victory over Burscough. Mark Reed netted a goal in either half, his second coming just nine minutes from time.
Motors are away to Redditch United tomorrow.