AIRBUS UK Broughton have endured their most disappointing week of the season so far, but boss Craig Harrison isn’t worried.
The Wingmakers manager was left frustrated on Friday when the then bottom-of-the- table Welshpool caused the season’s first upset at the Airfield, going away with a 2-1 win.
Mark Lloyd-Williams was again on target, but his strike proved too little too late.
Airbus have made a great start to the season, proving a match for Llanelli, Rhyl and TNS in the opening weeks, which added to their disappointment.
“It was a poor performance on Friday for the first hour,” said Harrison. “In the last half-hour we did well but it’s too late when you’re 2-0 down. It’s too easy to play when you’re getting beat, you’ve got to go and play when it’s 0-0.”
Yet the former Middlesbrough full-back was magnanimous in defeat.
He said: “To be fair to Welshpool, they’ve come and done their homework and they’ve matched us all over the pitch. It would have been undeserved if they hadn’t taken anything from the game because they worked so hard. All credit to them.”
And tomorrow’s opponents Prestatyn won’t make things any easier for the Wingmakers – they have only lost one of their last six games and that was to champions Rhyl. The match at Bastion Road kicks off at 7.30pm.
“They’ve started the season well so it will be a tough game.”
“I think Prestatyn will approach the game very much like Welshpool did and get in our faces early doors.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game; it’s going to be a battle and our lads had better get used to it.”
Harrison again rang the changes when his already-eliminated side went to Rhyl in their final Loosemore Challenge Cup match of the season, and slumped to a 4-0 defeat.
The cup was used primarily for Harrison to test players on the verge of the first team, and one man stood out more than most.
“Paul McManus did well last night,” said the boss. “He was one of the better players and he has been one of the better players in the cup games. Unfortunately, he just hasn’t had the chance, but he’s done himself no harm at all.”
Carl Owen, Danny Desormeaux and Andy Mitchell will all be absent for tomorrow’s match.