AIRBUS UK Broughton are hoping for good news from the FA of Wales this morning as they prepare for the biggest match in the club’s history.
The Wingmakers risk losing Adam Worton to suspension for this Saturday’s Welsh Cup semi-final with Cefn Druids after the full-back was red-carded for making a professional foul in the 3-1 league victory over Newtown last Friday.
An appeal has been made and an FAW panel will review TV footage of the incident this morning before deciding whether to overturn referee Huw Jones’ decision.
Airbus are already resigned to being without striker Craig Whitfield for the Druids game after he also saw red against Newtown.
But while club officials have accepted the punishment Whitfield will receive for his lunging second-minute tackle, they are optimistic Worton will be reprieved.
Despite losing Whitfield after just two minutes, 10-man Airbus went on to fire home first-half goals from Worton, Nev Thompson and Mike Hayes.
With 10 minutes to go, Worton upended Nick Rushton as the Robins striker lined up a shot at goal and was promptly given his marching orders.
Zac Evans scored from the resulting penalty but, when viewed again in slow motion replays, Worton appears to make contact with the ball before Rushton falls under his challenge.
Skipper Glenn Rule (groin) is doubtful for Saturday’s semi-final, while keeper Niki Lee Bulmer and midfielder Ryan Edwards are definitely sidelined due to long-term injuries.
Having never before reached the last four of the Welsh Cup, Airbus are entering uncharted territory.
Preece said: “It would be a massive achievement if we made the final. It would put the club on the map.”
Huws Gray Alliance underdogs Druids have already eliminated WPL sides Prestatyn Town and Aberystwyth, while the Wingmen have accounted for Wrexham, Afan Lido and Carmarthen Town.
The tie must be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties if necessary.
The winners will face whoever comes through Saturday’s other semi between TNS and Bala Town.
Victory in the final itself would net the winning club £25,000 as well as entry to the Europa League qualifying stages.
The Airbus v Druids tie will be played on neutral territory – Rhyl’s Belle Vue stadium – and kicks-off at 12.30pm.
Admission on Saturday is £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.
Any fans wishing to travel on the Airbus supporters’ coach should contact either Stewart Roberts (07542 883923) or Phil Bailey (01244 677016).