AIRBUS UK Broughton have signed former Chester City and Wrexham centre-back Phil Bolland.
The arrival of the experienced Bolland, 36, who most recently played for FC Halifax Town, comes at the perfect time for Airbus boss Andy Preece as impressive on-loan centre-back Stephen Tomassen has been recalled by Wrexham
Bolland will wear the number 12 shirt at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium and is expected to be included in the squad for Saturday’s trip to second-placed Prestatyn Town (3.45pm).
The fourth-placed Wingmakers were this week denied another opportunity to haul themselves above Prestatyn going into the final weekend of the normal Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League season.
Their match at home to Afan Lido on Tuesday was postponed for the second time because of the wet weather. It has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, January 22 (7.30pm).
The postponement meant Preece and his players were unable to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Aberystwyth Town.
Former Manchester City star Andy Morrison, Preece’s assistant manager at Airbus, said: “It was very windy and a heavy pitch so it was never going to be a game for the connoisseur.
“It was always going to be a scrap and a battle and I felt we met that challenge in the first half and probably in the second half too. On reflection a 0-0 draw would have been a fairer result.
“We probably had five or six chances and they had one or two but they took theirs.
“So the most disappointing thing from our point of view was that we didn’t make the most of the chances we had.”
There were 73 minutes on the clock when in-form striker Mark Jones took a pass from Jordan Fellows and fired past Wingmakers debutant goalkeeper Jamie Stephens.
Preece also handed a debut to Luke McCarthy, a 19-year-old midfielder who has been released by Bury.
But another of his new signings, winger Reynaldo Carbon from Middlesex-based outfit Northwood, did not make it off the bench.