AIRBUS UK Broughton director of football Andy Preece has branded the decision not to stage tonight’s Welsh Premier League Word Cup semi-finals at neutral grounds or over two legs as a ‘farce.’
Airbus will bid to reach the final of the competition for the first time in their history by winning their last-four tie at The New Saints (7.45pm).
The Wingmakers beat the full-timers in the league just two weeks ago.
But Preece believes his side will be ‘massive underdogs’ after their opponents this evening were handed home advantage in last Wednesday’s draw.
The Saints play their home games on an artificial pitch.
Preece said: “It makes a farce of the competition. We’ve worked really hard to get through to the semi-finals and now we’ve got to play away from home and on an artificial pitch.
“We’ve got to take it on the chin as there’s not a lot we can do but, for me, it’s just poor. I can’t think of another competition that gives home advantage in a semi-final. It’s so disappointing.
“It would have been the same if we’d been drawn at home. We would have had the advantage as TNS do not play on grass every week.
“But we will go there and give it a good go. We’ve got nothing to lose. TNS are the overwhelming favourites now while we’re the massive underdogs.”
Tonight’s other semi-final sees Carmarthen Town host Llanelli.
It was Carmarthen who ended Airbus’ nine-game unbeaten run when they won Saturday’s league meeting between the teams at Richmond Park 2-1.
Top scorer Steve Abbott had brought the Wingmakers level when he tapped in his ninth goal of the campaign from substitute Ryan Wade’s cross.
Airbus, who slipped to fourth as a result of the defeat, are without a league match this weekend.
Debutant Robbie Booth, signed on a month’s loan from Chester FC, was unable to stop Vauxhall Motors from losing a closely fought clash 2-0 at home to Brackley Town on Saturday.
Brackley’s win moved them back above Chester at the top of the Blue Square Bet North while a third straight defeat for Motors meant they slipped to 15th.
Vauxhall’s losing run continued on Tuesday when they went down 4-0 at FC Halifax Town.
Motors, for whom substitute Mark Winslade was sent off, welcome league rivals and FA Cup giantkillers Harrogate Town to Rivacre Park on Saturday for a FA Trophy third qualifying round tie (3pm).