THE dreaded manager of the month curse struck Andy Preece as Airbus UK Broughton’s downturn in form continued last Friday.
Preece, named the top Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League boss for October before the clash at Bangor City, watched his side go down to a 2-0 defeat which extended their losing run in all competitions to three matches.
The loss to second-placed Bangor meant fourth-placed Airbus slipped further behind the top three.
It also meant that their lead over the two teams directly below them was cut to just two points.
Preece has always maintained that a top-six finish – and not a title push – represents his main ambition.
Teams who are sixth and above at the mid-season split will be safe from relegation and will be left to battle it out for the European places on offer.
Preece knows the Wingmakers have work to do to ensure they claim a top-six spot for the first time in the club’s history.
But he also believes their performance against 2011 champions Bangor proves they are becoming a match for the best sides in the league.
“We’re causing the top teams a lot of problems,” said Preece, who was forced to field an unfit Aaron Morrison in goals after his request to sign a keeper outside of the transfer window was turned down by the league.
“I was disappointed we didn’t get anything because we played really well in the first half.
“We created a lot of chances, which is very difficult to do against a side like Bangor, and I think 2-1 at half-time would have been a fairer reflection.
“We lost our concentration at the start of the second half and they punished us, like a top team does in that situation.”
Former Chester FC striker Chris Simm – the league’s leading scorer – and James Brewerton netted within eight minutes of the start of the second half for Bangor.
Airbus host Port Talbot Town on Saturday (2.30pm).
Preece will have number one Ben Chapman back from suspension.
Striker Steve Connor, meanwhile, has left for Conwy Borough.