AIRBUS UK player-manager Gareth Owen says his struggling side are not as bad as their form suggests.
Although the Wingmakers have lost all four of their opening matches, the Broughton club's chief reckons that does not tell the whole story.
In the league, his men opened their campaign with a cruel loss to champions The New Saints and followed it with a 4-1 home defeat to Welshpool last Friday - a game in which they had a golden opportunity to go in front with just over 20 minutes to go, only for Chris Moores to fluff his penalty.
In the Loosemores Challenge Cup, Airbus have lost both of their group games, the second coming on Tuesday at Newi Cefn Druids, where they went down 3-0. In both outings, Owen fielded young line ups unrecognisable to the ones he picked for league combat.
But the boss is remaining upbeat. 'Don't get me wrong, losing four games has hurt,' said Owen. 'But I can see the positives. Against Welshpool if we had scored the penalty we would have gone 2-1 up and I would have fancied us to go on and win the game. But sometimes when you miss a chance like that confidence changes and the other team goes up the other end and scores, and that's what happened to us.
'I don't like losing any game, but we've got to accept that we may get beat in the cup because we are putting a young side out. We're doing it to give them experience for the future, but there's one or two of them who can push for a first-team place now.'
Owen will be forced to call on some of his youngsters for tomorrow's trip to Bangor (2.30pm) as captain Steve Hopkins and fellow first-teamers Dave Hughes and James Hussaney are still out.
'We have missed those lads,' said Owen, who is hoping to shake off the groin strain that kept him out of the Welshpool clash.
'We have brought new lads in and we have to give them time to settle. We haven't got the finances to buy finished articles. We've got to work within our means.'
The main threat for the Wingmakers right now is Nathan Mapletoft, who was signed from St Werburgh's in the summer, and opened his account for the club in the defeat to Welshpool.