Airbus FC beat Port Talbot Town to stay top of the league
The Wingmakers were looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season and keep their place at the top of the table going into this home fixture against Port Talbot Town.
They got off to the best possible start when, within a minute of kicking-off, the ball dropped on the edge of the area for Mike Pearson to lift over the goalkeeper and put Airbus 1-0 up.
On three minutes however, Chris Simm went into the book for Airbus after a foul on Miles John.
A goalmouth scramble on 9 minutes nearly resulted in Simm getting on the score-sheet but his strike was deflected wide.
On quarter of an hour Simm did get on the score-sheet when he burst towards the edge of the area and unleashed a fierce strike – clipping the crossbar on its way in to put Airbus 2-0 up.
The Wingmakers were worth their two-goal lead having enjoyed the majority of the ball in the early stages.
Port Talbot’s David Brooks picked up a yellow card for a trip on Lee Owens after 27 minutes with the visitors yet to really trouble the Wingmakers.
On 39 minutes Port Talbot’s Rhys Griffiths surprisingly missed the target with a free header from the corner, before they had Ryan Green booked for a late challenge.
Minutes later Simm had a shot cleared from the goalmouth by Daniel Sheehan – which proved to be the last action of the half.
At the break Port Talbot made a change with Carl Payne coming on in place of David Brooks.
The pattern of the game did not alter though with the Wingmakers still in full control and content to restrict the visitors to a more direct game.
An injury to Steven Hall saw Port Talbot change their goalkeeper after an hour as Kerry Nicholas came on in his place.
A couple of minutes later a Rhys Griffiths shot found the back of the net but was disallowed for offside.
On 67 a hooked effort from Miles John went narrowly wide as the visitors came into the game more.
The visitors’ final change came with just under 20 minutes to go when Lewis Harling was replaced with Lee John.
With quarter of an hour to remaining however, an Airbus break saw Simm play Sam Hart in on goal and he coolly slotted a shot underneath the goalkeeper to make it 3-0. Simm was then replaced with Steve Abbott as the Wingmakers made their first change.
With just over 10 minutes to go Ryan Wade carved out an opportunity for himself on the edge of the area but dragged his effort wide. At the other end a similar chance fell to the away side’s Gethin Jones.
With 8 minutes to go the Wingmakers replaced Chris Budrys with Academy starlet Zyaac Edwards – the 17 year-old having earned the opportunity with four impressive goals in a game for the Development side in midweek.
Almost immediately Edwards had an effort saved at the near-post by Nicholas.
As the game reached the last few minutes Phil Bolland replaced Ryan Wade in the Wingmakers final substitution of the afternoon. There was another goalmouth scramble which almost produced an Airbus goal but it also proved to be the last action of the game.
The Wingmakers fully deserved 3-0 win was enough to keep them top of the Welsh Premier League.
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