Things are hotting up at the top

Andy Preece
Gary Pritchard

Gary Pritchard

Sunday, 28 Oct 2012, 19:32

Things are hotting up at the top of the Welsh Premier League with three different teams taking a turn at the top in the space of 48 hours!

At the start of the season many pundits had predicted a relatively easy run for The New Saints as they set about defending their title.

With the demise of Neath and Llanelli’s problems mounting, not many experts were looking beyond Bangor City as title challengers, but as it turns out we may well have the most exciting and hard fought title battle in years.

After losing unexpectedley against Newtown at Park Hall a fortnight ago, there was another shock awaiting The Saints anf their manager, Craig Harrison, as he visited his former club, Airbus, on Friday.

Chris Budrys bagged a brace and a victory which saw the Wingmakers grab the three points required to leap above The Saints to the Welsh Premier League summit.

But despite the scenes of jubilation at The Airfield at the final whistle, Budrys admitted the club was not getting carried away: “The top six is still our aim,” he told Sgorio.

“Yes, it’s fantastic to be top, but we’re not going to kid ourselves. Our mission is to get in the top six

Down the road in Connah’s Quay, Bangor City could have gone top had the Citizens added nine goals to their goal difference column … as it turned out, Bangor only (!) scored six goals and Neville Powell’s team had to settle on being the filling in the Airbus and TNS sandwich, ending the evening in second place.

But Powell was also quick to recognise that the battle at the top was a great refelction on the league.

“It’s probably the most competitive it’s been for the last five or six years and you can see that with everybody beating each other.

“It’s really good for Welsh football and can only be good news for the league,” he added.

Having watched the action unfold on Friday night, Prestatyn travelled south on Saturday knowing that a victory at bottom of the table Afan Lido would see them dislodge Airbus after just 19 hours at the top.

Desite the Seasiders going 3-0 up, the Lido battled back to 2-3 causing all sorts of problems and headaches for Neil Gibson’s men, but fortunately for the boys from Bastion Gardens, a late David Hayes goal settled the nerves and ensured the trip back up the A470 was a happy one.

“It was important to win today,” Gibson told Sgorio. “Especially after losing so heavily (against Airbus) last week.

“Finishing in the top six is still the key for us, and then building on that after the break.”