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Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DR

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v BENLLECH 7TH OCTOBER

Benllech on the receiving end of an emphatic Airbus triumph.


Airbus completed an inspired 16-0 routing against Benllech on a glorious autumn afternoon.


The away side started with a different formation as coach Arrowsmith opted for a more attacking style of play. Smith, Dolman and Twohig played at the back together for the first time, with Scammell pushing up just behind Williams and Goodall. Fuller made her full debut up front with Lees, completing the line-up were Prytherch and Hyndman out on the wings.


The goals flowed from start to finish with a collection of players putting their names on the score sheet. It is not often you can boast three hatrick heroes in one team, let alone three in one match. Lees went one better picking up four goals and player of the match for all her efforts. Hyndman and Williams completed the exultant trio.


Williams had put the Wingmakers up within minutes of the game kicking off as Hyndman crossed the ball into the box and Williams timing her run brilliant hit the ball first time in to the back of the net.


Minutes later Williams turned provider as the roles were reversed, playing a through ball down the wing for Hyndman to run onto, carry into the box and shoot low and hard to double the score.


The goals came in thick and fast with Hyndman bagging her hatrick, Goodall, Lees and Fuller all adding to the score line before the break. What was key to the performance was the passing play of Airbus and their relentless onslaught on the Benllech defence.


The Benllech goal was peppered throughout the first half as shots were being fired in from all angles and distances. Walden was left redundant in the Airbus goal as she touched the ball just once in the first 45 minutes. Whenever Smith, Twohig and Dolman were called upon they swept everything away with ease and efficiency.


The Wingmakers were eight up at half time and still wanted more, but was keen to ensure they lost no respect for their opposition. Walden was given a chance up front as Fuller gave way for her and Friend returned in goal.


It did not take long for the new forward to find her striking boots as she joined the score sheet with a sliding shot which just ventured in at the far post. With the away side fast approaching double figures Arrowsmith decided to give Hyndman and Goodall a well-earned rest with Shute and McKeogh coming on to replace them.


The Wingmakers continued to bombard the Benllech goal with crosses, through balls and quick wing play causing all sorts of problems for the home side’s defence. Lees soon added three more to her goal in the first half to lay claim to the match ball, as well as Hyndman. The first hit with force from a cross, the second crawling in after what seemed like an eternity and the final goal scored after running through on goal.


Prytherch was next to get involved in the goal action getting herself on the score card half was through the second half as her hard work eventually paid off.


Although the frontline of Airbus were seeing plenty of the ball, their defence was also called in to action more as the game opened up as Airbus pushed players forward, but Smith, Twohig and Dolman were equal to the task and never looked like conceding.


To round off not only a dominant performance but a resounding one at that Shute and McKeogh bagged themselves their first goals in Airbus colours. Shute was played through on the left hand side, bringing the ball into the area before scoring across the face of goal. McKeogh opted for the cheeky lob over the goal keeper to bring a wide smile to her face as her teammates celebrated exuberantly.


To finish off the fine performance Williams scored a brace in the final five minutes to ensure she too got her first hatrick for the Wingmakers.


Every single player on the Airbus team had a huge role to play in this definitive win, and having been on the reverse side of this result in the past they celebrated with style and dignity. It was a performance they can all be hugely proud of. With a break from league football through October they will be hoping to build on this result in their up and coming friendlies against stronger opposition.


Player of the match: Becky Lees


Airbus: Walden, Twohig, Smith, Dolman, Prytherch, Goodall, Scammell, Williams, Hyndman, Fuller and Lees. Subs: Friend, Shute and McKeogh.