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Gareth OwenGARETH Owen is confident his Airbus UK players can still snatch the sixth Welsh Premier League spot from rivals Prestatyn.
The Wingmakers are currently seventh and they have two games left – both against Bala Town – to secure a top-six place before the mid-season split comes into force.
Head coach Owen reckons Prestatyn, the team currently occupying sixth spot, should be wary of the improving Wingmakers.
“We’re right in form at the right time,” said the former Wrexham midfielder to the Flintshire Chronicle. “If we beat Bala twice, I think we’re there.”
Under the stewardship of Owen and manager Craig Harrison, Airbus have improved gradually as the campaign has wore on, posting four wins from the last five league games.
Prestatyn are two points ahead of Airbus and they have three games left to play before the split, rather than two.
But Owen insisted: “The pressure is on Prestatyn. They’ve got the points in the bag but I’ve been in that position before, when you’re looking over your shoulder, and it’s not nice.”
Airbus travel to fifth-placed Bala on Boxing Day before playing the return fixture at the Airfield on January 2 (both matches kick-off at 2.30pm).
Defender Gavin Cadwallader is expected to recover from a hamstring injury in time for both games.
Prestatyn face a testing home and away double-header against second-placed Bangor City over the festive period. They play Nev Powell’s men live on S4C next Tuesday – the last game to be played at Bangor’s Farrar Road stadium – before the return match at Bastion Road on January 2. They then host Neath in a rearranged match on January 7.