Abbott just can't stop scoring for the Airmen


Tom Norris

Steve Abbott was the star of the show for the second week running as his hat-trick helped Airbus to a 5-1 triumph over Aberystwyth.

Former Wrexham striker Abbott rewrote the Airbus' record books as he became the first man to net more than one hat-trick for the club.

However, it was Ryan Wade who took the honour of the game's star player as he had a hand in all five of his team's goals, capping a superb performance with the final strike.

It took just 13 minutes for Wade and Abbott to work their magic, the former seeing his cross deflected into the path of his team mate and he poked home from close range.

Glenn Rule, Michael Roddy and Wade all went close to extending the home side's lead, but neither could increase the advantage prior to the break.

It took just three minutes of the second period for Airbus to stretch their lead as Wade found Wayne Riley and the midfielder headed home.

Wade presented Abbott with an equally gifted wrapped chance just after the hour mark and the striker made no mistake, tapping into an empty net.

That same combination brought about the fourth goal for Andy Preece's side, Wade crossing for Abbott to complete the easiest hat-trick of his career.

Ian Kearney and Wade both had chances to score, but it was Aber who finally got on the scoresheet as Jordan Follows' shot was adjudge to have crossed the goal line.

Fittingly Wade had the final say of the afternoon as he fired a low shot that slipped through the grasp of Aber stopper James Wood.

The victory for Airbus moved them above Flintshire rivals Gap Connah's Quay, who suffered a 4-1 defeat at Prestatyn Town on Friday.

Nomads made the brighter start, but it was Prestatyn who opened the scoring as Michael Parker netted after Paul O'Neill had knocked down a corner from Ross Stephens.

Danny Dobbins went close to levelling matters from Mike Thompson's free-kick, and Quay were made to pay six minutes before the break.

O'Neill was again the creator as he lofted the ball into the penalty area and Andy Parkinson fired past John Rushton.

There was little Nomads could do about Prestatyn's two goals after the break as Stephens converted two free-kicks from around 25-yards.

Nomads did have the final say on the stroke of full-time as Rhys Healey came off the bench to further enhance his growing reputation with his fifth goal of the campaign.

Prestatyn's success saw them keep pace with table topping The New Saints.

Saints stayed top of the league thanks to a comfortable 5-0 triumph over 10-man Port Talbot.

Alex Darlington had already put the men from Park Hall in front before Port Talbot had Paul Keddle sent-off.

Darlington added a second from the spot three minutes later and he wrapped up his hat-trick after Chris Seargeant had netted a third.

Ex-Chester favourite Michael Wilde completed the rout with a fifth on 61 minutes.

Wilde's former team mate at Chester, Chris Simm, scored the only goal of the game as Bangor City won 1-0 at Carmarthen Town.

Bala Town continued their climb up the table with a 4-1 win over Llanelli, who were forced to deny rumours that player/manager Andy Legg and assistant Steve Jenkins resigned prior to kick-off.

A Mark Connolly free-kick, Kenny Lunt and Ian Sheridan scored to leave Bala three goals to the good at the hour mark.

Stephen Brown was dismissed shortly after Sheridan's goal to leave Bala with 10-men, but Llanelli took until the 89th minute to find the net through Martin Rose.

Bala had the final say of the game as Lewis Codling netted in the last minute.

Newtown were also winners as they beat Afan Lido by the odd goal in five.

Steve Blenkinsop and Zac Evans' penalty were cancelled out by Lido's Kieran Howard and Paul Evans, but Newtown grabbed a winner as Mark Jones put through his own net.

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