GEORGE PEERS gave Airbus something to celebrate after they were beaten 6-2 at The New Saints.

Peers became the Wingmakers’ latest academy graduate when he replaced Alex Darlington just after the hour mark at Park Hall.

And Peers, left, needed just eight minutes to find the net, before he added his side’s second soon after.

Airbus assistant boss Andrew Thomas saluted Peers, saying: “It’s great for us and George has proved he’s a really good talent.

“We rate him highly and it was great to see him get two chances and score two goals.

“We are proud of him and hopefully this is just the start.”

Peers wasn’t the only academy graduate that earned the praise of Thomas, who added: “Lewis Hall did very well in goal, as well, making some great saves.”

Ultimately, Peers’ double counted for little as Greg Draper struck four times, including a “harsh” penalty, with Dean Ebbe and Chris Marriott bookending the Saints’ scoring.

“They are the best team we’ve played this season,” said Thomas. “They were very good and caused us a lot problems.

“We knew it was going to be tough and we found ourselves 4-0 down at half-time.

“We told the lads to go out there and express themselves and we drew the second-half 2-2, which is pleasing.”

Saints boss Scott Ruscoe was pleased to see his side return to winning ways in style, saying: "Performances have been six or seven out of 10 and today it was an eight. From start to finish we dominated the game. The passing, movement and chances created we were back to our best, and we could have had 10."