Airbus assistant manager Andy Thomas believes the club’s current crop of young talent have ‘big potential’ to advance in the game.

Thomas was reflecting on the Airbus U19s impressive 3-2 victory over Wrexham U19s in the Welsh Youth Cup.

Wingmakers striker George Peers netted a hat-trick in the win at Colliers Park, which saw the Flintshire side advance into the competition’s third round.

Peers is among several Airbus youth players to have turned out for the senior side in the last two seasons, and Thomas is delighted with their progress.

“George is a great talent and he’s one of the lads who’ve done well when they’ve been given a chance with the first -team,” he said.

“He’s trained with our first team regularly and I think that’s helped to improve him as a player and his standards are higher now.

“There’s also lads like Oli Lanceley, Sam McCormick and Owen Payne who’ve also done really well in the last couple of years. They’re progressing all the time. There’s big potential there for them to get better and better in the future.”

The defeat certainly brought Wrexham down to earth with a bang following their success in the FA Youth Cup.

Dan Nolan’s side triumphed 5-3 at Long Eaton United to reach the second round of the competition.

Jake Bickerstaff, who has featured in the first team this season, scored twice with Calum Huxley, Sam Williams and Luke Urey also on target.

The young Reds will travel to either Lincoln City or Rushall Olympic, who meet tomorrow, in the next round.

Peers fired Mark Cowan’s Airbus ahead after 27 minutes of their cup clash, converting from the penalty spot after a foul in in the box by Ryan Austin.

Wrexham rallied and were back on terms soon after when full back Jamie Nash’s low effort found the bottom corner of the net.

With the scores level at half-time, Airbus emerged for the second-half strongly and restored their lead three minutes after the restart when Peers finished from close range.

It was 3-1 on 71 minutes when Peers’ low effort went under Reds stopper Ben Tinkley.

Wrexham were thrown a lifeline on 80 minutes when Bobby Beaumont powerfully headed home and the Reds gave themselves a great chance levelling when Beaumont was fouled inside the area.

But Bickerstaff’s spot kick flew over the crossbar, although encroachment into the area meant the kick had to be retaken.

This time Airbus keeper James Worman pulled off a great save to prevent extra-time.

It was a great day for Flintshire Junior League duo Chirk AAA and in particular Mynydd Isa Spartans, who also advanced to the third round draw.

Spartans made the 300-mile round trip to Newcastle Emlyn worthwhile with a stunning 6-2 victory.

Kobie Betts and Adam Woosey both hit doubles with Callum Bennett and Harri Mitchell also on the scoresheet.

Chirk made the shorter trip to Bala and returned down the A5 with an impressive 3-2 win. Harry Jones scored twice with Leighton Kendrick bagging the other.

Connah’s Quay Nomads progressed with a 5-0 victory at Flint Town United, where Charlie Holland (2), Caleb Rose, Levent Gundogan and Max Moore were on the scoresheet.

Cefn Druids were eliminated in a 3-1 reverse at Caernarfon Town.

After falling behind in the cup clash, Josh Hughes levelled for Druids.

Ben Edwards, back in goal for the visitors following Ollie Hague’s red card last week, was twice beaten again as the hosts went through.

Llandudno were 8-1 winners at home to Llanidloes Town while Aberystwyth Town were downed 2-1 at home to Taff’s Well.