Airbus assistant manager Andy Thomas is happy to believe that last weekend’s heavy home defeat to Aberystwyth down was a ‘one-off’.

The Wingmakers were downed 5-1 at home at The Airfield, the club’s heaviest defeat since returning to the Welsh top-flight in the summer.

And Thomas hopes lessons have been learned from the result ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Penybont.

“We didn’t play very well at all on the day,” said Thomas.

“In terms of our own performance levels, we were way off the standards we’d set in games earlier in the season.

“Maybe it was a bit of a complacent mindset from the players, that they thought were just going to turn up for the game and win.

“Obviously you can’t do that in this league and it was a bad day all round for us.

“We didn’t compete in key areas and we struggled which hasn’t been the case in other games this season.

“Hopefully it’s a one-off and the players can learn from it and move on. We’re looking forward to getting back on the pitch on Saturday to try to put things right.”

Successive defeats have left Airbus 10th in the Cymru Premier table, registering just three wins from their 13 league games to date.

Fellow newly-promoted side Penybont lie four points behind them, and Thomas says his Airbus players should seize the chance to put more daylight between themselves and the Bridgend club.

He added: “The mentality will be better. Last weekend showed that we can’t afford to take any team in this league lightly.

“Penybont are a good team and we know we’ll have to be at our best to win a difficult game.

“They’ve competed well against some big teams in this league even if some results haven’t gone their way.

“Yes, it would be good to put more distance between us and them but we’re not looking too much at the league table at this point.

“All we’re focused on is getting three points and playing the type of football that’s seen us compete with the best teams in the league this season.”

Penybont have shown their battling qualities in recent weeks in narrow 3-2 defeats to Cefn Druids and reigning champions The New Saints.

And Rhys Griffiths’ side will head north buoyed by a hard-earned point at Cardiff Met last weekend, where Kosta Georgievsky bagged a 93rd minute leveller for the visitors.

Airbus are hopeful that Ryan Edwards will be available after injury, with defender Jordan Evans set for a late fitness test.

Defender Liam Williams serves a one-game suspension after his sending off against Aberystwyth last weekend.