ANDREW THOMAS hasn’t ruled out a seventh placed top-flight finish for Airbus - but he knows the Wingmakers must end their current poor form quickly for that to happen.

Injury, illness and suspension have caused havoc for Airbus on their return to the Cymru Premier and a run of six successive defeats in all competitions has seen them drop into the relegation zone and exit the Welsh Cup.

Airbus have conceded 23 goals in those half-a-dozen outings, including 12 against The New Saints, with only two coming at the other end.

But assistant boss Thomas is refusing to panic with only 11 points separating Airbus and seventh placed Cardiff Met with half the season still to play.

“If you look at the table and it’s quite close between a few teams,” said Thomas. “If we can start picking up victories we can try and finish seventh.

“We can focus on the league now we are out of the Welsh Cup, but we’ve got to start picking up points and performances have got to be better than they have been in the last few weeks.”

Captain Steve Tomassen, Ryan Edwards and Dave Roberts could all return for tonight’s trip to Caernarfon, although Jake Phillips and George Hughes are to miss out through suspension.

Thomas adding: “We haven’t had a fully fit squad since Newtown.”

Sam Hart, who captained Airbus in the absence of Tomassen, insists that hard work is the only way of getting out of the current rut.

“We are a team, regardless if we aren’t scoring or we are conceding we need to find a way between us to overcome this rut that we are in,” he told Wingmakers Chat.

“The only way of getting out of the rut is by working hard, sticking together and doing the basics right.

“We have quality in the side so at some point our lucks got to change, something to ignite us and get us going again.

“The feeling at the moment is that we aren’t getting the rub of the green.”

Victory for Caernarfon will take them to 30 points - the figure usually needed to be in the top-six come the split.

But boss Sean Eardley said: “I know about the magic 30, but I think it’s going to be more than that this year and the fight is going to go right down to the wire.

Rock-bottom Carmarthen, three points adrift of Airbus, head to Newtown tomorrow, while Cardiff Met host Aberystwyth.