STEVE O’SHAUGHNESSY insists finding the “right blend” will help decide Airbus’s fate in their survival battle.

A 5-3 defeat at Aberystwyth highlighted the rock-bottom Wingmakers’ problems with boss O’Shaughnessy saying: “Basic errors are costing us and that’s tough because we’ve deserved more points than we’ve got.

“But basic errors, whether that’s from us or from the officials, are hurting us and we need to find a way of cutting those out.

“We’ve been good going forward, so it’s about finding the right blend between attack and defence.

“Things have gone against us, but you make your own luck and we need to start doing that.”

O’Shaughnessy insists the mood at Airbus, who will travel down to Cardiff on Friday night ahead of their meeting with Christian Edwards’ Met on Saturday, remains positive.

“The lads are upbeat,” said O’Shaughnessy. “One win and we could be out of the relegation zone, so it’s still in our hands.”

Airbus were narrowly beaten 1-0 on their last trip to Cardiff Met, who had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Airfield.

“We’ve had two very close games with them,” said O’Shaughnessy. “We’ve produced some excellent football against them, but it’s all about results for us now.

“We are looking forward to the game, even if the pressure is on us to try and pick some points up.”

Airbus will be boosted by the return of striker Andy Owens and captain Steve Tomassen after suspension and winger Nathan Woolfe is fully fit.

Brady McGilloway will miss out as he serves the first game of a three-match ban with Jordan Evans and Curtis Strong sidelined through injury.

Penybont, a place and two points above Airbus, head to Aberystwyth on Friday night.

O’Shaughnessy’s former club, Bala, meanwhile, are relishing the chance to have their say in the title race.

Bala held The New Saints at Maes Tegid last week, a result that allowed Connah’s Quay to replace Scott Ruscoe’s men at the top of the table. And with Bala only seven points behind the leaders in third, coach Ryan Valentine won’t rule out a title push.

“Connah’s Quay going top is good for the league,” said the former Wrexham man. “

We’d still like to think we can have a say in the title race, whether that’s us going on to challenge or picking up points off the likes of TNS and Connah’s Quay. Every game in the top six is massive.

“You go to the likes of Caernarfon and Newtown and they are good sides, so even fifth and sixth place are giving people games.

“Hopefully we can have a say in the top two or three, maybe even the top one, who knows.”

Bala visit Newtown on Saturday with Barry Town United hosting Caernarfon.