THERE'S been a major blow for Airbus UK Broughton ahead of the start of their competitive season.

Attacker Oli Lanceley, a key figure during the Cymru North title-winning season, could be out for the campaign.

Lanceley suffered a knee injury during the Wingmakers' recent friendly loss at Hyde United.

Airbus boss Steve O'Shaughnessy said: "He is waiting for a scan but it looks like he is going to be out for the season.

"That kills us a little bit, plus with Adam (Davies) out with a broken leg.

"We are still on the lookout for players.

"We are just looking for the right ones."

Opening the campaign for Airbus is Sunday's trip to Gresford Athletic in the Welsh League Cup.

"They have got two competitive games under their belts," added O'Shaughnessy.

"We played them in pre-season and we know what they're about.

"We know the team and know the squad they have got."

Gresford boss Eddie Maurice-Jones said: "It's a good time to come.

"We want to keep this momentum in the league, but this allows lads who have done well in pre-season to get some minutes."

Gresford beat Airbus in a pre-season friendly, but Maurice-Jones stressed: "I don't read too much into friendlies, but we played well.

"It's like a free game (this weekend).

"They will come knowing what we were like a few weeks ago.

"It's great it's at home and we will have to be at our best.

"If we perform to our strengths, we will ask questions and create chances.

"But Airbus are full of quality.

"The main key for us is to be sensible and to look after the ball."

Tonight, it's an all-Cymru North clash in the cup as Cefn Druids host Buckley Town.

Boss Neil Ashton has described Druids' start to the season as "positive" as he looks to strengthen the squad prior to the closing of the transfer window.

Plenty of teenagers have been used in both of the starting line-ups so far and Ashton said: "There's been lots of positives from both games."

Looking ahead to tonight's tie at home to Buckley, he added: "It will be a tough game.

"They have started really well and confidence will be high.

"We are hoping to get a few more players across the line with international clearance.

"We're not naive enough to say we're going to win the cup.

"But it gives a chance for players to stake a claim for a place in the first team."

Manager Dan Moore has been pleased with how performances have been so far for his Buckley Town side - and he will be looking for more of the same at The Rock this evening.

"We want to continue to improve and make sure we don't become complacent," said Moore.

"We will just look at this game like any other game.

"We are looking forward to it."

Moore is hoping to get a couple of new signings over the line prior to the end of the week.

As well as the winning start, one other positive has been the appearance of Jake Roberts, who made his first appearance of the season in a 10-minute showing at Prestatyn.