ANDREW THOMAS saluted a 'job well done' as Airbus were crowned champions and secured a welcome return to the top-flight.

The Wingmakers were able to wrap up the title with games to spare as they brushed aside Holywell Town 4-0 and nearest challengers Flint Town United were beaten 2-1 at Buckley Town.

Assistant boss Thomas insisted that the Wingmakers, led by manager Steve O'Shaughnessy, had achieved their two-year plan by stylishly wrapping up the trophy.

After goals from Kristian Platt, Nathan Woolfe, Asa Hamilton and James Hooper had started the celebrations, Thomas said: "It was nice to win the league in style. We wanted to show everyone how good we are and we did that.

"We've been very good all season. We've scored the most goals, conceded the least and we've been top of the table from start to finish.

"Some of the football we've played has been outstanding and we've learned how to mix up our game when it's been needed.

"When we came down there was a two-year plan to get us back into the Welsh Premier League and we've managed to do that.

"We needed to restructure, get a new team together and get used to the different pitches we were facing and we've done a good job of that this season."

And Thomas, the rest of the Airbus coaching and backroom staff, and the close-knit group of players partied long into the night.

"I've got a bit of a sore head," admitted Thomas. "It was a good party. We stayed at the club with everyone and then headed into Chester.

"It was a great day for everyone at the club and for the club going forward."

While Airbus can enjoy the remainder of the season, it promises to be a nail-biting finish to the campaign for John Haseldin's Holywell Town.

Only rock-bottom Holyhead Hotspur, who beat 10-man Denbigh Town 2-1, won out of the bottom six, meaning defeat at the Airfield, although tough to take, was not a hammer blow.

"It is hard to take," accepted Haseldin, who showed a touch of class by delivering a bottle of Champagne to Airbus boss O'Shaughnessy.

"We want the performance to be better, but, at the end of the day, a defeat to Airbus, won't be decisive in whether we stay up or not.

"Losing to Airbus doesn't relegate you, it's what we do between now and the end of the season that will be crucial."

Haseldin also reserved praise for Airbus, adding: "We can take nothing away from them, they've been the best team in the league this season by a long way.

"People might say they should be in the Welsh Premier League, but that brings pressure and they've dealt with it very well.

"They deserve massive credit for what they've done this season."