Date: Thu 03 Jul 2014

Preece Pleased with Europa League Preparation

EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND

AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON V FK HAUGESUND

Venue: Nantporth, Bangor
Date: Thursday, 3 July
Kick-off: 18:45

Coverage: Updates on BBC Radio Wales Sport and report on the BBC Sport website

Manager Andy Preece believes Airbus UK Broughton are better prepared

Manager Andy Preece believes Airbus UK Broughton are better prepared

Manager Andy Preece believes Airbus UK Broughton are better prepared for this season's Europa League campaign.

Airbus, appearing in the Europa League for the second successive season after finishing as Welsh Premier runners-up, face FK Haugesund on Thursday.

Preece's side were knocked out at the first qualifying round stage last season, losing on away goals to Latvia's Ventspils.

"I truly believe we've got a chance," he said ahead of Thursday's first leg.

"Our preparation has been better than last year. We felt we didn't get enough meaningful games before we played Ventspils.

"We lacked that little bit of sharpness and we thought if we'd had that we would have got through."

Our preparation has been better than last year. We felt we didn't get enough meaningful games before we played Ventspils


With their Airfield ground at Broughton not meeting Uefa requirements, they played last season's home games at Wrexham's Racecourse.

But with the Racecourse unavailable due to pitch improvements being made, Airbus will host Norwegians Haugesund at Bangor's Nantporth.

"We've had some good results at Bangor in recent times - it's a place we're comfortable with playing at," Preece added.

"The atmosphere could be that little bit more intense so there's a lot of positives and the pitch is absolutely fantastic as well."

Haugesund finished third in last season's Eliteserien, but are 14th in the table this season after two wins in 13 games.

But the Norwegian side, who will be making their Europa League debut, have won three of their past four matches in all competitions.