Buckley Town vs Mold Alex

A game Buckley Town were reasonably comfortable in for the first 40 mins. Whilst they did not create any clear-cut chances, they had created several half chances, along with a couple of good passing moves that did not have the finish they deserved. Scott, Paul, Chiz, Joe and Rumsey all had sights at goal, with none really testing the Mold Alex keeper.

For 40 minutes Mold Ales had mainly resorted to kicking Buckley Town players and giving away a plethora of fouls which resulted in 3 of their players being shown yellow cards for persistent fouls. Buckley were poor from the resulting set pieces, really failing to take advantage of the numerous free kicks they had.

Despite shading the first half, without really doing anything to warrant taking the lead themselves, a mad 5 minutes from the 40th to the 45th minute saw Buckley Town go in 3-0 down.

Second half Buckley chased but again did not really do enough to get back into the game. The half passed by without any real action, Mold Alex broke away to get a 4th before Buckley Town really gave it a go.

With 15 minutes to go Buckley Town had the ball a good 6 yards over the line, with the keeper stood in the back of the net when he cleared it but the ref didn’t see it. A powerful Scott Davies header from one of the few set pieces Buckley got right gave Mold Alex a little scare but it was all too little too late.

At the end of the day, a fair result on the basis that Mold Alex took chances, battled harder and wanted it more than Buckley. Despite an OK first 40 minutes Buckley did not do enough during that period and whilst the last 15 mins was better, on the whole they did not do enough to really feel the result was unfair.

After the performance and result two weeks ago in the first Derby, this was a very disappointing and frustrating Derby day.

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Prestatyn vs Buckley Town

Buckley Town were at it from the start of this game, much in the same way as they took the game to Gresford Athletic from the start, and they looked all the better for it. They stamped their dominance on the game from the first minute and it was always Buckley Town that looked the more likely to score right up till the ninetieth.

The first real opportunity to score came from the penalty spot and with it came the first controversial decision in the game. Shaun Tinsley burst through the Prestatyn defence only to be hauled down in the box. Penalty most certainly but then the referee brandished his red card, not yellow. Now most spectators around the ground, as well as the Prestatyn players and staff were somewhat bemused by this, because the laws of the game have changed this season. Prior to this year it would have been today’s outcome, given the circumstances. Last man, penalty, off. This year the rule reads, “A foul on a running striker committed by the last man of the defence will no longer result in a direct red card and suspension, unless the foul is violent or consists in a hand-ball in the box. As long as the foul is judged to be an honest attempt at taking the ball, the defender will only be shown a yellow card.” The foul was not violent, he did not handball and it was an honest attempt at a tackle. The decision should have been a yellow card and penalty.

As usual Aled Bellis strode up to take the penalty. Unusually he missed as the keeper managed to save and Prestatyn cleared the ball away.

What followed was the second controversial decision of the game. Josh Jones went up for a ball in midfield with a Prestatyn player. They came down together, got up, dusted themselves down and got on with the game. The assistant referees’ flag then went up and the game was brought to a stop. The officials conferred and then the red card was out again, brandished this time to Josh Jones of Buckley. Again, there was bemusement from all around both pitch and the side-lines as no one but the assistant referee knew why such a decision was made. Allegedly, Josh Jones had kicked out at his opponent whilst on the floor. Neither player saw it that way, so why did the assistant referee?

The game carried on with both sides down to ten men and Buckley continued to dominate. Their high press kept them in the ascendancy but we had to wait till near half time for Adam Eden to break the deadlock. Put in down the left flank he went on one of his powerful runs. To shouts of “he’s all right foot” he fainted left and then cut in on his right and drilled a shot into the top corner with, you guessed it, that right foot.

It was not long after the break that Shaun Tinsley kept up his fine scoring run with another to make it 2-0 and at last Buckley could relax somewhat but continued with their passing game and looked to penetrate a tiring Prestatyn at every opportunity.

Prestatyn’s only real chance of the game came from the penalty spot when keeper Joe Makaruk got caught with the ball at his feet in the box and whilst he desperately tried to recover brought the Prestatyn player down. He made amends in the best possible way by saving the penalty and it remained 2-0.

The ever-impressive pace of Aron Williams got Buckley behind Prestatyn’s defence again. He crossed into the box and onto the head of Adam Eden who powered the ball home for 3-0.

Buckley made their changes in quick succession with Chris Roberts on in the centre of the park for new Dad Phill Molyneux, Jake Roberts on for Adam Eden and Ryan Jones for Shaun Tinsley.

The chances kept coming as Aron Williams down the right and Dylan and Jake Roberts down the left continued to raid the flanks. With some better-timed runs and better finishing the score could have been much higher. In the end we had to wait till the ninetieth minute for Ryan Jones to get his first league goal of the season, with a fine right footed strike from outside the box, that was simply too powerful for the keeper to keep out.

Four goals, a clean sheet, three points, up to tenth in the league and much to be happy about. The key will now be consistency and we will look for that starting next week when we entertain Porthmadog at the Globe next Saturday.

Point of Ayr Vets vs Buckley Town

Buckley Town Vets had a great start to the season with an away win at Point of Ayr Vets.

Neil Wynne opened the scoring on 26 minutes but had to wait till the 70th minute to bag his second when he scored a great goal lobbing the keeper.

Mike Cooper rounded off the scoring on 75 minutes for a 3-0 victory that sees the Vets joint top of the league after the first round of games.

In the other games Halkyn Vets thumped Caerwys Vets 6-0 so they lead the pack on goals difference. Rhewl Vets were due to play Shotton Steel but we have not heard yet if the game went ahead as planned. Ruthin Town play Gresford and Pandy Vets today.