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Airbus UK Broughton 3 Buckley Town 2

Yet again these two well matched sides put on an entertaining game that was only settled late on with Airbus running out victors.

Buckley opened the game the brightest and Jake Roberts had a good chance early on but it was Airbus that took the lead when Steve Tommasson scored after 35 minutes.

They made it two with a Sam Hart strike on 57 minutes. It looked like Airbus had done enough in easing themselves ahead and the match would pitter out but it was then turned on its head by two pieces of individual brilliance by Buckley Town players.

First, just seconds after Airbus had scored their second, centre back Chris Roberts chanced his arm from some 20 yards inside his own half. The ball sailed high but true in the wind and found Airbus keeper Dave Roberts all at sea, as he back peddled to try and desperately keep the ball out. He didn’t succeed and all of a sudden it was 2-1.

With the wind at their backs Buckley were now in the ascendancy and full of renewed hope. They won a free kick on the edge of the Airbus box and Jake Roberts stepped up and hit an absolute stunner into the top corner with a fine strike (see video).

Buckley took the game to Airbus and it looked like they would crack under the pressure. Buckley had a great shout for a penalty but the referee declined the appeal and then with Adam Eden clear in on goal the linesman raised his flag to pulled the play back. Suffice it to say, neither decision went down well with the highly vocal travelling support and they made their opinions well and truly known.

Airbus weathered the storm and if you are going to win the league, you have to find a way to win these sorts of games. Buckley pushed Airbus close earlier in the season at the Globe, only to fall behind late on in the game and so it was here. With 7 minutes remaining Airbus broke out and Ryan Edwards found the back of the net to break Buckley hearts.

Airbus will now probably go on and win the league and good luck to our local rivals but they will look back on these two games with Buckley and know they were pushed oh so very close. The six points gained will be instrumental in their season.

We must take the positives, of which there have been many, from these two games against Airbus and take them into our remaining fixtures, as we seek the highest possible finish we can attain in the league. Next up Rhyl at Belle View.

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Buckley Town 2 Holyhead Hotspur 0

Goals in either half from Chris Roberts and Kieron Moore give Buckley Town the victory and made it three on the bounce as the good run of recent form continues.

Buckley had the best of the first half as they and the wind kept Holyhead mostly pinned into their own half. It only looked as if there would be one scorer in the game and Buckley and especially Jake Roberts looked like being the one that would break the deadlock. Unfortunately for Roberts, the post was not his friend and he hit it on more than one occasion throughout the game. If the post did not save Holyhead their keeper did.

The deadlock was broken, as it often is from a Buckley set play. Aled Bellis put in a cross from the left corner flag where Callum Humphries was the first runner across the box. He did not rise to meet the ball and let it fly over his head for the incoming Chris Roberts who slid in with a neat finish to make it one nil.

In the second half, with the wind at their backs, Holyhead began to make a game of it. Joe Makaruk in the Buckley goal had to make save after save to keep Holyhead at bay in the first 15 minutes of the half. At this point Buckley manager Dan Moore had seen enough and changes were made on the hour. On came the duel threats of Aron Williams and Adam Eden which allowed Buckley to raid from the flanks. That said, Holyhead still looked dangerous on the break but the game was ended as a contest when Kieron Moore was fed by Jake Roberts on the left edge of the 18 yards box. He cut across and fired a neat finish into the right corner.

Again, Buckley closed the game out well and they have now moved up to 6th position in the league following their recent good run of form.

Next up are the League leaders Airbus Broughton UK. The two sides played out a highly entertaining game at the Globe earlier in the season and we expect the same next Saturday on the artificial surface of the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

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Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
2nd March 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 157

Ground

The Globe
Globe Way, Buckley CH7 3LY, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Buckley Town112Win
Holyhead Hotspur000Loss

Buckley Town

1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper
2Luke Blizard Defender
3Dylan Roberts Defender
4Josh Jones Midfield
5Callum Humphries Defender
6Chris Roberts Defender
7Phill Molyneux 16 Midfield
8Kieron Moore Midfield
9Jake Roberts Forward
10Aled Bellis 15 Midfield
11Shaun Tinsley 17 Midfield
12Luke Douglas Defender
14Lewis Hone Defender
15Aron Williams 10 Midfield
16Connor Littler 7 Forward
17Adam Eden 11 Forward
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Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
1st Team Manager: Dan Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Holyhead Hotspur

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
Michael GraySimon McCormickMichael Woodward
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Holywell Town 0 Buckley Town 2

Buckley Town continued their recent run of good form with an away win under the lights at Holywell Town’s Halkyn Road ground.

The game was a keenly contested Flintshire Derby that Buckley took the lead in very early on. Set plays are a Buckley strong point and you concede them at your peril around your 18-yard box. It was from one such long throw in from the right-side bye line that Jake Roberts opened the scoring. Roberts seems to have come into a rich vein of goal scoring form, at just the right time of the season for Buckley and he took his goal well after the ball fell at his feet, firing home from six yards out.

Sometimes you can score a little too early and that may have been the case here as Buckley seemed to sit back once they were ahead and allowed Holywell to come on to them. That made for a competitive game as Holywell tried to take the play to Buckley and they probably had the better of the bulk of the half without really creating anything clear cut that Buckley’s defence could not deal with. Buckley did finish the half in the ascendency though as they began to push Holywell back down the flanks.

The second half had two significant events. The first was a sending off, as Wellmen’s Steve Lewis got his marching orders for a second yellow card offence of diving. That was not helpful to the Holywell cause, as at the point it occurred, they had looked well able of getting themselves back into the game.

It was then compounded by the second, as it allowed Buckley to hit Holywell on the counter attack, most notably down the right flank. Aron Williams broke out and delivered the perfect low cross for Shaun Tinsley steaming in down the left to fire home from 12 yards giving Holywell’s keeper no chance.

Holywell tried as they might and given they were down to ten men kept Buckley’s defence busy for the rest of the game but they simply could not find a way past and as their legs tired were always open to further raids down the flanks.

So in summing up, a workman like (dogged, scruffy) performance by Buckley Town and another sign of their growing maturity and confidence, given that three points was the outcome. It was not pretty but who cares when three points is the outcome away from home against a side battling to stay in the division. Of the 315 in attendance, many were from Buckley and their contribution to the atmosphere did not go unnoticed. A resounding chorus of “Yellows, Yellows, Yellows” welcomed the side back to the main stand at the end of the game and we hope you will all be with us for the final games of the season as we look to climb the table.

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Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
22nd February 2019 7:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 315

Ground

Halkyn Road
Halkyn Road, Holywell CH8 7TZ, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Holywell Town000Loss
Buckley Town112Win

Holywell Town

Buckley Town

1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper
2Luke Blizard Defender
3Dylan Roberts Defender
4Josh Jones Midfield
5Callum Humphries Defender
6Chris Roberts Defender
7Aron Williams Midfield
8Kieron Moore 12 Midfield
9Jake Roberts 16 Forward
10Aled Bellis Midfield
11Shaun Tinsley 17 Midfield
12Luke Douglas 8 Defender
14Lewis Hone Defender
15Phill Molyneux Midfield
16Connor Littler 9 Forward
17Adam Eden 11 Forward
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Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
1st Team Manager: Dan Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
James WalkerNed HughesJohn Palmer
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Ruthin Town 0 Buckley Town 1

As we enter the last third of the season it will be interesting to see what our young side has learnt from the season so far.

The away game at Ruthin Town was a good test of that thought, as playing a side just above them in the league at his point in the season, would tend to suggest that both sides would be well matched. This was the case but Buckley Town looked the more likely of the two sides to break the deadlock as most of the play took place in the Ruthin Town half with Buckley keeper Joe Makaruk only being tested once throughout the game whilst Ryan Goldstones at the other end kept Buckley at bay with a string of saves throughout the game that would earn him Ruthin’s man of the match tag.

The sides went into half time in deadlock at 0-0 but Buckley came out in the second half at a pace forcing corner after corner and set plays that put Ruthin under significant pressure. It was from one of these corners that Buckley took the lead.

Aled Bellis delivered his usual accuracy from the set play with a left sided corner that was swung into the back-post area where Luke Blizard was waiting to side foot a shot in on goal. He pushed the ball into the ground meaning the Ruthin keeper Ryan Goldstones could only parry the ball back into Blizard’s path and he stooped down to head the ball past the full back on the post.

Buckley should have had the opportunity to make it two from the penalty spot when second half sub Phill Molyneux challenged keeper and defender in the air for the ball. The ball ricocheted off the players, bounced and hit a Ruthin defender outstretched arm. No foul had occurred and play went on, so it seemed a straightforward decision but one of Ruthin’s players had been injured in the collision. The referee then stopped the game to get the player attention but then bizarrely restarted the game with a drop ball on the edge of the box, denying Buckley the goal scoring opportunity.

So back to my original thought on what the side have learnt so far this season. It had to be how pleasing it was to see our side show maturity in closing out the game for the victory. Despite having Ruthin on the back foot for most of the second half, the second goal that would have killed the game proved elusive. It did not phase the Buckley side and they balanced the desire to grab another goal with running the game down well and ensured the team took all three points.

For manager Dan Moore the most pleasing aspect of the game was how the team closed it out, a lesson that had been learnt as recently as the away trip to Conwy Borough where 3 points should have been earnt but only one was taken. This time the side did not give their opponents the opportunity to level the game. They dictated the outcome which at this level you have to do given the competitive nature of the league we play in. A great effort and a great result. Now let’s see if we can match that under the lights at Holywell Town next Friday night.

Article picture courtesy of Trevor Jones

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Date Time League Season Full Time
16th February 2019 2:00 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90'

Ground

Memorial Playing Fields
Memorial Playing Fields, Park Y Dre, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1PH

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Ruthin Town000Loss
Buckley Town011Win

Ruthin Town

Buckley Town

1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper
2Luke Blizard Defender
3Dylan Roberts Defender
4Josh Jones Midfield
5Callum Humphries Defender
6Chris Roberts Defender
7Aron Williams 15 Midfield
8Kieron Moore Midfield
9Jake Roberts Forward
10Aled Bellis Midfield
11Shaun Tinsley 12 Midfield
12Luke Douglas 11 Defender
14Lewis Hone Defender
15Phill Molyneux 7 Midfield
16Connor Littler Forward
17Rhys Jones Midfield
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Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
1st Team Manager: Dan Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
Aled Rhys WilliamsAndrew DoganCharley Smith