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We will remember them

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.

Before the JD Welsh Cup Round 2 game Buckley Town Mayor Dave Ellis and our own Chairperson Pete Gunson joined the teams and officials in standing at the centre circle for a minutes silence. We also had a commemorative remembrance programme for the day and all proceeds from its sale of £ 60 is being given to Buckley Town’s British Legion.

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Buckley Town 2 Rhyl 5

What a difference a week makes.

Buckley Town put simply were not at races today and the level of performance was way below what we saw last week against Airbus, especially in the second half. They did have chances early on and more clinical finishing by Aron Williams and then Jake Roberts would have seen them ahead.

It was not to be and Rhyl were two goals to the good by the half hour mark with goals from Mike Pritchard and a penalty from Kristian Pierce after Buckley keeper Joe Makaruk was adjudge to have brought down the Rhyl player.

Kieron Moore pulled one back before half time and it looked, at that point, they would make a game of it but a poor second half put paid to any chances of a favourable result.

Three more Rhyl goals from Matt Cooke (on 58 and 90minutes) and Matt Worrall in the 85th minute sealed their best away victory for 6 years. Aron Williams did pull one goal back (see video) in the 89th minute for Buckley Town but it was too little too late.

Manager Dan Moore was not happy and after the game said, “‘The second half performance was an embarrassment. The worst I’ve seen since the start of last season.”

“In the first half we were reasonable. We created chances and were well in the game at half time.”

“We were still not where I would like to have been and at least we did compete across the pitch.”

“We let ourselves down in the second half and with that performance I’d like to apologise to everyone who came to support us.”

“It was unacceptable and we’ll be doing everything possible to put things right next Saturday, as we go into an important cup tie against Denbigh Town in the FAW Cup.”

Photos, Video & Match Stats

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Buckley Town 1 Airbus UK Broughton 2

The margins are small at the top of the table and so it was in this top of the table clash between Buckley Town and Airbus UK Broughton.

It was a tight and tense affair throughout and neither side could say they truly dominated at any point in the game. Saying that Airbus probably had the best of the first half hour but Buckley came back strong as the half progressed.

Buckley’s best chances of the half came firstly, when Josh Jones picked up the ball 30 yards out and drove across the box letting loose from 25 yards. The ball was curling wide of the keeper’s right-hand post but Keiron Moore almost got on the end of it as he slid in at the six-yard line. The second also fell to Josh Jones who almost forced the ball over the line with a martial art flying kick but unfortunately the whole of the ball did not cross the whole of the line. The sides went in level at half time.

Again, Airbus probably shaded the earliest part of the second half but Buckley grew stronger as the game progressed. They nearly took the lead when Dylan Roberts sent his free kick from the half way line into the box for Callum Humphries to head down to his partner in defence Luke Blizard. He fired in his shot off the outside of his right boot only for it to thump against the post and away to safety (see video below).

Buckley were now in the ascendancy and they did manage to take the lead whilst they were on top on 78 minutes when Dylan Roberts fired home from the edge of the box to stun Airbus. This is not something they are used to having won their first ten league games of the season and Buckley’s goal seemed to galvanise a response. Airbus could have laid down at this point but to their credit they fought back and two quick fire strikes from Kristian Platt on 85 minutes and Lewis Buckley on 88 minutes saw them take a lead that left Buckley little time to respond to.

Few sides will take Airbus as close as Buckley Town did today and Dan Moore’s sided really should go into the rest of the season fearing no-one in this level. As said previously, there are fine margins between the sides at the top of this league. The only real lesson left for this young Buckley Town side to learn is game management and how to close out a game when they have the lead. Saying that the management team should be really proud of how their young charges performed today, as given their performance, they really did not deserve to lose and everyone who watched the game knew it.

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Draw for JD Welsh Cup Second Round

The draw for the this season’s JD Welsh Cup Second Round was made at Latham Park, the home of Newtown AFC, with all ties to be played over the weekend of the 9-11 November 2018.

JD WELSH CUP ROUND 2 DRAW

Airbus UK Broughton v Llay Welfare 

Bangor City v Cefn Albion 

Buckley Town v Denbigh Town 

Flint Town United v Gresford Athletic 

Guilsfield v Dyffryn Nantlle Vale 

Holyhead Hotspur v Ruthin Town 

Llanfair United v Porthmadog 

Llangefni Town v St Asaph City 

Prestatyn Town v Berriew 

Rhyl v Caersws 

Aberbargoed Buds v Penybont 

Caldicot Town v Cambrian & Clydach BGC 

Cwmamman United v Blaenrhondda 

Cwmbran Town v Ton Pentre 

Goytre United v Pontyclun 

Haverfordwest County v Swansea University 

Monmouth Town v Ynysddu Welfare

Pontypridd Town v Goytre

Sully Sports v Cwmbran Celtic 

Treharris Athletic Western v Briton Ferry Llansawel 

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Buckley Town FC 3 Brymbo FC 1

Two Callum Humphries headed goals from Jake Roberts corner kicks and a cracking third from Aron Williams saw Buckley Town into the second round of the Welsh Cup with a 3-1 win over Brymbo FC.

Brymbo gave a spirited performance and in fact took the lead during the first half but were soon pegged back as Humphries rose highest to head home and level the scores.

Brymbo were still in the game until the hour mark until first Humphries and then Aron Williams, who latched onto a great pass from Josh Jones, drew Buckley clear as the Tier Two’s sides superior fitness began to show.

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Ruthin Town Reserves 3 Buckley Town Reserves 0

A closer game than the score would suggest as Buckley Town had much of the play but let themselves down by giving the first two goals away to Ruthin Town which made it very difficult to recover from.

The first goal came when Tom Watkin-Jones caught Buckley Town keeper Tom Douglas with the ball at his feet and stole it for an easy tap in.

Buckley’s best chance of the game came when club manager Dan Moore fired in a shot from 20 yards that clipped a Ruthin defender sending the ball into a looping arch and hitting the bar. In his attempt to get to the ball, the Ruthin’s keeper rapped himself around the post and needed treatment having hurt his ribs. He bravely soldiered on. The disappointment from a Buckley perspective was that no one managed test the keeper from that point on during the game.

Ruthin’s second was from Buckley Town’s inability to clear their lines and having someone simply taking charge to clear the ball away from danger. Again Tom Watkin-Jones was the beneficiary and he fired the ball home.

The third for Ruthin was scored with a well taken header from a right wing cross when Tomm Mann rose highest and directed the ball back into the opposite corner.

Positives from the game saw Shaun Tinsley back in action after three weeks out due to a calf strain and a lively spell as a second half substitute from new signing Taewoo Kim, who if he continues to perform in that manner will push to be named in the first team squad in the not too distant future.

For match photos see here

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Guilsfield 1 Buckley Town 3

Buckley Town made it three wins on the trot in the league with an impressive 3-1 away performance at Guilsfield that has elevated them to 5th place in the table.

The first half was goalless but an entertaining watch as both sides had chances to open the scoring. Buckley hit the woodwork early on and Guilsfield had a hotly disputed penalty shout turned down at a point in the game that it could have swung either way. As the half progressed, Buckley began to get into their game with Aron Williams and Adam Eden giving the Guilsfield full backs a torrid time.

Buckley managed to get the upper hand in the second half and began to dominate the play with the flanks still being the most likely source of a goal that would break the deadlock. If it is not Adam Eden flying down the left wing at you then it is Dylan Roberts who was pulled down in the box giving referee Cheryl Foster an easy decision to make. Aled Bellis stepped up and thumped it home from the penalty spot.

Buckley’s second came from a Jake Roberts corner that Chris Roberts powered home with his head off the underside of the bar.

Guilsfield managed to pull one back to make things interesting before Kieron Moore had the good fortune of a mazy dribble on the left side of the box, close to the bye line, that saw him then fire the ball into the box looking for the oncoming Phil Molyneux on the edge of the six-yard area. The ball struck a defender and fell back at Kieron’s feet and he managed to force the ball over the line from an acute angle to seal the points.

This coming week sees two important home games under the lights as we meet 6th placed Ruthin Town at the Globe on Tuesday night and then 14th placed Holywell Town. Both games will be tough battles as local rivalries are at play and Buckley Town will need to be at their best to get anything out of them. Both matches have a 7:30pm kick off.

Aled Bellis fires home a penalty to make it 1-0 to Buckley Town:

Video 1 

Chris Roberts meets Jake Roberts corner kick with a power header that goes in off the underside of the bar:

Video 2

Kieron Moore somehow manages to find the room to squeeze the ball over the line after some neat work down the flank:

Video 3

 

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Coaching Vacancies

If you would like the opportunity to work within a professional and forward thinking environment then we would like to hear from you!

We currently have two coaching vacancies within our Senior Coaching Setup: 

1) Senior Coach

Requirements

Level 2 Qualification desirable but not essential

Must be available to attend midweek training session(s) and matchdays

Previous Senior coaching experience is desirable but not essential 

2) Senior Goalkeeper Coach

Requirements

Level 2 Qualification desirable but not essential

Must be available to attend midweek training session(s)

Preferably also available to attend matchdays

Previous Senior coaching experience is desirable but not essential

To apply please send a football specific CV and short cover note here

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Buckley Town 2 Porthmadog 1

This was a competitive game from the start with two well matched sides trying to gain the ascendancy meaning the vast majority of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch.

Buckley did start the better and were on top for the first fifteen minutes of the game but from then on, neither side could say they dominated the play. They both had periods when with more clinical passages of play they could have made the keepers at either end work harder. That did not happen and we saw a goalless half in which neither side had anything but half chances.

The deadlock was broken in the second half with by far the best piece of football in the game when Adan Eden and Aled Bellis worked a neat one-two down the left flank. It began from an Aron Williams long throw from the right flank that was only partially cleared out to the left wing where it was picked up by Adam Eden. He drove at the Porthmadog defence, found Bellis on the edge of the box whose return was inch perfect for him to fire the ball left footed across keeper Paul Pritchard and into the far corner.

Porthmadog were spurred on by Buckley’s goal and they were soon level when Dan Dascalu fired home from 20 yards placing his low shot in the corner of the net past keeper Joe Makaruk who seemed to have his weight on the wrong side to be able to react to the effort.

Allowing Porthmadog back into the game then seemed to spur Buckley on. With thoughts on the Conwy game they were determined to wrestle back control of the game and they soon won a free kick in midfield. Aled Bellis floated it into the box looking for Aron Williams down the right side of the box. As he went to head it he was impeded by defender Ryan Taylor and referee James Walker had no doubt in awarding a penalty. Bellis fired it home and Buckley regained their lead.

Porthmadog tried as they might to get themselves back level and had three good chances to level the scores. Adam Eden also had a change to extend Buckley’s lead but they held on and secured a vital three points that has put them squarely mid table, top of five clubs on nine points by virtue of goal difference.

The sides meet again next week in the Huws Gray Cup at Y Traeth with a 2:30pm kick off on what is usually a great surface to play football. Given that is what both these sides seem to want to do, we should see another competitive battle to see who makes Round 2.