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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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Details

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.

Details

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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Details

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
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Buckley Town Res 1 Ruthin Town Res 2

Lewis Hone, Luke Douglas, Phill Molyneux, Rhys Jones, and Rhys Hewitt all played for the reserves yesterday against Ruthin Town Reserves and bolstered our young side against the league leaders which made for a competitive game between the two sides that Buckley really should have made more of.

If it had been for better decision making they would have taken more from the game than they did with Jordan Henshel scoring the only goal of the game for Buckley.

It was entertaining game throughout between two well matched sides enjoyed by 58 spectators.

 

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Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
9th February 2019 2:00 pm Welsh National League - Reserves Division 2019 90' 58

Ground

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

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Buckley Town1Loss
Ruthin Town2Win

Buckley Town

1Jack Edwards Goalkeeper
2Luke Douglas Defender
6Rhys Hewitt Defender
4Chris Hibbert Defender
5Lewis Hone Defender
6Ryan Jones Forward
7Ryan Dunn 14 Midfield
8Joe Trueman Defender
9Phill Molyneux Midfield
10Jordan Hensel Midfield
11Tom Gunson 12 Forward
12Matt Mullarkey 11 Midfield
14Tae-woo Kim 7 Midfield
15Lewis Marley Midfield
16Rhys Powell Midfield
17Dylan Tyrrell Defender
  1

Ruthin Town

 

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Porthmadog FC 3 Buckley Town FC 3

Porthmadog FC score a last minute equaliser after Buckley Town had been 3-1 up with two from Jake Roberts and one from Shaun Tinsley.

You can view a match report here.

The Reserves drew at home 0-0 with Hawarden Rangers. It was nice to see a crowd of 62 supporters coming out to the Globe and watching the game in atrocious weather conditions and giving the boys their support. Hopefully, more will do the same in the coming weeks. So if you are not travelling to watch the first team and fancy a bit of fresh air on a Saturday afternoon then please support the Reserves.

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Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
26th January 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 205

Ground

Y Traeth
Y Traeth, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL49 9PP

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Porthmadog123Draw
Buckley Town123Draw

Porthmadog

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Buckley Town

1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper
2Luke Blizard Defender
3Dylan Roberts Defender
4Josh Jones Midfield
5Callum Humphries Defender
6Lewis Hone Defender
7Aron Williams Midfield
8Kieron Moore Midfield
9Jake Roberts Forward
10Aled Bellis 14 Midfield
11Shaun Tinsley 16 Midfield
12Luke Douglas Defender
14Phill Molyneux 10 Midfield
15Adam Eden Forward
16Rhys Jones 11 Midfield
  3 2 1

1st Team Manager: Dan Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
John Andrew JonesJohn SpenderRyan Hughes

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Buckley Town FC 3 Prestayn Town FC 2

First double of the season as Buckley Town take all the points against ten man Prestatyn Town.

Another entertaining game at the Globe saw Buckley Town come out on top for the second time this season over opponents Prestatyn Town with a 3-2 victory.

Prestatyn took the lead in the game, against the run of play, as Buckley had the best of the opening exchanges without really looking like creating anything clear cut. Prestatyn always looked dangerous and able to use the pace of their forwards to try and get in behind Buckley’s restructured defence.

The opening goal came when Buckley keeper Joe Makaruk came out to block and make a save only for the ball to cannon off Oliver Buckley and into the back of the net.

Aled Bellis soon had the sides level though when he picked the ball up out wide on the left and cut across the box to fire in a shot that took a deflection along the way giving the keeper no chance.

Prestayn’s Dan Roberts then scored a second goal from yet another corner, something we do seem to be conceding from too often this season.

Prestatyn then found themselves down to ten men following a disputed ball going out for a throw in. Casey Faulkner tried to prevent Callum Humphries from retrieving the ball and the usual hand bags ensued. Having been pushed away from the ball he kicked out in retaliation right in front of the referee who had no hesitation in issuing a straight red.

Down to ten was always going to leave Prestatyn vulnerable as Buckley began the task of getting them selves back into the game following the break. Prestatyn defended as best they could but on a heavy pitch they were always going to tire. As the foul count and Buckley Town’s pressure began to increase so did their chances of levelling the game. Prestatyn’s keeper did his best to hold Buckley at bay with some fine saves but in the end the pressure eventually told when Buckley forced a corner out on the left. Aled Bellis fired the ball in and for second time this season Chris Roberts powered the ball home with a fine header (see game video).

With substitutions made, Buckley then went looking for the winner and it was not long before Jake Roberts broke through the offside trap and as he bared down on the Prestatyn box he sublimely chipped the oncoming keeper to make it 3-2.

Prestatyn tried their best to get back into it and came very close with a well taken shot that bounced back off the Buckley post late on in the game but it was Buckley Town that came out victorious and delivered their first double of the season to take all three points.

A determined and pleasing effort by the Buckley Town players in seeing out the game, something they were so close to last week. They now go into a difficult away trip to Porthmadog next week whose season seems to have stalled somewhat recently having had the same record as Buckley over the last five with one win, two draws and two losses. Both sides will be looking for three points as they go into the final third of the season.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones:

 

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Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
19th January 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 286

Ground

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

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Buckley Town3Win
Prestatyn Town2Loss

Buckley Town

1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper
2Luke Blizard Defender
3Dylan Roberts Defender
4Josh Jones 14 Midfield
5Callum Humphries Defender
6Chris Roberts Defender
7Aron Williams 12 Midfield
8Kieron Moore Midfield
9Shaun Tinsley 15 Midfield
10Aled Bellis Midfield
11Adam Eden Forward
12Luke Douglas 7 Defender
14Phill Molyneux 4 Midfield
15Jake Roberts 9 Forward
16Matt Mullarkey Midfield
18Jack Edwards Goalkeeper
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1st Team Manager: Dan Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Prestatyn Town

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
Mark JamesConnor FowlerSion Roberts
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Q&A with Danny Collins of Grimsby Town FC

In the latest of our series of Q&A sessions, Kev Williams talks to former Buckley Town player Danny Collins who currently plays his football at Grimsby Town in EFL Divison 2. Danny is well respected by all at Buckley Town FC and his Sunderland shirt still proudly hangs in our Committee Room. We thank him for taking the time to do a Q&A in what will be an interesting read for many, especially for any young and aspiring players who believe they can still make it in the game.

  1. What are your memories of playing for Buckley Town? Did you ever think you could go on to do what you did whilst at the club?

My memories of playing for Buckley are that I started playing for them when I was around 18 years old. At that time, it was a step up for me because I had been playing in aged football with lads my age, so to now be competing every week against men of all ages and sizes I had to adjust to the physicality of the league. I was still relatively small in physical appearance and hadn’t fully developed yet. I was playing in central midfield and although I was fairly quick and had good ball control I would still be fouled regularly and at times eased off the ball due to my slight physique. I had to be mentally tough to deal with this and try to improve and work on both my physique and other assets to my game. As the seasons went on, I kept on improving, scoring and making goals and getting attention from professional clubs. From trials with Wrexham, Tranmere & Cambridge, I eventually signed for Chester City in the conference when I was 21….

If I’m honest by this time and the age I was at I thought my chance of becoming a professional footballer had gone, but it shows if you work hard and perform well you don’t know who is watching. At Chester I went from a centre midfielder to a centre back. One of the coaches seen this as my position so they moved me in training and that was the end of my days as a midfielder. It was different from what I had been used to playing but I adjusted my game and so for the last 18 seasons I have been a defender.

  1. From grass roots to the Premier League, what would you regard as your best times playing football?

My time at Sunderland is the best time I have had as a footballer. I moved there when I was 24 after winning promotion to the Football League with Chester in 2004. I had played 10 games the next season for Chester in League 2 and I was playing well. I knew there were a few clubs showing interest in me and my agent called to say Sunderland had made an offer which Chester had accepted. The next day we travelled up to the north east and I signed for Sunderland. Sunderland were currently sat in 4th in the Championship table so again it was a big step up for me from the level I had been playing and also the facilities, fanbase and expectations of the fans. I remained at Sunderland for the next 5 seasons playing over 150 games, winning promotion to the Premier League twice and also suffering one relegation. It is a great place to play your football in front of over 40,000 passionate fans. I also picked up the player of the season award twice and was given the honour of captaining the side in my final season there.

  1. You represented Wales 12 times, what’s it like walking out to represent your country?

It was a great feeling to pull on the shirt and represent my country. My debut was in 2005 v Hungary which we won 2-0. My best memory of playing for Wales was the game against England at the Millennium Stadium in 2011. Although we were beaten 2-0, the game was played in front of 70,000 fans and the atmosphere was fantastic.

  1. What’s your proudest moment in football?

I would say my proudest moment in football would either be making my debut for Wales or winning the Championship with Sunderland the second time as I had played over 40 games that season.

  1. How’s your time at Grimsby? We still keep tabs on the mariners…

I am into my third season at Grimsby now and it has been pretty eventful. First season we finished mid table, last season we were in a relegation battle but pulled clear with a good run of results with 5 games to go, and this season has been a mixed bag….we had a poor start to the season but recently we have been in good form and are now looking to push on and possibly force our way into the play offs with 20 games still left to play.

  1. What advice would you give to youngsters playing the game?

The advice I would give to any youngsters either playing local football or at a professional club is to train hard every day with the right attitude and listen to the advice from coaches. Off the pitch, try and look after your body in terms of eating the right foods, limiting alcohol intake & getting a good amount of sleep. You will have ups and downs as a footballer, such as not being selected to play, having a bad game or picking up injuries. You have to be mentally tough and don’t dwell on the downs too much and keep pushing yourself to achieve more in the game.

  1. Who are the best players you’ve played with and against?

The best players I’ve played with are – Gareth Bale & Ryan Giggs.

The best players I’ve played against are – Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard & Didier Drogba.

  1. The greatest of all time? Who was it?

Lionel Messi.

  1. Finally, a word for Buckley Town FC…

I wish you all the best for the rest of this season and in the future. To all the young players, just keep working hard on your game, believe in yourself and you never know what can happen!

Thanks to Dale Ladson, Press Officer at Grimsby Town FC for supplying the photo.