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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

Referee
Mark James
1st Assistant Referee
Connor Fowler
2nd Assistant Referee
Sion 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.

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Conwy Borough FC 2 Buckley Town FC 2

A battle against the elements as much as against each other with a howling westerly gale blowing down the ground that ended with the spoils even. Whoever had the wind at their back had the advantage as it made it difficult to clear your lines and the ball kept coming back. Battling against the wind meant the ball spent as much time in the air as it did on the deck and also made for tired legs as the game went on.

It was Buckley that had the advantage in the first half and it was they that managed to score first when they won a free kick 25 yards out. Aled Bellis floated the ball to the back stick where Lewis Hone rose like a Salmon to head the ball back across goal and into the net with a well-directed header.

There was no more scoring until the second half when Conwy drew level catching Buckley cold almost from the restart when Guto Hughes levelled on 47 minutes.

With the winds at their backs Conwy were able to get a foothold in the game yet both sides at least tried to play football in the difficult conditions. Buckley found it difficult to get beyond the half way line but when they did, they looked dangerous and with a fast break they took the lead.

The ball found its way out to the left wing where Adam Eden took on the Conwy defence. Beating two defenders he was able to get almost to the bye line where fired the ball across goal for Shaun Tinsley to get on the end with a well taken strike on 62 minutes.

The wind seemed to get stronger as the game went on and Buckley found themselves having to defend more and more. It seemed like they would hold out to take the points but Conwy to their credit did not give up. Yet it was not until the 88th minute that they levelled the game with a Conor Harwood goal that left Buckley disappointed not to have closed the game out.

At the end of the day, a point on the road at any club in this league is a good one, especially where you have battled well to obtain it and shown great determination in doing so. Buckley again played in front of fantastic travelling support for which we are grateful. It means a lot to the players when the Buckley faithful outnumber the opponent’s supporters. It also helps the home club from a financial perspective showing that we not only support our own team but grass roots football in general.

On a final note, it was sad to see that the stand at the far end of the Y Morfa ground had been demolished due to structural issues. It helped enclose the ground and gave Y Morfa the distinctive look of a proper football stadium. In order to comply with FAW Tier 2 Criteria Borough took the decision to demolish the stand and it will now be replaced with a new 200 seat structure. We wish Conwy Borough success in this venture and that they can find all the funding necessary to complete this task as soon as possible.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones

A battle against the elements as much as against each other with a howling westerly gale blowing down the ground that ended with the spoils even. Whoever had the wind at their back had the advantage as it made it difficult to clear your lines and the ball kept coming back. Battling against the wind meant the ball spent as much time in the air as it did on the deck and also made for tired legs as the game went on.

It was Buckley that had the advantage in the first half and it was they that managed to score first when they won a free kick 25 yards out. Aled Bellis floated the ball to the back stick where Lewis Hone rose like a Salmon to head the ball back across goal and into the net with a well-directed header.

There was no more scoring until the second half when Conwy drew level catching Buckley cold almost from the restart when Guto Hughes levelled on 47 minutes.

With the winds at their backs Conwy were able to get a foothold in the game yet both sides at least tried to play football in the difficult conditions. Buckley found it difficult to get beyond the half way line but when they did, they looked dangerous and with a fast break they took the lead.

The ball found its way out to the left wing where Adam Eden took on the Conwy defence. Beating two defenders he was able to get almost to the bye line where fired the ball across goal for Shaun Tinsley to get on the end with a well taken strike on 62 minutes.

The wind seemed to get stronger as the game went on and Buckley found themselves having to defend more and more. It seemed like they would hold out to take the points but Conwy to their credit did not give up. Yet it was not until the 88th minute that they levelled the game with a Conor Harwood goal that left Buckley disappointed not to have closed the game out.

At the end of the day, a point on the road at any club in this league is a good one, especially where you have battled well to obtain it and shown great determination in doing so. Buckley again played in front of fantastic travelling support for which we are grateful. It means a lot to the players when the Buckley faithful outnumber the opponent’s supporters. It also helps the home club from a financial perspective showing that we not only support our own team but grass roots football in general.

On a final note, it was sad to see that the stand at the far end of the Y Morfa ground had been demolished due to structural issues. It helped enclose the ground and gave Y Morfa the distinctive look of a proper football stadium. In order to comply with FAW Tier 2 Criteria Borough took the decision to demolish the stand and it will now be replaced with a new 200 seat structure. We wish Conwy Borough success in this venture and that they can find all the funding necessary to complete this task as soon as possible.

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Date Time League Season Full Time
12th January 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90'

Ground

Y Morfa
Y Morfa, Penmaen Road, Conwy, Conwy, LL32 8HA

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Conwy Borough022Draw
Buckley Town112Draw

Conwy Borough

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Buckley Town

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

Officials

Referee
Michael Gray
1st Assistant Referee
Nathan Wheatley
2nd Assistant Referee
Ryan Hughes

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Llanrhaeadr YM FC 2 Buckley Town FC 0

Buckley Town dominated this game with Llanrhaeadr YM from kick off to final whistle yet came away from it with nothing.

With key players missing through injury, suspension or illness Buckley found it difficult to break down a big and physical Llanrhaeadr side on a pitch that destroyed any chance of Buckley’s free flowing passing game being able to come to the fore. Instead it became a battle of attrition as either side found it difficult to put together more than two passes on a rutted playing surface with grass ankle deep. In fact, the only visible sign that a lawn mower had been anywhere near the pitch was to cut the pitch markings around the ground so that they were visible with the naked eye and allow the pitch marker to roll over the surface.

Buckley’s only real clear-cut chance of the game came in the second half when Callum Humphries flicked on a cross with his head that bounced onto the top of the bar and away,

All in all, a game to forget and we can now look forward to the visit of Bangor City to the Globe next Saturday in the reverse of our opening day fixture.

Match Stats, Photos & Video

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Gresford Athletic FC 3 Buckley Town FC 3

Gresford Athletic and Buckley Town shared six goals in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Clappers Lane.

Buckley had the best of the first half hour and penned Gresford into their own half where they had to defend set play after set play. It was from one of these that Jake Roberts opened the scoring for Buckley after fifteen minutes, when following his own corner kick Gresford cleared their lines only for the ball to fall right back into Roberts path. He whipped a cross back into the box where Lewis Hone had gotten ahead of all the Gresford defenders and was able to steer the ball off his fringe into the far corner.

Gresford raised their game and began to get themselves back into it. Jordon MacCarter levelled for Gresford just before the break with a well taken strike that left keeper Joe Makaruk no chance.

Gresford started the second half much the brighter whilst Buckley were still in the changing rooms. Yet it was Buckley that went ahead courtesy of a Lewis Hone goal. Jake Roberts was again the provider from a corner kick that Hone rose highest to and powered his header down and past Gresford keeper Ben Jones.

Then Gresford had Jack Chaloner dismissed for a second bookable offence but the ten men looked more than able as they managed to score again when Jordon MacCarter grabbed his second of the game and then Sam Molineux put them in front with only eight minutes remaining.

Buckley then took the game to Gresford as they desperately looked to get themselves back on level terms having let the lead slip from their grasp. Five minutes from time Jake Roberts continued his recent run of scoring to grab his second of the game with a fine strike on the turn and levelled the game.

Match Stats, Photos & Video

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Buckley Town Vipers U16s 1 Hawarden Rangers Hawks U16s 6

Update of the final score which was 1-6 in favour of Hawarden Rangers Hawks. Well done to all that participated and we wish you all well fore the remainder of the season.

We have the pleasure of hosting our U16s at The Globe on Saturday in a 9:45am kick off against Hawarden Rangers Hawks U16s.

Get down and support the lads in this local derby game.

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Buckley Town 0 Denbigh Town 2

A lacklustre performance from Buckley Town ended with a 2-0 victory for Denbigh Town.

Denbigh were the more aggressive from the outset and did not allow Buckley to get their passing game going, winning most of the second balls.

Goals from Jordon Barrow on 40 minutes and Pat Hinchcliffe on half time sealed the points for Denbigh.

Buckley improved in the second half and had more of the game but the only real chance of note was a powerful shot from Adam Eden that flashed across the face of the goal but ultimately wide.

Buckley will really need to improve their game, as on Tuesday night they go into a NEWFA Challenge Cup game at home to Saltney Town. They were 4-0 winners today and given it is a derby game they will be looking to turn Buckley over. Buckley on the other hand are on a poor run of form and will really need to lift themselves or another defeat will come their way.