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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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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:

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

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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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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.

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Prestatyn Town 0 Buckley Town 4

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.

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Buckley Town 1 Conwy Borough 2

There are some rules of the game that you learn at a very young age: do not stop until the whistle blows; and do not give away silly free kicks in and around your own box. If you do, you will be punished.

Conwy Borough broke the first of these rules for the first goal of the game. When the ball broke free down the right channel from a tackle in midfield Aled Bellis found himself in the clear. Unsure, he looked around waiting for the whistle to blow. It did not come and whilst the protests rang out from the Conwy players, Bellis squared the ball to a thankful Shaun Tinsley who tapped it home.

Buckley had dominated most of the play and Conwy did not look that dangerous apart from well directed header that hit the post in the first half. So it continued into the second half and Buckley looked comfortable with their lead but you simply cannot switch off in this or any other league. Buckley were in the midst of of an attack down the left side with Adam Eden flying down the left wing to deliver the best cross of the game. Conwy cleared and broke out themselves with the ball eventually falling to their player down the side that Eden had vacated. Joe Makaruk was forced to come off his line but in going to ground to block he brought down the Conwy player and the referee had an easy decision to give a penalty. He was sent the wrong way by Corrig McGonigle and it was 1-1 very much against the run of play.

And we come to the second of those rules. This time Buckley were the guilty party giving away a free kick late into the half that they did not need to give. The resultant free kick was whipped in by McGonigle, striking the post and rebounding across the line. This time Conwy were quickest to react and Cory Williams pounced to net the rebound. Buckley had been sucker punched and it hurt.

Buckley did get the ball in the back of the net when striker Ryan Jones forced the ball home from a right sided cross but like in all games nowadays any challenge that involves a keeper seems to go their way.

So we move on again, another lesson learnt for our young squad and we welcome Borras Park Albion to the Globe in the 2nd round of the NEWFA Challenge Cup on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August with a 2:30pm kick-off.

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Buckley Town 3 Gresford Athletic 0

For the First time this season we saw the team play with the level of confidence that they generated throughout last season’s Championship winning season.

The management team made changes to the line up alongside the return of keeper Joe Makaruk with the three in the middle of the park of Josh Jones, Aled Bellis and Lewis Cunliffe giving the side solidity in front of defence but also the ability to raid the flanks with Aron Williams and Shaun Tinsley much in evidence.

For the first twenty-five minutes Buckley completely dominated their opponents and knocked them out of their stride. Gresford could not settle as Buckley bombarded them from set plays and throw ins that made it difficult for them to do anything else than defend. Buckley had chance after chance to score but found all was blocked or went just wide.

That was until following one of those attacks the Gresford defence must have thought they had cleared all the danger. The ball was cleared but fell sweet as a nut to Josh Jones who, 25 five yards out, rifled it home on the volley giving Ben Jones in the Gresford goal no chance.

It was a lead that Buckley richly deserved but it seemed to galvanise Gresford into realising that if they wanted anything from the game they most certainly would need to lift theirs. That they did and they had three great opportunities to level the game but each time were thwarted by some great saves from Buckley’s returning captain Joe Makaruk, saves that were even applauded by his opposite number.

The second half was just as competitive as both sides looked to get a grip on the game but it was Buckley that managed to get that important second goal when Luke Blizzard found himself able to get his shot away cleanly and through the Gresford defence to make it 2-0.

Gresford still looked capable of scoring but the game was ended as a contest when substitute Phil Molyneux spotted Ben Jones was off his line and from a good 40 yards out fired the ball over the stranded keeper to make it three nil.

In all, it was a much-improved performance from Buckley Town and more like that of the side we watched last season. Joe Makaruk’s inclusion made a significant difference to the team as did the three in midfield who worked their socks off to ensure victory. That helped the back four look more secure and good games were had by all especially Callum Humphries. Adam Eden also made a welcome return as substitute late on but, in the end, it was the performance of the club captain that earned Man of the Match.

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Buckley Town 1 Llanrhaeadr YM 2

We seem to have started this season in a similar fashion to last season (and look how that turned out) in losing our first two league games of the season.

Llanrhaeadr were two nil up within twenty-one minutes. Khyam Wytton rose to head home from a corner on 9 minutes and Mark Griffiths hit a looping kick that sailed over Joel Thompson’s head after twenty-one.

Being two nil up, Llanrhaeadr then set themselves up to be hard to beat. They kept two banks of four in a tight defensive formation and basically said to Buckley come and break us down. Instead of looking to extend their lead they sat back to defend what they had and made it very difficult for Buckley to break them down. As a result, Buckley had all of the ball but simply could not find that final pass to open the Llanrhaeadr defence up.

The second half began much the same as the first had ended with Buckley’s desperately trying to break Llanrhaeadr down. Attack after attack was thwarted and Buckley really struggled to get their usual passing game together with too many balls not reaching their intended target.

It was not until the sixty seventh minute of the game that Buckley finally broke through but it took a piece of individual brilliance, in a fine strike from leading scorer Shaun Tinsley, to do the trick.

The goal though never really created the panic in the Llanrhaeadr defence that Buckley needed to force another goal and they saw the game out with the same game plan that they had employed in the first with their goalkeeper rarely tested.

You have to hand it to them as they came with a game plan and it worked. Buckley Town and Rhyl will not be the only teams that they make it difficult for, as they are a well organised unit and that should stand them well in this most competitive of leagues.

Buckley’s young side have to go again and get their season rolling. Their next opportunity to do so comes quick and there is nothing like a local derby under the lights to get things going, as they host Gresford Athletic in the Huws Gray Alliance on Tuesday night with a 7:30pm kick off.

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Bangor City 5 Buckley Town 1

Well if you are going to be tested in your first game back in the Huws Gray Alliance, you may as well be tested by arguably the best team in the league.

Bangor City came second in the Welsh Premier League last season qualifying for a place in Europe only to then find that they had failed the leagues tier one domestic licence and UEFA licence for season 2018-2019. This meant instant demotion the Huws Gray Alliance and the club has been trying to rally ever since. We are talking about arguably the biggest club in the domestic structure here, one that has graced the top tier of Welsh football for many years. Let’s face it, they should not be in this position but they are where they are and we were delighted to have the opportunity to travel to Nantporth.

The match turned out to be the baptism of fire back in the Huws Gray Alliance that many thought it would be and Buckley found themselves three nil down after less than fifteen minutes through straight forward defensive lapses. Alex Darlington scoring their first on 5 minutes, Les Davies added a second on 10 and Tom field made it three on 15. Alex Darlington made it four five minutes before the break and all looked bleak.

The second half was much different. Buckley came out of the dressing rooms with a completely different attitude to the game and instead of being in awe of their opponents they took it to them. The first fifteen minutes was all Buckley and Shaun Tinsley, Aron Williams and Ryan Jones all had chances of scoring before a great move down Buckley’s right flank saw Aron Williams turn inside and out before delivering a great shot cross that keeper Chris Mullock could not hold, pushing it out to the  oncoming Kieron Moore. He fired in a powerful shot which was blocked again but pounced on the rebound to head the ball over the line and pull one back.

Buckley continued to raid the flanks but as the game drew on fatigue began to set in on the beautifully manicured Nantporth pitch and from a right sided corner Les Davies powered a header home to score a fifth.

On score line alone, you would think all would be doom and gloom but the team showed great spirit during the second half and there were many positives to take out of the game. They also showed great spirit after the game so much so you would have thought they had won the game. Their highly entertaining banter was rewarded by Bangor’s staff who sent them home with a few spirits of a different kind and for that we greatly appreciate their gesture.