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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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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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Buckley Town FC 0 Bangor City FC 2

Buckley gave a dogged performance and kept themselves in with a chance until late in the second half when eventually the experience of Bangor City shone through as they hit two late goals to take the points.

Bangor had the best of the first half and pretty much controlled the game for the first 45 minutes reducing Buckley to the odd chance on the break. A well organised and experienced side kept Buckley on the back foot for the entire half with any Buckley passing play picked off as they tried to break out.

Bangor should have taken the lead with a controversial penalty when player-manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s experience bought his side a spot kick, after he was allegedly brought down in the box by Buckley keeper Joe Makaruk after being put clean through in on goal by an excellent through pass. Luckily for Buckley Makaruk was able to make amends with a fine save and the Buckley faithful felt justice had been served. The sides went in level at the break.

Buckley came out for the second half much better and decided to take the game to Bangor. As usual the flanks were the best source of inspiration and set pieces began to give Buckley hope. It was from one such corner that Buckley had their best chance of the game and if Callum Humphries had hit the target rather than shot high, wide and handsome things may have been different. At the end of the day he is a centre back, so we will forgive him that and for the most part he and his partner at the back Lewis Hone defended admirably.

In the end, Bangor crafted two goals. The first from a deep cross to the back stick that was headed back across goal for Marc Williams to score point blank on 75 minutes. The second from a fast break as Buckley pushed all their players forward looking to pull one back from Sam Jones on 85 minutes.

It was good to see Chris Roberts and Phill Molyneux make returns after lengthy periods out of the side through injury. Their experience has been missed. With Luke Douglas returning from suspension and hopefully Luke Blizard and Jake Roberts from illness, manager Dan Moore should have a full complement of players to chose from over the coming weeks, as we look to secure the points, we need to stem the slow slide down the standings. First up is the away trip to Conwy where we will look to reverse the narrow defeat, we suffered in the second game of the season at the Globe.

Match Stats, photos and video: See here

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Buckley Town 2 Rhyl 5

What a difference a week makes.

Buckley Town put simply were not at races today against Rhyl 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.”

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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.