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