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Airbus UK Broughton 3 Buckley Town 2

Yet again these two well matched sides put on an entertaining game that was only settled late on with Airbus running out victors.

Buckley opened the game the brightest and Jake Roberts had a good chance early on but it was Airbus that took the lead when Steve Tommasson scored after 35 minutes.

They made it two with a Sam Hart strike on 57 minutes. It looked like Airbus had done enough in easing themselves ahead and the match would pitter out but it was then turned on its head by two pieces of individual brilliance by Buckley Town players.

First, just seconds after Airbus had scored their second, centre back Chris Roberts chanced his arm from some 20 yards inside his own half. The ball sailed high but true in the wind and found Airbus keeper Dave Roberts all at sea, as he back peddled to try and desperately keep the ball out. He didn’t succeed and all of a sudden it was 2-1.

With the wind at their backs Buckley were now in the ascendancy and full of renewed hope. They won a free kick on the edge of the Airbus box and Jake Roberts stepped up and hit an absolute stunner into the top corner with a fine strike (see video).

Buckley took the game to Airbus and it looked like they would crack under the pressure. Buckley had a great shout for a penalty but the referee declined the appeal and then with Adam Eden clear in on goal the linesman raised his flag to pulled the play back. Suffice it to say, neither decision went down well with the highly vocal travelling support and they made their opinions well and truly known.

Airbus weathered the storm and if you are going to win the league, you have to find a way to win these sorts of games. Buckley pushed Airbus close earlier in the season at the Globe, only to fall behind late on in the game and so it was here. With 7 minutes remaining Airbus broke out and Ryan Edwards found the back of the net to break Buckley hearts.

Airbus will now probably go on and win the league and good luck to our local rivals but they will look back on these two games with Buckley and know they were pushed oh so very close. The six points gained will be instrumental in their season.

We must take the positives, of which there have been many, from these two games against Airbus and take them into our remaining fixtures, as we seek the highest possible finish we can attain in the league. Next up Rhyl at Belle View.

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An afternoon with legendary groundhopper John Stancombe

A Groundhopper (for those that don’t know) is a person who collects football grounds, as well as supporting their own team.  Doing it properly entails a lot of planning, travelling, time and money.

John Stancombe is no ordinary groundhopper, he is a man who takes it seriously with over 10,522 miles travelled.  In January this year John got in touch with the club wishing to make Buckley Town’s ground his 1,705th non-league ground visited.

What makes John’s story even more remarkable is that he is totally blind, travels by himself and lives in Lowestoft.  John is not content with just visiting the ground he wants to be able to learn about the layout and the structures within, plus be able to follow and enjoy a game of football.

This is where he relies on volunteers at the club to help him enjoy the day and at Buckley Town, he found a club with the community at its heart, with volunteers who welcomed him with open arms. 

John organised to come to the club to watch Buckley Town’s game against Holyhead Hotspur a day after watching Rhyl’s game against Holywell Town.  Rhyl won 1-0 so the indications were that he might bring some luck with his visit (not that the Buckley Team needed it of late after a decent run of results).

David Carlisle (Rhyl’s Media Officer) kindly dropped him off on the day and on meeting him in person, John clearly sets out what he wants to get from the day.  Like any serious groundhopper he has an agenda and time was not to be wasted.

The day started with a tour around the ground, where I was called upon to describe every little detail such as the shape of the buildings, materials used, to how many seats and rows were in each stand.  Everything was recorded on his Dictaphone so that he could refer to it when he returned home.

His mental arithmetic put me to shame and he also put me to test on my use of adjectives. What would have normally taken 15 mins took just around an hour to complete.  On completion of the tour I was going hoarse and was getting a little concerned about my next task; commentary of the game.

For this, I had to run around to find the team sheet to help me with the challenge.  Feeling a little guilty I left John in the bar, however, this was unnecessary as on my return I found him holding court testing everyone on their knowledge of Buckley Town.  Not only listening intently to see what new things he could learn but also correcting people from what can only be described as photographic memory of the Welsh lower leagues.

As kick off drew near we decided to sit ourselves in the centre of the main stand at the back to give me the best advantage of the game to ensure that he didn’t miss out on any of the game action.  I was relatively apprehensive about this part as putting names to faces was going to be a difficult task and the thought of talking non-stop for 45 mins was challenging. 

One of the great things about Buckley Town Football Club is their football fans.  Not wanting to see one of their own struggling they chipped in with their take on the events which must have gave John relief from my voice!

John’s presence had the desired affect on the Buckley side with the team winning 2-0 and, in his view, it was a better game than the Rhyl match (Sorry David Carlisle).  Once the match was over there was one last bit of generosity on Buckley Town’s part as Events and Fundraising Officer Kevin Williams presented him a Buckley Town hat. From there I whisked him off to Chester Station so he could get his train back to Lowestoft which would get him in at past midnight.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet John, his enthusiasm and dedication to groundhopping shone through and he was also very knowledgeable about the game.  He had a great personality and lots of character which will stand him in good stead as he completes his challenge.  Whilst it was an honour to help him on his way to achieving his goal, I am hoping that he left Buckley Town thinking that we were not just another statistic but a proper club at the heart and soul of the community.       

Duncan Macaskill

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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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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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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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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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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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Details

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

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
Michael GrayNathan WheatleyRyan 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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2018

Buckley Town FC would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters for the tremendous support throughout the entire year of 2018.

The club has experienced great highs this year and none of that would be achievable without you the fans. From the league win vs Brickfield at home, where 604 fans flooded the Globe to the current run of form for 2018.

Some highlights to mention. The 3-2 comeback where Jake Roberts scored the 30-yard screamer Vs Chirk AAA. Pretty much no games for a month at the end of February to March. The 5-0 win over Cefn Albion away, everything just flowed that day. The 100 plus Town supporters who made the trip to Brickfield where Buckley equalised late on through Aled Bellis. Then onto the big one. Aled Bellis scoring an injury time penalty to gain promotion for the Bucks. That cheer was something else. Never seen the Globe so full. 

Video courtesy of Paul Bradley

Onward from that the Juniors holding their tournament at the Globe. A well organised event structured perfectly by the them, giving hundreds of children the chance to play football.

Then the inclusion of 5 local lads into the reserves. The football club is heading into the right direction whilst working with its local community.

The 2018/19 season has been positive thus far. The 21 points collected and the ever-growing local talent pool. Not to exclude the goals from halfway line by Phill Molyneux and Josh Jones. Beating Prestatyn Town on their own patch 4-0 plus all of the other great games of football. Dan Moore’s Manager of the Month and Joe Makaruk’s Player of the Month Awards.

Here’s to the next year.

And thank you once again for your full support.

All at

Buckley Town FC

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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