Buckley Town eased through to the semi-finals of the NEWFA Challenge Cup against a resolute Cefn Druids at the Rock.
With Cefn Druids playing with a mix of first-team players and reserves, Buckley Town scored a goal in each half.
The first half started at a fast pace with both teams contesting for control of the middle of the pitch. On nine minutes with Buckley hitting a shot on target, the Druids goalkeeper failed to punch the ball clear and Conner Littler swept the ball into the back of the net.
The second half saw a number of substitutions by both sides. With Buckley winning most second balls they were able to stroke the ball around and create a number of chances. On 57 minutes after a move of eight passes, a pass into the box saw Conner Littler secure his second goal of the game.
With ten minutes to go, Druids had an excellent opportunity to claw back a goal but failed to convert.
In the final period of the game, Jake Roberts had two more great chances to increase the Buckley lead but failed to hit the back of the net.
All round a much-improved performance to that of New Year, something that the surface at The Rock seems to instill in this Buckley Town team, as when they play on it they seem to excel. It allows them to play their more natural passing game, the second goal being clear evidence of that, something that becomes more elusive on the grass pitches of winter where a more pragmatic approach needs to be taken. With the next league game on a similar surface at Llandudno, we should hopefully see Buckley again at their best having had game time under their belts, and in preparation for an important run of games ahead in the month of January.
Tom Gunson scored Buckley Town’s first and then turned provider for Connor Littler in a 2-0 victory in the 1st Round of the WNL Reserves Division Cup at Bala FC’s Maes Tegid ground. The game had to be switched as the weather was making this tie almost impossible to be played on grass because of all the rain we have had in recent months in North Wales.
Buckley looked comfortable throughout in their victory and earned a quarter-final place in the competition where they will now play local rivals Mold Alex on the 1st February at Alyn Park with a 1:30 pm kick-off if it ever stops raining that is.
Aled Bellis scored Buckley Town’s only goal very late on in the game as the side went out of the JD Welsh Cup at the 3rd round stage. The team had a long journey home after being beaten comprehensively 3-1 by Pontardawe Town.
You have to wonder however if the outcome of the game would’ve been so different if Buckley had taken the three chances, they had in the first 10 minutes. In that period of play, Buckley was certainly on top.
Phill Molyneux had a chance to score but for once was outmuscled in front of the goal. Then what appeared to be a perfectly good goal was overturned by the linesman for a foul on the goalkeeper. This was a harsh decision as there did not seem to be any contact. The next chance came when Callum Humphreys had a goal disallowed for being marginally offside.
From that moment on Pontardawe seemed to grow in belief and slowly took control of the game.
The hosts were a yard faster and were able to find their men and win most of the second balls.
From then on Pontardawe took control of the game and their Craig Davies marshaled their defence giving Buckley very few chances.
In the second half, the game was killed off as the hosts had three chances and scored from two of them.
Buckley’s consolation goal came from Alex Bellis very late on in the game so it’s back to league action for a Buckley Town after a very disappointing display.
Goals from Aron Williams, Jake Roberts (pictured) and sub Phill Molyneux took Buckley Town into the 3rd round draw of the JD Welsh Cup.
Holyhead started the game in the Buckley Town half winning most of the second balls.
Then against the run of play, a perfect pass from Jake Roberts to Aron Williams was coolly slotted away to put Buckley Town one up.
For the rest of the half, Holyhead pressed forward but did not create any clear chances.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Then a moment of magic when Aron Williams received a pass from Phil Molyneux, put in a perfect cross and it was met by Jake Roberts who thundered it into the back of the net.
To Holyhead’s credit, they took the game to Buckley Town but the game was finally finished when Phil Molyneux outran the Holyhead defence and calmly slotted away to make the final score Holyhead 0 Buckley Town 3.
Today’s game between Buckley Town Reserves and Gresford Athletic Reserves ended in a 2-2 draw after Tom Gunson & Sam Spridgeon were on target for Buckley Town in a game of missed chances and decisions not given.
William Roberts scored both Gresford’s goals, the second being from the penalty spot.
Mold Alex gained the bragging rights in the Reserves derby match at Alyn Park with a 5 -1 victory.
The sides went in at the half in a well-balanced game that saw both sides have their chance to take the lead, most notable being Tom Gunson’s miss from the penalty spot and Adam Eden hitting the post before Alex took the lead for 1-0.
Lewis Hone was then sent off very early in the second with a straight red card and the whole momentum of the game swung in Mold’s favour. Buckley quickly found themselves 4-0 in rapid succession before going 5-0 down.
It was not until the 87′ that Josh Jones found the back of the net for a Buckley consolation.
Goals in either half from Daniel Sullivan and Thomas Creamer saw Rhyl take the spoils and it is they that know move forward to meet Connahs Quay Nomads in the second round next Saturday.
Buckley Town were poor defensively and had no real cutting edge up front to break Rhyl down. In fact, there were few notable chances in the game as a whole but what there were fell Rhyls way, with the first a header from a set play and the second a fortuitous miss kick that fell into Thomas Creamer’s path and clear in on goal.
Much to work on then for the players and the coaching staff, prior to the first league game of the season against Porthmadog on the 24th August, as we will need to improve greatly on today’s performance if we are to prosper in what is the strongest line up of clubs at Tier two-level for many seasons.