Conwy Borough kept Buckley Town honest throughout the game but it was Buckley that came out on top with a 2-3 win at Y Morfa.
Connor Littler, who had a fine game for Buckley Town, opened the scoring after six minutes reacting first in the box to knock the ball home (pictured left).
Conwy struck back when Craig Whelan fired home after twelve minutes but Aron Williams should have made it 1-2 when he missed from a yard out when it looked easier to score than miss. Then Corrig McGonigle scored a worldy from close to the halfway line, totally against the run of play, just on the stroke of half time.
Buckley came out for the second half determined to get back level and so they did when Aron Williams finished in typical style to make it 2-2 on forty-nine minutes.
Connor Littler then scored his second and Buckley Town’s third and winning goal (main picture and right) when he rose highest at the near post from a Keiron Moore corner.
Buckley could have gone further ahead and Conwy did go close late on but Town closed the game out well and sealed three good points on the road.
This game should have been all over in the first 18 minutes as Buckley had four clear cut chances to score but all were denied by former Buckley keeper Ben Jones. The saying goes that if you don’t take your chances you will be punished and from the fourth of these saves Gresford broke out on the counter to make it one-nil.
They then switched off at the restart and before they knew it Buckley were level as Aron Williams outran the Gresford defence and finished neatly past the advancing Jones.
In the second half, neither side could break the deadlock. Gresford came closest with a Kieran Evans free-kick that slammed against the Buckley bar but neither side could find that decisive moment to take all three points and the game finished 1-1.
The first half was pretty much one-way traffic as Buckley Town looked to open Llanfair up and to score the first goal in the game. That first goal proved elusive and it began to feel like one of those days that you would rue those missed chances. That feeling grew stronger when at the start of the second half an Andrew Hughes shot for Llanfair looped up over Joey Mararuk in the Buckley goal to make it 0-1.
The pattern of the game did not change but the formation and personnel did as Buckley Town went chasing what would now be an equaliser. Eventually, the pressure told on 72 minutes with a goal from top goal scorer and central defender Callum Humphries.
Buckley now had the bit between their teeth and with three points the goal went in search of a winner. On 78 minutes it came when Dylan Roberts picked up the ball on halfway line in the left-back position and set off on one of his at pace runs. He soon found himself in the box and unleashed a rocket that flew past the goalkeeper with no chance of him saving it.
A session of keeping the ball in the corner followed to see the game out and Buckley had the points they needed. Unfortunately, it has not led to a climb of the table because of the results around us. Hopefully, that will happen next week on the road in what will be a tough trip to Penrhyncoch.
For Buckley Town this game did not even start until the substitutions were made in the second half. They changed both the attitude and the desire to get something out of the game after falling 2-0 down by half time.
One of those subs Connor Littler reduced that lead to 2-1 after 78 minutes and Buckley then put Ruthin under sustained pressure. Lewis Hone had a great header ruled out by the linesman which would have made it 2-2 and also had two other great chances thwarted by Ruthin keeper Ryan Goldston to pull the difference back before Ruthin broke away to score a third after Joe Makaruk brought down a Ruthin forward to prevent him scoring. Unfortunately, he could not stop the ensuing penalty, and Ruthin made it 3-1 on the day.
Buckley’s performance and the availability of all players in the squad need to significantly improve if they are to avoid a relegation battle this season and that battle commences with a home game against the club 3rd bottom Llanfair United next Saturday where 3 points will pretty much be a necessity.
A great start to the game saw Buckley take a two-goal lead with set-piece goals from Callum Humphries but then defensive complacency set in from the 40th minute onwards allowing Town to concede four goals without reply.
Connor Littler hit the upright in the second half but Llanrhaeadr’s keeper had little else to do in the half as Buckley created nothing to trouble him in what was a very poor all-round performance.
Everyone at Buckley Town sends our best wishes to our former left-back Matty Roberts and hope that he recovers soon.
Matt was out on Thursday running but suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. He was found collapsed and unconscious by passers-by. He is currently in hospital recovering, is now awake after coming round but has been heavily sedated. He is responsive and would seem to be on the mend.
Matt is a local lad from Mynydd Isa and represented the club for many years and well known in local football community having also played in the Huws Gray Alliance for Mynydd Isa, Mold Alex, Holywell Town, and FC Nomads.
Goals either side of the break from Callum Humphries and an Aled Bellis penalty were enough for Buckley Town to win an entertaining game at the Globe.
Dean Seager was also on the mark from the penalty spot for Llandudno but Buckley proved too strong in the end for their opponents and took an important three points seeing them move up the league to 11th position and looking forward to meeting leaders Pretayn Town at Bastion Gardens on Friday night.