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Llanrhaeadr 1 Buckley Town 2

In recent weeks Buckley Town seem to have been most effective at getting results when playing away from home and so it was at Llanrhaeadr as the Claymen ground out a 2-1 win.

They rode their luck at times early on but the main talking points of the first half were two challenges just before the interval that may have gone against Buckley, firstly when keeper Joe Makaruk took down his opponent outside the box only to receive a yellow card and then a blatant penalty appeal by Llanrhaeadr that was turned down by the officials when it would have seemed easier to give it. Few would have questioned it and the sides went in level.

Buckley dominated the early play in the second half and this came to fruition when Jake Roberts found Phill Molyneux on the right edge of the six-yard box and the veteran striker pivoted to volley home.

Buckley continued to press and looked the more likely to add to their lead but it was Llanrhaeadr that managed to bring things level when Dan Graham was allowed to hold the ball with his back to goal and whilst the Buckley defence stood off him he turned and shot in one movement for a well-taken goal.

Buckley again pressed for the winner but it was not until the 89th minute that Phill Molyneux found himself put through one and one with the keeper who desperately tried to stop him but, in his efforts to do so, dragged the striker down. Up stepped Aled Bellis to fire the ball home from the spot and Buckley closed the game out without further incident.

An excellent performance on the road by the Claymen against the side 5th in the league prior to kick-off and one that will allow them to take some momentum into Tuesday nights home fixture against Bangor City.

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Corwen 1 Buckley Town 1

The six-pointer at the bottom of the table started with Corwen having most of the early play with three great saves by Buckley’s goalkeeper Joe Makuruk stopping Corwen from gaining the upper hand.

The game changed when Corwen’s debutant goalkeeper Keighan Jones failed to control a back pass and then could not recover from his mistake to allow Buckley’s Sam Spridgeon the simple task of slamming the ball into the back of the net.

With Corwen playing the long ball, Buckley’s defence ensured they had no more chances and just before halftime Aron Williams went on a wonderful run beating six Corwen players with his final shot flashing just past the upright.

A scrappy second half saw Corwen take the game to Buckley and it was they who were the more aggressive in an attempt to get themselves back into the game. Buckley held firm but were not the offensive force that they had been in the first half. Disaster then struck for Buckley when the referee finally realised, after a further ten minutes of play, that he had booked Callum Humphries twice and finally sent him off. The red card was needless and the result of ill-discipline and getting involved in something that there was simply not the need for. It left Buckley short at the back and ultimately would cost his side all three points as they were forced to defend against a Corwen side that could then make the number disadvantage tell.

Eventually, Corwen were rewarded for their effort when Sam Henry levelled the score. Their goal also seemed to change the momentum of the game as Buckley, despite playing with only ten men, took the game back to Corwen. The final ten minutes were eventful with Corwen’s keeper making three saves as Buckley Town pressed forward. Then with two minutes left, Buckley substitute Jake Roberts hit the woodwork with one of his free-kick specials and also went close with a second effort but with Buckley finishing the game the stronger it ended in a one-all draw.

Buckley Town’s Man of the match was skipper Joe Makuruk.

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Buckley Town 0 Prestatyn Town 5

A rampant Prestatyn moved 12 points clear at the top after taking Buckley Town to the cleaners at Globe Way.

Neil Gibson’s side took the lead in the very first minute from a Ben Maher free-kick. Played in low Jordan Davies took a touch, turned, and rifled the ball past Joe Makaruk from the edge of the box.

The Seasiders had several other close calls before in the 36th minute Dan Roberts lost his marker from a Maher corner and scored with a bullet header to make it 2-0 at half time.

A great team move ended with Davies setting up Jack Kenny to tap home the third.

Ian Griffiths came on in the 70th minute and it was he who notched the final two goals.

Three minutes into added time, the striker rounded the keeper for number four and he soon added Town’s fifth.

Match report courtesy of : www.nwsport.co.uk

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Llandudno 0 Buckley Town 1

In near farcical weather conditions with a Force 10 Gale and driving rain blowing across the pitch, the players of both sides did the best they could to make a game of it. In reality, they were more likely to hit a Coach in the Carpark outside the ground than they were to hit the back of the net and when you see Seagulls flying backward you know that the football played on the pitch is going to be all about mastering the conditions and making as few mistakes as possible to limit any damage. Credit has to go to both sides for actually making a contest of it in just about as difficult and adverse conditions you could ever imagine a football game being played.

Buckley had the wind at their backs in the first half, Llandudno in the second. Buckley made the most of it in that earlier period and pretty much kept Llandudno pinned in their own half. Getting the ball over the halfway line took a monumental effort and so it was Buckley that looked the most likely to score but it took till just before half time for them to break the deadlock. Josh Jones was the man for the task. Having had a previous effort blocked, he had got the measure of the wind and when a second opportunity presented itself, he hit a powerful shot low and hard which Shaun Pearson in the Llandudno goal simply could not get strong enough hands on to so as to parry the ball away from goal. Agonisingly, it slipped through his grasp and rolled into the back of the net with the remaining momentum of the shot.

The second half was the reverse of the first and it was Buckley’s turn to be penned in. Joe Makaruk was regularly called upon to make saves throughout the half but Buckley defended as a unit and made life difficult for their opponents, simply refusing to be broken down with a resolute display that absorbed whatever the elements and Llandudno could throw at them. It was a spirited display in atrocious conditions that was met with a great cheer at the final whistle from both the players and the traveling support.

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Buckley Town 0 Llangefni Town 3

At the Globe, there was very little New Year cheer for Buckley Town’s fans.

With Buckley enjoying most of the play in the first half they conceded a soft goal when Buckley’s defence just stood still and allowed Llangefni to score at the back post following a crossed in ball from the right.

The second-half started brightly with Buckley pressurising Llangefni. However, a ball out of defence down the right-wing was crossed perfectly for a simple tap in to make it two-nil for Llangefni.

With Buckley still pressing, Llangefni’s rear guard soaked up all the pressure. Then with Buckley just missing a golden chance to score, a route one pass out of defence gave Llangefni their third goal. Three chances, three goals

Credit to Llangefni. Their defence was well organised, they gave little away and they limited Buckley very well despite them having the majority of the play throughout the game. Overall it was a very disappointing performance by Buckley and they will now hope that with a run of games they can build some consistency in what has been a stop-start season for them. With games in hand, they have a chance to move away from the bottom of the league, meaning that the points on offer become all-important.

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Flint Town United 3 Buckley Town 0

Buckley Town’s stop-start season ended the year with a loss at second-placed Flint Town United with a lethargic performance in which they never really looked like putting together more than two passes at a time on a bumpy and very slippery surface. Lack of game time showed and Flint Town were much sharper in what was, in the end, a comfortable victory for them.

Buckley looked much brighter on the hour mark when manager Dan Moore introduced all three substitutes at the same time and were better able to take the game to Flint but the match was pretty much already over as a contest by this time, being 3-0 down following goals from Mark Cadwallader (2) and Richie Foulkes. During that period Dylan Roberts rasping drive was the only really notable effort of the game that troubled Flint’s keeper John Danby.

Buckley Town now go into a New Year’s Day fixture at home to Llangefni Town in what is looking like being a six-pointer, having slipped into the relegation zone and will need a much better all-round performance if they are to gain anything from the game and climb away from those beneath them.

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Conwy Borough 2 Buckley Town 3

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.

 

 

 

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