With all the recent bad weather it was nice to get back out into the sunshine with a trip down Wood Lane and onto the Highway to visit our local rivals Hawarden Rangers for our second derby match within a week.
Buckley started the game well but neither side could calve out any real clear goalmouth strikes in the first quarter of the game. Hawarden came closest mid-way through the half forcing Buckley keeper Joe Makaruk to turn a well struck shot over the bar with a full-length dive to his left. For all their effort Buckley did not create anything of note in the entire half and within minutes of half time went behind to a well taken Wayne Edwards free kick. From the left side of Buckley’s box and twenty yards out he whipped the ball over the wall with enough curl to leave Makaruk no chance.
Buckley came out of the dressing room for the second half with the obvious words of their manager ringing in their ears and set about the task of getting back into the game. Within six minutes they were level when Aron Williams levelled the match with one of his typical breaks down the right that saw him cut in and rifle the ball past the keeper with a well taken shot from a narrow angle.
Jake Roberts nearly made it two with a similar move that saw him free down the right but his effort from the same narrow angle found the side netting. Buckley continued to dominate the half but clear chances remained elusive.
Paul Keenan, Adam Eden and Jake Roberts tried their best to create something but it was not till the eighty first minute that Buckley got their just rewards. Paul Keenan received the ball in the box and with a neat turn to his left leaving the defender for dead but with others closing him down he slipped the ball to his left for Adam Eden to fire the ball home through the lunging bodies desperate to block him.
Aron Williams could have made it three very late on but in the end two was enough. Job done and on to Wepre Park on Tuesday night.