Buckley Town strengthen ties with Champion Sports Elite

Buckley Town is delighted to announce today that we have signed a long term agreement with Champion Sports Elite (CSE), whose next ten 2-day football programmes will be held at the Globe.

CSE is ecstatic with this deal and they look forward to establishing their home at the Globe and nurturing the Buckley Town JFC talent within it in the coming years.

This also means, for the first time ever, discounted 1-2-1 sessions for Buckley Town JFC players throughout all of 2020!

Rhys Jones, a founder, said of the news, “We at CSE are extremely excited by the agreement with Buckley Town. We have loved hosting our camps there and offering some extra training for their players, and can’t wait to do more of the same in the next few years. This is the perfect way to start the new decade for us!”

Buckley Town Chairman Pete Gunson commented, “It’s great to have two Buckley Town lads showing ambition and running they’re own football coaching company. It seemed only natural to incorporate their knowledge and experience in bringing on the Junior BTFC players, helping them on the Buckley Town pathway from junior football into the senior ranks of the football club. CSE has been a fantastic help in sponsoring the newly refurbished clubhouse, along with RLA Capital, they have helped make the dream a reality, for all club members to enjoy for years to come!”

Kevin Holden, Chairman of Buckley Town JFC said, “We are really excited to have CSE as official partners providing our players 1-2-1‘s and sessions for our teams. With the extra tuition on offer, our players & parents have the option to become technically better players and also can take advantage of the amazing Football camps! All Buckley Town JFC players will receive a discounted rate for booking! We wish CSE all the very best on what will be a busy schedule and we look forward to working alongside them to mutually achieve our goals.”


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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.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones ©


Cefn Druids 0 Buckley Town 2

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.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones ©

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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.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones ©

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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.


Corwen 0 Buckley Town 2

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.


Pontardawe Town 3 Buckley Town 1

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.


Buckley Town 5 Penycae 0

Two from Jake Roberts and one each from Josh Jones, Tom Gunson, and Sam Spridgeon saw Buckley take all three points on a difficult playing surface that cut up dreadfully as the game progressed.

Penycae had their moments but they were simply outclassed by a better side on the day.

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