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Miles of Support

Miles of Support

Buckley Town Football Club, Champion Sports Elite, Chris Hibbert Coaching & Spectra Media have come together in support of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board & Buckley Town Football Club.

Together we are aiming to cover #100thousandmiles, using human powered travel only, and in the process are raising funds for Betsi Cadwaladr and our Football Club, 80% of funds raised will be donated to Betsi Cadwaladr, with 20% going towards the effort of ensuring the survival of our great Football Club.

The current global pandemic poses problems across all sectors, none more so than for our NHS where resources are being stretched to an unprecedented degree.

And whilst Football is not the most important thing in our lives at present, many grassroots Football Clubs such as ours rely heavily on the playing of games and participation of our, in excess of, 450 members in order to survive.

As a Football Club we aim to cover the distance whilst engaging with our local community along the way, and with that look to promote a healthy and active lifestyle during this difficult period, we appreciate the benefits of staying active are far reaching both with supporting our physical and mental wellbeing!

If you are able to contribute either by way of completing some miles or by making a donation, please see the below.

Donate

Donate via Just Giving using justgiving.com/crowdfunding/miles-of-support

Submit Your Mileage

Share your mileage on social media, use our ‘I’m Taking Part’ image and the hashtags below!

Submit your mileage by sending a screenshot to challenge@championsportselite.co.uk 

This is important so that we know how close we are to achieving our target, there are plenty of user-friendly apps available which can be used to track your miles!

#milesofsupport

#100thousandmiles

#supporttheNHS

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FAW STATEMENT: DOMESTIC FOOTBALL | COVID-19

The Football Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until 4 April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

Advice & Information Links:

FAW Live COVID-19 Updates

NHS Advice

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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.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones ©

Pictures courtesy of Nic Johnston ©

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Rob Jones back in action

Somewhat under the radar, defender Rob Jones made his first competitive appearance in a Buckley Town shirt, since breaking and dislocating his ankle and leg at the beginning of last season in a Reserves game at FC Nomads. It was a horrific injury and one that any player would do really well to come back from and kick a ball again.

We caught up with him this week after the Reserves game at The Rock against Cefn Druids.

Q. How did it feel being back in competitive action for the first time in 18 months?

Yeh, I managed 60 minutes and started right back. It was the perfect game for me to come back to on a 3G pitch.

Q. How is the recovery going?

The recovery is difficult because the more I try and get back in the team, for example, with my fitness, training, etc, the more aches and pains I feel especially, for the next couple of days. Whereas when I rest… my ankle feels great but my fitness starts to decline, which is where I feel I’m taking a step back in my progress, so I’m trying my best to push myself.

Q. How long has it taken?

The injury happened back in August 2018… yes it’s a long time and the injury has really taken it out of me mentally and physically but I am determined to be back to my old self again.

Q. How long have you been back training?

I have been training on and off for a while now, as I don’t want to overload my injury too much and be out for a longer time.

Q. What was it like going back onto the field of play on Friday night? Any fears or were you just desperate to get out there?

I was very nervous but excited to get back on to the field. I am definitely making progress.

Q. Anyone you would like to thank who has aided you back to fitness?

I would like to thank all the lads that were there on the day for me when my injury happened, every single one was a massive help. I want to thank the coaching staff for getting me back involved with the lads and in training and constantly asking how I am and where I am up to in terms of progress. Lastly, I would like to thank the committee and the fans as I felt very welcome when I came back to the Globe to watch the lads when I was in my wheelchair and crutches.

Q. Add anything else you want to say yourself also?

I just want to thank everyone for all the support as it has been very difficult for me but now I am raring to get playing and back to the standard I was at. Up the Bucks!

Manager Dan Moore added, “We’re pleased to see Rob playing, he has actually been training for a number of weeks and felt ready enough to play for our reserves a couple of weeks back.

We were obviously gutted when he suffered the injury he did which kept him off his feet for 12 months. I know he’s been working hard in his own time and in training to give himself the best chance of fully recovering. It’s tough being injured and it’s not been easy for Rob, he’s had a couple of setbacks but he’s always been positive, his attitude is unquestionable.

We’ve seen in training over the past month that he’s well on his way in terms of recovery, he’s looked really sharp and very much like his old self. He’s a well-liked member of the squad who played an important role in our 17-18 run-in, and we hope to see him push on over the remainder of this season.

On a personal level I know I’ve not seen the best of him in a Buckley shirt, and of course, it’s my job to bring that out of him, so we will work hard to make it happen.”

Buckley Town Chairman Pete Gunson added, “I was at the game when the incident happened, most of us, including Rob, thought it would be a career-ending injury, it was one of the worst injuries I have witnessed.

I was lucky enough to be making a guest appearance in the dugout for Rob’s first game back, away at Cefn Druids, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but to say seeing Rob back on the pitch, and being part of the team ‘made my day’ is an understatement, he played 60 minutes with no problems.

Hard work and the support of family and friends has made Rob’s comeback possible, on behalf of myself and everyone at Buckley Town, I’d like to wish Rob all the best for the rest of the season, and hopefully many more years as a Buckley player!!”

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Mold Alex 1 Buckley Town 0

A howling wind down the ground made anything of quality in the final third difficult as both sides struggled to master the wind and as a result, the game was not a spectacle of any sort.

Both sides battled for what they received and had spells of domination within each half but it was Mold that found the better chances and it Buckley’s Jack Edwards that was the busier of the two keepers during the game.

Mold Alex scored the only goal of the game to win the bragging rights with a strike from James Ratcliffe in the 75th minute and it is they that progress to the semi-final of the competition.

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Callum Humphries signs for Widnes FC

Callum Humphries will be leaving the club this week, after completing a transfer to the Northern Premier League club, Widnes FC.

Callum joined the club at the start of the 2018-19 season following our promotion to the JD Cymru North and has played an integral role in our effort to bring some stability to our on-field affairs and retain our Tier 2 status.

Dan Moore said, ‘Callum has been great since he joined us. We’ve consistently received approaches from other clubs throughout his time with us, which is an indication of his levels of performance. He has huge potential and in my opinion, really should be playing at a higher standard.

Of course, moving into the English pyramid offers him a different challenge and route forward. For Callum to be moving to a club operating only a couple of divisions below the National League shows his progression over the past 18 months.

His transfer alongside Aron’s transfer to The Nomads, as much as they come at the wrong time for us, are a testament to the hard work of our coaching staff and the players themselves within our ever-improving setup.’

Everyone at the Club would like to thank Callum for his hard work and effort in a Buckley Town shirt!

Nationality
eng England
Position
Defender
Sponsored By:
Dale Recycling Ltd.
Height
6' 4"
Weight
85 kgs
Current Team
Buckley Town
Past Teams
Brickfield Rangers, FC Nomads, Flint Town Utd, Saltney Town
Seasons
2020, 2019
Age
25

Huws Gray Alliance

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2019Buckley Town00802646.1515.3838.460
Total-00802646.1515.3838.460

JD Welsh Cup

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town0011366.670.0033.330
2019Buckley Town000000000
Total-0011366.670.0033.330

Nathaniel MG Cup

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
Total-0.000.00100.00

NEWFA Challenge Cup

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
Total-100.000.000.00

JD Cymru North

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town50711631.2518.7550.002
Total-50711631.2518.7550.002

Welsh National League - Reserves Division

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town20003100.000.000.000
2019Buckley Town000000000
Total-20003100.000.000.000

Career Total

SeasonGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
202070822445.8312.5041.672
201920802846.4314.2939.290
Total901625246.1513.4640.382

Widnes FC website can be found here

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Aron Williams joins Nomads

Aron Williams will be leaving the club this week, after securing a permanent transfer to JD Cymru Premier club The Nomads.

Aron has been offered the chance to make the step up after a successful trial period with the Europa League qualifiers who are currently second place in the top flight.

Dan Moore has had this to say on the transfer, ‘Aron fully deserves this opportunity to test himself at the highest level in domestic Welsh football.

He has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the past two and a half seasons, we couldn’t have asked more from him. His attitude, application and levels of commitment over his time with us have given him the platform to progress as a player.

We have worked hard with him especially over the past twelve months to help him improve his overall game, and we believe he has improved significantly in key areas.

When you couple this improvement with the fact that he is probably the best athlete you’ll find at this level of football, he has become an extremely effective player, creating and scoring goals, and also contributing his fair share out of possession.

On a personal level I would like to place my thanks to him on record, he’s such an honest, hard-working person, who is willing to learn, and as a manager that is all I ask. I had to persuade him to carry on playing football three years ago, and I’m sure he’s pleased now that I managed to do that!

I’m sure he will continue to progress with the level of support he will receive as he moves on to The Nomads, he is a great example of how showing the right attitude can support players in their development.’

Everyone would like to wish Aron well as he leaves the Club, and thank him for his efforts in a Buckley Town shirt!

Nationality
wal Wales
Position
Midfield
Nickname
Azz
Height
5' 11"
Weight
80 kgs
Current Team
Buckley Town
Past Teams
Nomads, FC Nomads, Penycae
Seasons
2020, 2018, 2019
Age
24

Huws Gray Alliance

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town000000000
2019Buckley Town35402744.4418.5237.040
Total-35402744.4418.5237.040

JD Welsh Cup

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town2100366.670.0033.330
2018Buckley Town000000000
2019Buckley Town000000000
Total-2100366.670.0033.330

Nathaniel MG Cup

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
Total-0.000.00100.00

JD Cymru North

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town40001729.4117.6552.940
Total-40001729.4117.6552.940

Welsh National League - Premier Division

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2018Buckley Town100001877.7811.1111.110
Total-100001877.7811.1111.110

Welsh National League - Reserves Division

SeasonClubGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
2020Buckley Town20001100.000.000.000
2018Buckley Town000000000
2019Buckley Town000000000
Total-20001100.000.000.000

Career Total

SeasonGoalsAssistsYellow CardsRed CardsAppearancesWin RatioDraw RatioLoss RatioOwn Goals
202081002441.6712.5045.830
2018120002171.439.5219.050
201946403043.3316.6740.000
Total247407552.5612.8234.620

Connah’s Quay Nomads website can be found here

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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.

Pictures courtesy of Trevor Jones ©