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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