Cymru North extra: Point for Bucks, all square between Conwy and Gresford

Danny Burgess rises for the ball in the Guilsfield box. All photos by Trevor Jones/BTFC

Guilsfield 1 (Lewis 46)
Buckley Town 1 (Roberts 76)

Buckley’s great start to the season continued as they followed up their opening night victory over Bangor City with an outstanding draw at Clos Mytton on Tuesday night.

Guilsfield had whipped Llandudno 3-0 in their first game, so Bucks knew they were in for a tough assignment.

It was a beautiful evening in mid-Wales and a feisty match in the JD Cymru North ensued, with no quarter given by either side.

The first half was combative, passionate and both sides were up for the battle. Chances fell to both teams but went begging as both ‘keepers made good saves.

It was the home team who drew first blood moments after the restart – a fine passing move ended with a superb curling effort into the top corner from Iwan Lewis.

Buckley celebrate their goal. All photos by Trevor Jones/BTFC

But the Bucks refused to back down and took the game to Guilsfield, with Asa Hamilton making a nuisance of himself up front against his old team.

In the end, patience paid off as Dylan Roberts picked the ball up midway in Guilsfield’s half, drove forward and fired a powerful drive past the keeper.

By the closing stages, a limping Hamilton was in defence and with the last kick of the game Joe Makaruk’s bar was rattled, but the ref’s whistle after nearly 10 minutes of added time saw a point apiece and keeps Buckley well up the league table as they head to Holywell this weekend.

Conwy Borough 0
Gresford Athletic 0

Joe Chaplin (left) hit the bar for Gresford

Visitors Gresford hit the crossbar twice in this goalless draw at Y Morfa.

Both teams had chances throughout the game, Athletic almost edging ahead through a 17th minute Nathan Williams free-kick which clattered the woodwork.

Gresford continued to control the game for large periods, with Joe Chaplin’s header also coming back off the bar towards the end of the first half, before Conwy had a penalty shout waved away in the 42nd minute.

The second half was lively and the game opened up more, but neither team could find a winner and in the end, took a point each.

Conwy manager Matty Jones said: “It was very pleasing for us to get another clean sheet in last night’s game. I feel that as a team we showed tremendous togetherness, commitment and determination to ensure that we came away from the game with a point.

“Both teams had chances and it really could have gone either way, we had a couple of strong penalty shouts and some good efforts, and Gresford have hit the bar twice so overall I’d say a draw was a fair result.”

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