Mold Triumph In Local Derby
Nail Biting Encounter Sees Mold Take The Points.....
Buckley's first real chance came from a free kick which was flicked on but safely gathered by Lee Williams, in the Mold goal. Buckley then went on to create a couple of further chances but neither close range effort ended up in the Mold goal. Mold regrouped and went on the offensive through John Davies who crossed to Rhys Nash who in turn set up Owen Davies but he could not keep his shot down and it drifted over the cross bar. Buckley took the lead after 25 minutes following a sloppy clearance from Lee Williams which fell to a Buckley player and he set up Mike Cronshaw for an easy tap in. Buckley had more chances to score but the Mold defence stood firm and dealt well with any danger. Rhys Nash went close for Mold before Buckley almost scored again but the shot was wide of the mark. Buckley went in at half time with a 1-0 lead which will have been difficult for Mold to stomach after enjoying a lot of possession.
The home side came out for the second half and should have doubled their advantage but a Buckley header came back off the woodwork, the ball falling kindly to another Buckley player but the follow up shot went wide of the Mold goal. Adam McGee, in the Buckley goal pulled off a great save from a point blank range to deny Matty Lewis, before Mold made it 1-1 thanks to a Jordan Stafford free kick that was deflected over the stranded keeper and landed in the open net. Mold could have then gone on to take the lead but Jordan Stafford's shot high and wide of the goal. On 75 minutes Mold took the lead after the Buckley defence got in a muddle, failing several times to clear. Thanks to quick thinking from Arron Davies, who dummied the ball, Jordan Stafford was able to react quickest to the loose ball and he scored again from close range.
Buckley pushed defender Joel Haack up to striker as they pressed for a deserved equaliser. Phil Molyneaux took several throw ins which troubled the Mold defence and Mold keeper Lee Williams was forced to make a good save. The Buckley supporters thought the home side had equalised late on but the shot hit the side netting and Mold held on for a much needed win.
Following the game, Neil and Mike reflected on the victory:
"We made it clear to the lads before the game, what was at stake and we set out our stall with the team formation and instructions to individual players. We were really pleased with the way the players responded and how they implemented the game plan and were particularly heartened by the great effort, desire and determination that they showed, especially after some of our recent performances. The improvement from last week's game was a big plus for us and it's the minimum that we expect from our players week in, week out. The boys were superb from the first minute and apart from a mistake for the Buckley goal, they throughly deserved the victory".