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Buckley Town 1 Chester City 4

THE Blues' Conference class proved too much for Buckley on Monday as Danny Collins made his Globe Way return.

THE Blues' Conference class proved too much for Buckley on Monday as Danny Collins made his Globe Way return.

The 22-year-old striker, whose transfer from Buckley to City last December paved the way for this week's money-spinning friendly, was handed a starting role by Mark Wright and showed flashes of the skill that secured him a full-time contract.

Collins has a fight on his hands to win a f irst team place at the Deva this season, but the fact he lasted only 45 minutes on Monday was no reflection on his performance.

Wright, like his Buckley counterpart Simon Sedgwick, made wholesale changes at the interval to ensure everyone in his ever-expanding first-team squad was given a run-out.

Buckley's wheeler-dealer manager is never short of players and he was able to give a run-out to several new faces, including ex-Halkyn United midf ielder Ian Clayton and trialist Kevin Rae.

The most impressive arrival was striker Darren Williams. The former Cefn United man's movement presented the biggest worry to Chester's back four during the second half and his persistence was rewarded on 63 minutes.

Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, Williams turned and drove at the heart of City's defence before dispatching a low right-footed shot into the corner of keeper John Worsnop's net.

The goal cancelled out Dave Cameron's 10th-minute opener, which came from the penalty spot following an ill-advised tackle from Rae on Ryan Sugden.

Buckley showed flashes of the football that saw them finish f ifth in the Cymru Alliance last season, but Chester's superior fitness meant they had the upper hand in the closing stages.

Mark Beesley made it 2-1 from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time after Jimmy Harrison fouled Michael Twiss. Four minutes later, Twiss hooked a shot past advancing Buckley keeper Paul Turner and Steve Brodie made it four with a header from a Paul Carden cross at the death.

Buckley: First half: Turner, Hanson, Rae, Lovatt, L Jones, A Davies, Clayton, Harrison, Pinard, Nunnerley, Chesters.

Second half: Turner (Sylvester), Harrison, Rae (Hanson), G Hinchcliffe, L Collins, Richards, Neal, Lewis, Hussaney, Goodwin, D Williams.

Chester: First half: W Brown, Bolland, Hatswell, Blackburn, Kelly, M Brown, Sugden, Ruffer, Cameron, Whittaker, D Collins.

Second half: Worsnop, McIntyre, Carey, Bolland, Hatswell, Twiss, Beesley, Brodie, Carden, Lancaster, Davies.

Attendance: 800.


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