Dream start for Dom as Buckingham finally hit form

Dom Schembre
Dom Schembre

Teenage striker Dom Schembre made a dream start to his Robins career when he netted back-to-back hat-tricks this week as a new-look Buckingham side ended their 11-match winless run with wins over Blackstones and Woodford.

On Saturday, manager Chris Robson handed full debuts to Enoch Sare, Tony Ellis and Nigel Wharton, as well as 19-year-old Schembre, who went onto score a hat-trick in a long overdue and much-needed 4-2 victory at Blackstones.

Then, on Wednesday, the Robins made it two wins in five days with a 5-2 triumph at Woodford United.

Schembre opened the scoring on five minutes before Paul Beevor levelled, but goals from Mitch Brent and Schembre put Town into a 3-1 lead.

Woodford player-manager Adam Knight reduced the deficit to one, only for Schembre to complete his hat-trick before Lewis Hallford sealed all three points with a late fifth.

Buckingham have climbed a place to 15th in United Counties League Division One.

Speaking after Saturday’s victory, Robson said: “I couldn’t fault the boys – all 11 were brilliant from start to finish and there was a great togetherness out there.

“It was the first time this season where all 11 players gave their all for 90 minutes.

“You could see they wanted it so bad and every one of them put a shift in and worked hard for each other. We also showed the quality we possess. I felt we attacked with great pace and skill, and should have scored two or three more today.

“That win should lift a massive weight off our shoulders as losing is a bad habit, so hopefully we can now kick on and try and distance ourselves from the bottom sides.”

Mesach Hendrickson’s first Buckingham goal put the Robins into a l

ead on Saturday, but Schembre was the hero with a debut hat-trick.

Speaking about the young striker, Robson added: “Dom is a goalscorer. I felt he drifted in and out of the game and on a pitch like that, it was hard for him to play his natural game, but credit to him he has a natural ability of being in the right place at the right time and he is so calm in front of goal.

“For a young lad like him to come in and score a hat-trick just shows what he is about.”

Buckingham play twice again this week, starting with a trip to Thrapston Town tomorrow (Sat) before they welcome high-flying Northampton ON Chenecks to Manor Fields next Wednesday.