Five-star Martin helps Athletic hammer Cranfield

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Buckingham Athletic continued their tremendous run of form with an 8-2 thrashing over Cranfield at Stratford Fields on Tuesday evening.

Athletic were eager to to play after another postponement at the weekend and straight from the kick-off the hosts showed their intentions as they pushed Cranfield back and took the lead within six minutes through a Glen Hawkins header.

Buckingham continued to display some slick, open football and they peppered the Cranfield goal but chances were squandered and they were punished by a Cranfield equaliser.

However, a blistering 15-minute spell from Athletic put the result beyond doubt.

A quick-fire hat-trick from leading scorer Phil Martin did the damage – his first coming from a great solo run before the Cranfield defence twice failed to clear corners and Martin took full advantage.

Leading 4-1, Athletic played with confidence and had further chances through Jonny Cater and Pat Hooper but it was a Dave O’Dell free-kick that extended the lead on the stroke of half time.

The second half was more of the same as Adam Bone sent Martin clear to score the home side’s sixth.

Then came the best goal of the game when – on the hour-mark – Bone passed out wide to Cater and his perfectly-placed cross was met by Martin for his fifth of the night.

Cranfield got one back 12 minutes from time but Athletic refused to let up with the impressive Cater bagging Athletic’s eighth and final goal.

As for the reserves, they backed up their 2-0 defeat to Crawley Green at the weekend with a 1-1 draw against local rivals Winslow United on Tuesday – Craig Howkins with Athletic’s goal.

The youth team also had a good win after they came from a goal down to beat Holyport 3-1 with goals from Luke Tavener and a brace for Bradley Walker.

This Saturday, Athletic’s first team travel to SSML Division One league leaders Hoddesdon Town, while the Reserves are at home to Biggleswade and the youth team take on Henley Town.