Free-scoring Buckingham maintain winning record in pre-season

Buckingham in their new kit
Buckingham in their new kit

Buckingham Town maintained their 100 per cent start to pre-season by making it three wins from three with an emphatic 7-1 demolition of South Midlands Division Two side Clean Slate.

Drew Mitten put the Robins ahead on 10 minutes before he went onto bag four further first half goals to give Town a commanding 5-0 lead at the break.

Manager Chris Robson showed the strength in depth of his squad by making six half-time changes, including a debut for left-back Hately Mercer, who is close to joining the club from Winslow United.

Clear Slate pulled a goal back on 65 minutes, but trialist Elyas Omar curled a superb effort into the top corner from the edge of the box before a late free-kick from Callum Tychowski completed the win.

Robson said afterwards: “Overall, I was very pleased with the performance and work-rate in what was again a very hot day. We played some brilliant football at times and showed our patience by keeping possession for long spells of the game.

“When we attacked, we were clinical and looked like scoring every time we went forward.

“It’s great we are winning games and scoring goals but I am more pleased about their application and work-rate going into the games and training.”

Drew Mitten was on the score sheet again in another friendly at Grendon Rangers as he scored twice in a 5-1 win on Tuesday. Mitchell Brent and Joel McCormick also netted.

Meanwhile, British sprinter Darrell Elliott was a guest at one of the club’s training sessions.

Elliott, who recently reached the semi-finals of the British Championships in the 100m, offered his expertise to a handful of players with a number of sprint drills aimed to improve their speed and technique when sprinting during a game.

Elliott said afterwards: “I have been good friends for many years with Chris and while having a talk on the phone, we got onto the subject about how his new role at Buckingham.

“We spoke about a few players who are already quite fast and we discussed about myself coming down for a session to work with a few players on their speed.”

Robson added: “Darrell is a great guy and a good friend of mine so on behalf of everyone at the club I got to thank him for giving up his time to come and work with the players.”