Leon Lobjoit’s extraordinary season continued this week when he helped himself to yet another hat-trick in Buckingham Town’s 6-0 thrashing of Thrapston Town.
With an amazing 58 goals in 34 games this season, it will surprise few that Lobjoit is by far and away the leading marksman across the United Counties League’s top two divisions, an emphatic 24 ahead of his nearest rival in Division One.
He has been a major reason behind Buckingham’s excellent form this season, and another hat-trick this week boosted both their points tally and goal difference in their chase for a top two finish.
After a bright start from Thrapston, which saw goalkeeper Ryan Thrussell and the Buckingham defence snuff out early danger, the Robins soon took control albeit without creating too many chances.
The match sprung to life in the 42nd minute as Tariq Kotey finished well from inside the penalty area and when captain Sam Bearman swept home a corner two minutes later, Town found themselves in a commanding position.
It could have been even better at half-time had Lobjoit not missed a penalty but, not to worry, Buckingham had their third when Lobjoit swung over a perfect cross for Kotey to head back across goal where Jelani Blair was there to score with a diving header.
The game was now over as a contest and Buckingham were dictating play all over the pitch and they sensed that there were more goals to be had.
That proved to be the case when Lobjoit added his name to the scoresheet just after the hour with a rapid breakaway and clinical finish and then almost turned provider five minutes later as he sent a firm low cross into the area that the incoming Kotey just failed to connect with.
Thrapston fell further behind in the 70th minute when Lobjoit again latched onto a well-placed through ball and lifted his shot over the advancing keeper and into the net.
Buckingham were dominant and the scoring was rounded off by that man Lobjoit seven minutes from time with a carbon copy of his first goal of the afternoon, which completed another hat-trick for the young Robins striker.
The six goals and three points keep Buckingham placed third in UCL Division One, one point adrift of second-placed Bugbrooke St Michaels and three behind leaders Daventry Town.
Saturday sees Buckingham travel into Rutland to take on ninth-placed Oakham Utd in what looks like a tricky fixture.