Buckingham Town cruised into the second round of the Berks & Bucks County Cup with an emphatic 8-1 victory over North Bucks Premier Division side Great LInford.
In a game that the Robins controlled from start to finish, Joe Donaldson put the visitors ahead with a towering header from a Mitch Brent cross on 15 minutes before Brent himself doubled the lead with a fine solo effort as he showed good footwork to beat two defenders and slot past the home goalkeeper.
The impressive Joel McCormick scored the third after 37 minutes with another well-taken finish. The goals continued to stack up in the second half as Buckingham dictated the pace of the game and played good football, with McCormick making it 4-0 before Brent scored a superb fifth when he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 30 yards.
Substitute Aman Nti then scored a brace within 15 minutes of coming on and Drew Mitten completed the scoring five minutes from time.
Town boss Chris Robson said afterwards: “Over the past few years we have had a poor record in this competition so it was important to progress into the next round.
“Great Linford have had a good start to their North Bucks Premier Division, so it was always going to be a potential banana skin for us, but I felt we dictated the game for the full 90 minutes and the scoreline did not flatter us.
“I was impressed with the football we played again and our build-up play and patience was superb.”
“I also used this game to give a few players who haven’t had many minutes this season the chance to impress me and they responded with some good performances.
“I felt our more established players were fantastic, especially Joel who completely ran the game today. That’s what we want from Joel - for him to get on the ball and to enjoy his football. When he does that and plays with a smile he is a joy to watch.
“Overall, it was a great performance from the lads and it keeps the momentum going with winning games.”
Buckingham play two home games in UCL Division One over the nextweek, first against Blackstones on Saturday and then Bugbrooke St Michaels on Tuesday.