A new-look Buckingham Town side finally ended their 11-match winless run with a comfortable 4-2 victory over Blackstones in UCL Division One.
Manager Chris Robson gave full debuts to Enoch Sare, Tony Ellis and Nigel Wharton, as well as 19-year-old Dom Schembre who went onto score a hat-trick.
Robson said afterwards: “I couldn’t fault the boys today, all 11 were brilliant from start to finish, and there was a great togetherness out there.
“It was the first time this season where we had 11 players give their all for 90mins. You could see they wanted it so bad, and every one of them put a shift in and worked hard for each other. “Not only did we work hard, we also showed the quality we possess. I felt we attacked with great pace and skill, and to be fair, should have scored two or three more today.
“That win should lift a massive weight of our shoulders as losing is a bad habit, so hopefully we can now kick on and try and distance ourselves from the bottom sides.”
Meshack Hendrickson’s first Buckingham goal put the Robins into a sixth minute lead before Schembre doubled the advantage with a brilliant solo goal as he beat two men with ease and curled the ball into the top corner.
Blackstones hit back but Schembre scored twice more in the second half to wrap up a much-needed and long overdue victory.
Speaking about the hat-trick hero, 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 on his debut score a hat-trick just shows what he is about. He is still very young and if he listens to the coaches and I, and keeps working hard, he will have a great future in the game.
“As I said though, it wasn’t just Dom, I felt all the lads were brilliant. Enoch and Dan were superb at the back, with Nigel and Tony also doing very well on debut.
“Scott Murchie for me was our man of the match with a great performance in the centre of the park, and attacking wise the wide men and strikers were exciting to watch.”
Buckingham are in action again tonight, Wednesday, when they visit Woodford United.