Buckland straight back to form with nine-goal league thrashing
DESPITE a four-week break, Antony Lynch and his Buckland Athletic team returned to Western League action in good form last weekend, coming out 9-2 winners against Radstock Town.
Buckland's first game since December 8 also yielded their first three points of 2013 and lifts them into 11th place.
They will be hoping to continue their form this Saturday when they travel to Bitton (3pm).
Ash Edwards is to return for squad selection for this fixture after serving his one-match suspension, while striker Jamie Micklewright is awaiting clearance to play for Bucks after being released by Exeter City.
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Buckland are then back at Homers Heath next Wednesday when they face Torquay United in the quarter final of the St Luke's Bowl (7.30pm).
Last weekend, a nervous start from both sides at Homers Heath was a sign of rusty legs and a lack of match play.
However the Buckland attacking duo Chris Wright and Jamie Mudge were troubling Radstock's own Chris Wright between the posts from the early minutes.
Jamie Mudge opened the scoring on the half hour after a slip up from Radstock's Andrew Campbell allowed Mike Booth to run into the penalty area. Booth then squared across the box causing Wright to also fall on the slippy surface and Mudge slotted home from close range.
Six minutes later Buckland doubled their lead through Booth.
After Si Revell and Wright's shots were both deflected by the Radstock defence Booth got the ball under control and fired past Wright from 12 yards.
The home side scored once more before the break with Chris Wright getting his name on the score sheet in the 40th minute.
Revell's cross was looped in from the left and after the Radstock keeper pushed the ball out Wright was in the perfect position to score from close range.
When play resumed after the half time break it was Radstock who started brighter and pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute. A free kick allowed Radstock to push forward but Buckland's Kenny Griffiths initially cleared the ball away.
Radstock's Isaac Reid took control of the ball and was able to shoot back and slotted home underneath Griffiths.
Buckland didn't let Radstock's consolation goal worry them as in the 65th minute they made it 4-1 for the afternoon.
Good set up play was on show by Revell and Dean Stevens before Danny Gaze shot low to goalkeeper Wright's left from 12 yards out.
Homers Heath then witnessed a goal frenzy with four goals scored in just over six minutes.
Buckland made it five, six and 7-1 before the 75th minute. Beginning with Wright heading home six yards out from a Revell cross, substitute Ethan Phillips then scored his first goal for the club on his debut (with his first touch of the ball) from 25 yards out and then second substitute Gavin Hammon shot past the despairing goalkeeper with another 25 yard strike.
Radstock then scored their second goal of the afternoon and Isaac Reid was the goal scorer once more.
Otis Wilson slotted the ball through to Reid after breaking on the counter attack from Buckland in the 76th minute.
Buckland had time to score twice more before the 90 minutes and Chris Wright was to score his third and fourth goals of the game to give him 20 goals for his campaign this season.