De­fender’s tre­ble de­nies four-goal striker of match ball

Prize is given to free-scor­ing cen­tre-back

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

STRIKER Danny Bur­nell bagged four goals for Flack­well Heath on Satur­day – but still didn’t take home the match ball.

The prized pos­ses­sion in­stead went to Tom Will­ment for scor­ing a hat-trick from cen­tre-back in a 10-0 win over Brack­ley Town Saints.

Matt Stock­hill, Jamie Es­sex and Jack Thom­son-Wheeler also net­ted in an em­phatic win which put the Hea­thens sec­ond in the Hel­lenic Premier, be­fore Thame United’s mid­week win put them in third.

Man­ager Paul Shone said: “Tom got the match ball for scor­ing a hat­trick from cen­tre-half, as that’s some­thing of a rar­ity, whereas Dan will get more hat-tricks.

“Okay, we were play­ing a young side, but you can’t take any­thing away from the per­for­mance. We could have taken it easy and switched off af­ter be­ing three goals up at half time, but we kept go­ing for the throat, which is what se­ri­ous ti­tle chalengers have to do.

“Scor­ing 10 goals at any level is im­pres­sive, and it’s a first for me. We beat Burn­ham 9-0 ear­lier in the sea­son, so it will do our goal dif­fer­ence a world of good, and it looks like it will be tight at the top.

“I’m not sure if it’s a record win for the club or not, I’ll be ask­ing some of the older heads around the place, but it sends a mes­sage out that we’ve got fight in our side. It was a very good per­for­mance, and the play­ers now need to keep that level of per­for­mance up.”

The Hea­thens fol­lowed their drub­bing of Brack­ley with a 4-0 win over High­moor Ibis, which put them into the semi-fi­nals of the Berks & Bucks Se­nior Tro­phy on Tues­day night. Es­sex added to his goal on Satur­day with two more, while Joey Blount also net­ted, and a High­more de­fender put an Adam Mor­ris cross through his own net. Shone’s men now have a week­end off be­fore trav­el­ling to Ox­ford City No­mads next Tues­day.

Down in Di­vi­sion One East, lead­ers Penn & Tylers Green played out a goal­less draw at sec­ond-placed Bices­ter Town, while Chal­font Wasps lost 3-0 at Holy­port. Wasps host AFC Al­der­mas­ton on Satur­day and Penn visit Prest­wood in the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup.

Goal crazy: Flack­well HeatH FC’s Dan Bur­nell in ac­tion against Brack­ley Town JON MIKOL BE164224

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