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Sam Osborne with the hat-trick ball

A first-half hat-trick by Sam Osborne set the scene for a 5-0 home win against Darlington (Saturday September 2), the Bucks' best yet in the National League North. The victory takes the unbeaten league and county cup home run to 13 games and moves the Bucks up to tenth in the table.

Jak McCourt added a fourth from the penalty spot after 53 minutes, straight after hitting the post from the edge of the box. The penalty also involved Darlington's Jake Lawlor, ex-Wrexham and Harrogate Town, being sent off.

The visitors did little more than put up a defensive wall for the rest of the game, breached by substitute Diego De Girolamo with a stoppage-time fifth goal from close in, after near misses by Jake Hull and another by Diego. Full Match Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott said: "We've been improving week on week and I expect us to continue to do so. Darlington couldn't live with us, start to finish. They've got some good players but we never let them draw breath.

"I'm really pleased for Sam Osborne. He was so good today, along with the other lads. Players are back from injury which gives me difficult but pleasing selection choices. Everybody is going to be needed with games coming up in quick succession. They're a great group who will stick together and encourage one another.

"Defensively we've had three clean shots in a row, which is impressive at this level. Up front we're scoring goals but we'll have a look at what is going to be needed for a different and difficult midweek challenge at Gloucester."

The Gloucester match is on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm, then it's away to second-placed Scunthorpe next Saturday, 3pm.


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