Crawley hat-trick leads Long Buckby to first win of season

HAPPY MAN - Long Buckby boss Phil Mason
HAPPY MAN - Long Buckby boss Phil Mason

Josh Crawley hit a hat-trick as Long Buckby thrashed Newport Pagnell 6-1 to record their first win of the season.

The victory capped a remarkable turnaround for Phil Mason’s men, who were hammered 5-0 by Spalding on Saturday.

A great start by the Bucks saw Aaron Donaldson put them ahead just two minutes in.

The lead was doubled by Crawley after nine minutes.

Three minutes later Newport were awarded a penalty but Bucks keeper James Broadbent saved the spot kick.

Newport did cut the deficit after 38 minutes with a far post header by John Thorpe.

Crawley scored his second goal of the night two minutes after the restart.

Jean Dakouri joined the spree six minutes past the hour mark.

Crawley completed his second hat-trick of the season with an 83rd-minute penalty and recent recruit Dan Bucciero completed the home tally two minutes from the end.