Champions

PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:05 12 May 2010

The Buntingford Town squad with the Herts County League shield – Pic: Daniel Wilson 2363DW4

The Buntingford Town squad with the Herts County League shield - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2363DW4

Buntingford Town 8 London Lions 1 BUNTINGFORD Town sealed the Herts County League Championship on Saturday - two years ahead of schedule. After knocking eight goals past a timid London Lions side and in front of a packed Bury, boss Paul Attfield describ

Buntingford Town 8 London Lions 1

BUNTINGFORD Town sealed the Herts County League Championship on Saturday - two years ahead of schedule.

After knocking eight goals past a timid London Lions side and in front of a packed Bury, boss Paul Attfield described the win as a "fitting way to end a great season".

When Attfield arrived at the club in 2004, the former Royston Town reserve team manager set Buntingford a target of winning the Herts County League within five years.

"We've achieved that in just three years - and that certainly takes some doing," he said.

In that time the club has gone from strength to strength, and Attfield puts success down to a "great mix of youth and experience".

He said: "We have some outstanding youngsters that have come through, which was also my aim when I took charge.

"Such talent added to the experience of Mark Smith and Duncan Easley, and everything has really just fallen into place.

"They have played some fantastic football and every member of the squad deserves credit."

Attfield also praised his team's performances over the past six weeks and highlighted the win at rivals Whitewebbs and the draw against Bushey Rangers as turning points.

He said: "For a while it was very tight at the top, with ourselves, Whitewebbs, and Hadley fighting for top spot.

"For me, the injury-time winner at Whitewebbs and our point against Bushey were of particular importance. Those results showed great character."

Needing just a point on Saturday, Buntingford ran riot in front of the Lions goal and from the offset they were determined to seal the victory.

After a frustrating 27 minutes, Town patiently found an opening when Tom Malins robbed a defender and crossed for Chris Hardy to score with ease.

The lead was doubled moments later when an unmarked Will Turl also found the back of the net.

And it was Turl who all but wrapped up the points minutes into the second half, when the in-form striker hit a close-range volley.

A brief lapse in concentration allowed a Lions consolation on the hour mark, but Mark Wright quickly powered home a header to make the score 4-1 - before grabbing two more to complete his hat-trick.

Malins then headed goal number seven, before substitute Jan Stephens scored the goal of the game with a rasping 20-yard strike.

Attfield added: "The club has come a long way in just three years and this was a terrific win.

"Some big decisions need to be made on where we go from here - but right now this is a fantastic moment for everyone connected with the club."

Team: Damion Williamson, Lewis Endacott, Dean Chaffey, Jamie Babbage, Duncan Easley, Matt Turl (Liam Beaumont), Chris Hardy, Tom Malins, Mark Wright, Will Turl (Ricky Young), Luke Robins (Jan Stephens). Unused Sub : Conor De Lacy

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