BURNHAM manager Paul Shone hailed a great team performance as the Blues thrashed Wallingford Town 7-1 in the Hellenic Subsidiary Cup on Tuesday, writes Rob Stevens.

Lucas Sinclair was the star on show with an incredible five-goal haul in knock-out tie at The Gore, with further goals from Kyle Mifsud and Aiden Higgs.

Shone told the Observer: “It was good to get back playing again as we’ve not done so in a couple of weeks.They boys were chomping at the bit and took it out on Wallingford.

“It was a very convincing victory and we dominated from start to finish, plus we were clinical in front of goal.

“We had squandered a couple of chances in recent weeks but converted 90 per-cent of what we created in midweek.

“Young Lucas was outstanding to finish with five goals. That’s a great achievement in any level of football.

“It was a great team performance with some standout individual displays as well.”

The win means Burnham can look forward to a quarter-finals tie in the Subsidiary Cup later on in the season, plus a visit from higher-league Lydney Town in round three of the Supplementary Cup this Saturday (3pm).

Shone said: “We want to try and win whatever cup competition we’re in regardless of what it’s labelled as.

“It’s great for the squad to keep players on their toes and a chance play others as well.

“It also keeps the season bubbling. The league is our priority but the cup competitions help keep the season alive.”

On the visit of Premier Division Lydney, Shone added: “Fundamentally our aim is to beat back into the Premier next season, so this is a good chance to see how close we are, or if we still have work to do.

"I've been involved in the Hellenic League for a number of years and I know what Lydney will be about.

"It's a great opportunity at home and, if we can carry our recent form into this Saturday, then we will be a match for anyone. We've already proved that this season.

"Players normally rise to the big occasion and they're a higher-league team, so I expect us to rise to the challenge and put a performance in."