Risborough Rangers bounced back from a very tough start to the season in South Midlands League Division One to beat Buckingham Athletic 3-2 in the first game under Mark Eaton’s management.

Despite a recent poor run, there appeared to be something different about this team from the first whistle. It was clear that this was not going to be an easy game but Rangers had the desire and belief that has been lacking in recent weeks.

Buckingham made the score-sheet early on with an attack that caught the Rangers defence off-guard. However, minutes later Alex Woodfine played the ball into the path of Fraser McLachlan who was able to drill the ball home.

With the tempo clearly on their side, Rangers tried their luck again moments later, but Steve Nott-Mcaire’s shot was deflected just wide for a corner. What followed next from Ian Pykett was inspired. Pykett met Alfie Touceda’s corner delivery with a bicycle kick that found the back of the Buckingham net.

With half an hour to go the play was end to end, with excellent chances from both teams. Nobby Staniszewski made some impressive saves for the Rangers side and Woodfine, Touceda and Pykett asked questions of the home keeper.

Coming out from half-time the contest was in the middle of the park but Rangers seemed to have the edge. On 58 minutes this became more apparent when Joel Read found Woodfine from another Touceda corner, and he calmly dispatched of it into the roof of the net.

The home side pulled a goal back on 68 minutes with a miscommunication at the back. Staniszewski made up for this moments later when the home side came again, and this time he was able to punch the ball away. He performed two more excellent saves to keep the Rangers hopes of a win alive and they finished the game 3-2.

One game in, and it is clear new manager Eaton is already having the desired result. Rangers next face league leaders, Harefield on Saturday at 3pm.