DAN Mercer was thrilled to see his Bradford Town Reserves side stretch their unbeaten Premier Division start to the season to seven games.

Bradford thrashed SKS Blyskawica 7-2 last weekend, with Mark Robinson netting a hat-trick, Dan Fowler scoring a brace and Jack Miluk and Otis Young also getting themselves on the scoresheet.

Mercer, who managed Trowbridge Wanderers in the Trowbridge & District League last year, said: “It’s probably been a lot better than we were expecting because this is a higher standard and I thought it was going to be difficult.

“We’ve had a great start and, personally, the thing that’s different is that all of the sides try and play football against you, rather than lumping it forward.

“We’d had a chat after drawing 0-0 the last week and, fair play to the boys, it was a much better performance on Saturday.”

Chippenham Park stayed on Bradford’s tail in second place, Alex Pring and goals either side of half time by Ben Wickens, including a penalty, securing a 3-0 win over Wroughton.

A dramatic final 10 minutes saw Wilts Calne Town earn a 2-2 draw at Trowbridge Town.

Mark Dolman opened the scoring for the visitors after half an hour.

Most of the action came late on as Paul Gittens smashed home the equaliser.

New boy Gittens took his tally to five in two games as he headed home Mike Hill’s corner to give his side the lead.

But Dolman ensured parity with his second strike as Trowbridge took their unbeaten run to seven games.

Bees’ boss Mike Alford said: “In truth a draw was a fair result. Having led with one minute to go and not getting three points is disappointing but we must not dwell on the negatives.’’