Thame finally having a ball after impressive win

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Thame showed they have got their season firmly on track with an impressive 6-2 home win over Tring.

It was a scrappy affair with several very talented Tring players causing havoc early on.

Nevertheless Thame made the first breakthrough when league top-scorer Cliff Brown poked home from close range.

The visiting team’s attacking impetus seemed to centre around singular individual attempts with use of the aerial ball providing the Thame defence with a strategy they were not used to.

The makeshift backline performed well however and when Tring did hit back with an undeserved equaliser it was due to an unfortunate communication mix up rather than any attacking flair.

Despite being pegged back Thame continued to dominate and Will Sawrey-Cookson reestablished the lead with a fine finish when under serious pressure.

After the break Thame came out all guns blazing and quickly stretched the lead to 4-1 and then 5-2 thanks to Gareth Birkett – his goals sandwiching a Tring consolation. Birkett’s second a contender for goal of the season. Brown put the icing on the cake for 6-2 leaving Thame second in the league, four points ahead of West Hampstead in third.

The seconds went down 4-2 to Oxford while the ladies’ seconds beat Wokingham 11-0.