Assistant boss hails never-say-die attitude as United continue fine form

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Thame United followed up their 3-1 weekend win at Ibis with a 2-1 victory over Cirencester Development Squad in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night.

With manager Mark West away on holiday, assistant Steve Meredith took charge of the team and it made little difference as they continued their fine form.

Meredith said: “We took a mixed side along to the game and within a minute we were a goal down. But we kept in it and we showed a lot of patience.

“It was a bit of bitty game to be honest but we’ve got a never say die attitude.”

United were rewarded for their perseverance with a third win on the trot.

After trying out several youngsters, Meredith admitted the first team had to be on their toes.

He said: “We’ve got two or three (youngsters) around who we want to keep here and keep an eye on.”

The assistant manager singled out Calvin Evans, who can play on either wing, as one who is ‘showing promise’.

He also praised centre-back Matt Johnson for his performance when brought on against Cirencester.

The assistant manager also paid tribute to his side sharing the goals out as they bagged their 10th in four games.

“We’ve been getting them from all round the pitch, in midfield, at the back, it’s good to see.”

The cup match was one United were expected to win and followed hot on the heels of Saturday’s impressive 3-1 victory at Highmoor Ibis.

The newly promoted side took up a physical approach against United but Meredith praised his side for holding their nerve.

“The lads done very well. They play a certain way tactically and we nullified that. I think they wanted to bully us a bit but I was really pleased with lads and we didn’t buckle under that.”

An early goal volleyed goal from Meredith Mitchell settled nerves on a hot afternoon in Palmer Park Stadium and United doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Charlie Connor picked out Stuart Barr with a sumptuous pass, and the midfielder calmly picked his spot.

The ‘bullying’ Meredith referred to saw Ibis have a man sent off for a second bookable offence shortly before half-time.

Rather than offer United a boost, Ibis were spurred on by their loss and rallied after the break. Taking advantage of a defensive slip, Devontae Romeo fired home from 15-yards to offer the home side hope.

Standing in for regular goalkeeper Lee Farrow,Josh Cockrell, had to be on his toes as Ibis began to regularly threaten.

However, the youngster was up to the job and after withstanding the pressure, United grabbed a third when Dan West fired a free-kick into the box and Ellis Hercules broke away to head home.

United welcome Buckingham Athletic to Meadow View Park on Saturday in the FA Vase second qualifying round and Meredith said that while ‘it will be a tough game, they are on our patch’ and United should emerge victorious.

The match kicks off at 3pm and will see the return of West to the hot seat.

Meredith quipped: “It will be nice to have to someone to talk to.

“It can be a lonely place on your own with two or three subs looking at you asking ‘when are you going to put me on?’”