Fixture schedule takes its toll as Thame lose

Thame keeper Milan Barisic
Thame keeper Milan Barisic

Thame failed to score for the first time in eight games on Saturday at Ascot, where they were defeated 2-0.

Both teams had played twice in midweek and as a result looked weary.

The opening exchanges saw fairly even possession with neither team looking particularly dangerous but then on 15 minutes Thame keeper Lee Orkney was forced to make an outstanding close range save by deflecting the ball onto the crossbar. Possession was even, but it was the home team who were creating the chances, forcing Orkney into action, and twice hitting the woodwork. Thame however struggled to find away through to goal, and went in for the break having not really tested the home keeper.

The second half continued in the same vein. Thame’s best chance fell to James Faulkner, on 60 minutes but his shot was scuffed and the home keeper saved comfortably. Ascot took the lead in the 64th minute when a free kick was met with a strong header onto the crossbar but the ball came out to Ollie Lambert who headed in from close range. Ascot’s second came seven minutes later via a set piece. A corner on the right was played back to defender Rob Gier who hit a superb 30-yard screamer into the top left, giving Orkney no chance.

Thame’s Conor Hayes was shown a yellow card for what looked like a fair tackle, after which manager Mark West became increasingly vocal in his criticism of the referees decisions, many of which were highly questionable. With about 15 minutes remaining, West was dismissed from the technical area and watched the remainder of the game from the touchline. It was from there that he saw Thame’s only other chance, when Nik Rhodes headed a Luke Ricketts corner just over the bar.