“It’s been a bad week” – West

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West
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Thame United manager Mark West admitted it had been a “bad week” for his side after they lost 4-0 away to Wantage Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Thame United manager Mark West admitted it had been a “bad week” for his side after they lost 4-0 away to Wantage Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

The result came just four days after the Oxfordshire club went out of the FA Vase after losing 3-0 away to Westfield FC.

However, West was keen to take the positives from the defeats.

He said: “We have a lot of young players in the side at the moment so there was always a chance this could happen.

“The performances have actually been quite good, it’s just that the scorelines have been a bit disappointing.

“Hopefully, it is just a bit of a blip.”

Wantage are second in the league so West said it was important that his side did not get disheartened as they were playing one of the better sides in the division.

He said: “Wantage are one of the top teams in the league so to lose to them is no disgrace.

“The lads did well, so they must try and use it as a learning experience and not lose confidence.

“The opposition had that little bit more experience than us and it showed at the crucial points in the match.”

The Oxfordshire club currently sit in tenth place in the league table with 14 points.

Thame return to action on Saturday as they travel to Milton United in the first round of the Hellenic Challenge Cup and West said he was hopeful of a return to winning ways.

He said: “Momentum is such a crucial thing in football and if we could get a victory we would be back on track.”

Thame now face back-to-back matches in the cup as following the visit to Milton United they host Clanfield in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup at Meadow View Park on Tuesday October 1 with a 7.45pm kick-off.