Manager fumes as refs spoil his festive cheer

Thame United manager Mark West is frustrated by some of the decisions which went against his side during the Christmas fixtures
Thame United manager Mark West is frustrated by some of the decisions which went against his side during the Christmas fixtures

THAME United manager Mark West has bemoaned refereeing decisions he feels cost his side vital points from their three games over the festive period.

United drew 1-1 at home with Holyport on Monday after conceding a late equaliser but West believes his team were denied two blatant penalties in the dying minutes when a visiting defender seemed to handle in the area.

The draw was the only point Thame managed from their three games over Christmas after losing 2-1 to Flackwell Heath on New Year’s Eve and 3-0 to Ardley on December 27.

In all three matches West believes his side were the victims of dubious decisions which cost them.

“We did enough to get something from both games. Some of the decisions were a bit dubious.

“Against Holyport we scored first (through Connor Hayes) and then created five or six chances to get a second.

“It didn’t happen and then they grabbed an equaliser.

“In the Flackwell Heath game on Saturday we went 2-0 down but the first goal was a handball and he was offside. It was unbelievable.

“James Keeble got one back for us but it wasn’t enough.

“I thought we did enough to win both those games and to get something from the Ardley match but we didn’t get the rub of the green.”

“Most of all it’s disappointing for the lads as they have put in good performances but come away with one point from three games.

“Hopefully in the next few games it will even out. You like to think it spreads out over a season.

“It’s been tough. We’ve had eight or nine players unavailable for the last three games.”

Thame have been drawn against Henley Town in the quarter final of the County Cup. The game will be played at the ASM Stadium on February 17 and it’s a draw West favours, considering they could have faced Oxford United.

“If we’re going to get through then it’s against them.”

United face Kidlington away on Saturday.