Mixed start for Mark West and Thame United

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

Last week was one of contrasting results for Thame United as they lost 3-1 to Highworth Town before bouncing back to beat Wokingham and Emmbrook 3-2 in midweek.

Manager Mark West was baffled as to how his team fell apart against Highworth but praised the way they recovered on Tuesday night.

He said: “On Saturday we started really well and scored a good goal through my son but then we just lost it. For some reason it all went wrong, I don’t know what happened but for some reason the whole team just stopped playing and we lost 3-1.

“But then on Tuesday we played some really good football. We went behind after about five minutes then equalised through Dan (West) again and then got on top.

“Aaron Rodgers scored two great goals to put us 3-1 up and in the second half we missed three or four good chances to make it four, five or six but we squandered them all and Wokingham pulled one back with two minutes to go making it a nervous finish.

“Fair play to the lads though, they played how we know we can and looked really good.

“After the Saturday game we were all disappointed and were thinking how did we manage to play that badly but they bounced back and played some really good football and scored some very good goals and really should have won more convincingly.”

Tuesday night’s game saw a debut for stand-in keeper Nick Bennion after regular first choice Milan Barisic pulled out injured.

But Bennion could do nothing about the two goals he conceded, which were both struck from far out.

Next up for Thame is a tough FA Cup tie against Sandhurst in the opening preliminary round.

The Berkshire side, who play at the same level as Thame, have began their season well and West believes it is going to be a very tough game.

He said: “They are a really physical side and I think if we get a replay it will be a good result. Obviously we won’t be going there looking for the draw but I think if we can take them back to our place we will all be happy.

“The FA Cup means a lot to the club and the players. It is always nice to get through the first couple of rounds like we did last year and the club can make a bit of money. Everybody wants to play in it, whatever round it is.”

United will then have an away match against Henley Town in the league on Tuesday.