Mixed start to new season for Thame

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It’s been a mixed start to the new Hellenic Premier Division season for Thame United this week.

On Saturday, Thame picked up three points on the opening day of the season for the first time in six years with a 1-0 defeat of Milton United in a game they controlled from start to the finish.

Manager Mark West gave debuts to Henry Owen, Craig Faulconbridge and Nick Dugmore as he employed a 3-5-2 formation and it seemed to work from the off with Shannon Jesson hitting the post on four minutes.

Although chances were few and far between, United were on top for much of the encounter as Ellis Hercules and Jesson had further chances, though the first half ended goalless.

Thame picked up from where they left off after half-time and deservedly broke the deadlock three minutes into the half when Owen getting the final touch on a Jesson free-kick to beat the home keeper.

It was no less than the visitors had deserved and they comfortably closed out the victory despite some late Milton pressure.

It wasn’t such good news for Thame on Tuesday, however, when Binfield won 2-1 despite Ben Gray’s goal.

Thame host Farnham Town this weekend.