A CROWD of 265 saw Thame United well beaten 4-1 by Ardley United in the last home match of the season on Easter Monday.
While the score suggests a thrashing, possession was in fact 50/50 and there was little to choose between the sides.
The home side were however punished for defensive errors by clinical finishing from Ardley striker Ryan Brooks, who is the league’s top scorer. The defeat came off the back of Thame’s 3-0 win at Fairford Town on Easter Saturday.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges on Monday and on 13 minutes Ian Pykett was wrongly adjudged to have fouled in the box and Ardley were awarded a penalty. Brooks scored from the spot.
The home side equalised in the 36th minute when Ben Gray chased a high ball from defence and knocked it pass the on-rushing keeper into the path of Dan West who finished well from close range. It was 1-1 at half time which was a fair reflection of the play.
Seven minutes after the restart the visiting keeper collected a corner and quickly hit a long ball over the Thame defence which Brookes chased and somehow managed to slide between Pykett and Higgs to claim Ardley’s second.
Brooks claimed his hat-trick a few minutes later and Thame’s misery was complete in injury time when Pykett misjudged a clearance and knocked the ball into his own net.
Thame travel to Slimbridge for their penultimate game of the season on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick off).