Thame boss: ‘Snow has cost the club thousands’

Thame United manager Mark West on the sideline
Thame United manager Mark West on the sideline
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THE winter weather has been more than just an inconvenience to Thame United as it has seen them lose out on thousands of pounds worth of revenue.

Thame had to take the decision to cancel their match with League Two side Oxford United because of the snow and as a result they missed out on up to 1,000 ticket sales as well as bar revenue.

In order to minimise the damage, Thame are trying to rearrange the match for a date in January but this will be reliant on the fixture schedule of Oxford.

The game was set to be the official opening of the ASM Stadium and so manager Mark West was understandably disappointed with the timing of weather.

He said: “We are all disappointed the snow came when it did – it would have been a nice game to play in front of 800 to 1,000 people.”

Thame also had their weekend fixture postponed due to the snow and West is getting worried about the fixture backlog his team are facing.

They were already six games behind some of their rivals due to their various cup runs and now the club have played just two games in the past month. And there situation is not likely to get any better as West has already raised serious doubts as to whether the match on Monday with Kidlington will go ahead.

He said: “I think even if the snow melts, the pitch will be waterlogged. We should know for sure on Friday but I don’t think it will be on.”

What it means is that United now have to play 24 matches before May and with more games in doubt, West is bracing himself for three matches a week in the new year.

He said: “It is quite a worry, we will definitely have one midweek game every week from January and if more games get cancelled then I can see us having to fit in three a week.”

This could be a problem for West, who has stated that some of his players will be unable to play that amount of games and so he is looking to strengthen his team in time for the run-in.

“Some might be ok with playing that many games but I think a few may struggle. I am hopeful we can add a few players before then and so then it should be ok.”

West would not reveal which positions he is looking to strengthen but did admit he is already looking in regards to next season.

He said: “I know what players I am looking for, I have spoken to a couple already and hopefully we can sort something out in January. We have a new stadium and so should be quite an attractive place to come and play.”