Thame line up FA replay with close draw

FA Cup football is coming to ASM Stadium for the first time
FA Cup football is coming to ASM Stadium for the first time

THAME United booked a FA Cup replay at the ASM Stadium after an exciting 1-1 draw away to Newport Pagnell Town last Saturday.

THAME United booked a FA Cup replay at the ASM Stadium after an exciting 1-1 draw away to Newport Pagnell Town last Saturday.

It was a game of two halves with Thame having most of the play in the first half but being forced to defend for lengthy periods after the break.

United goalkeeper, Nick Bennion had an excellent game and made some quality saves.

The game saw the debut of promising defender James Hickling who was called up from the reserve team.

After an even start, Thame took the lead in the 10th minute. Luke Ricketts hit a perfect cross from the left wing which was met by Dan West, who struck with a well placed header giving the home keeper no chance.

Thame then had a good spell with West and Aaron Rogers, combining well up front.

Ricketts and Lewis Dean both went close while, at this stage, the home side failed to pose any real threat.

The second half was very different.

Newport Pagnell attacked the whistle, forcing a superb save from Bennion and grazing the crossbar. After 10 minutes of pressure, United recovered and Rogers was unlucky to see his clever chip well saved by the home keeper.

Alex MacDonald was brought on for the injured Ben Connelly, taking a striker’s role, with Rogers dropping back to midfield and Lewis Dean moving to the right wing.

Bennion was again busy, making two particularly memorable saves.

With five minutes remaining, following a Thame attack, a long ball was flicked on, between two Thame defenders, to put home striker Dom Lawless through on goal, and he slotted the ball pass the advancing Bennion from 15-yards.

Two minutes later Luke Ricketts went close for United, but his shot was just wide. The final minutes saw Thame defending but there were no more real chances, and the contest continues on Tuesday.