Thame looking to bounce back after shipping 10 goals in back-to-back defeats

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Thame United will be looking to shore up their leaky defence and get back to winning ways when they entertain Clanfield in the FA Vase on Saturday afternoon.

United were left rocking this week after conceding 10 goals in two games.

Cheltenham Saracens put four past Mark West’s men on Bank Holiday Monday night in a 4-2 defeat.

That came just two days after the club were dumped out of the FA Cup 6-0 at North Leigh.

Against North Leigh, United were simply blown away by a more skilful side.

The hosts are mid-table in the Southern League Division one (South and West) which is a league higher than Thame. Fairytales do happen in the FA Cup, but on Saturday Thame were simply outclassed by a better team.

Although the visitors started brightly, the home side soon started to gain control and went ahead in the 16th minute when a soft penalty was awarded.

Ellis Hercules was harshly adjudged to have fouled in the box and Stuart Hole buried the spot kick. After 24 minutes a sloppy Thame pass was intercepted near the halfway line, and after a brief passing move, John Mills hit a well placed 15-yard shot pass Thame keeper Lee Farrow.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining it was 3-0 when Jimmy Deabill headed in a cross from the right from five yards.

Up to this point United had been playing with only one striker, but after the third goal West brought the hard working Cameron Lagan on to partner Alex Stewart. Just before the break Ben Connelly played a ball to Lagan whose acutely angled shot was just wide.

United came out fired up after the break but it was business as usual for the home side in the 59th minute when the impressive Mills scored Leigh’s fourth. Deabill got their fifth goal from 12 yards a few minutes later before North Leigh went down to 10 men with about five minutes to play when, having used all their substitutes, a defender limped off the pitch. With two minutes left, Lewis Coyle completed Thame’s misery by scoring the home side’s sixth goal.

United play Clanfield in the FA Vase at the ASM Stadium on Saturday.