Thame lose third home game in a row

Thame United suffered their third successive home defeat on Saturday in a 4-3 loss at the hands of Oxford City Nomads who came to the ASM stadium having defeated Bracknell Town 10-0 three days earlier.

United were leading 2-1 at half time but then conceded three second half goals before scoring their 3rd goal in the final minute.

United’s first goal came in the second minute when Thame keeper Nick Bennion hit a long kick which both Alex Stewart and the visiting keeper went for but Stewart won the tussle, allowing him to tap the ball into an empty net.

Nomads countered and Thame were under pressure for a while before the home side reasserted themselves.

Thame’s second goal came in the 35th minute when a cross from the right was cleared by the Nomads keeper but fell to Luke Ricketts, just outside the penalty area, who calmly hit a well-placed shot into the top right of the goal.

The visitors pulled a goal back two minutes later when former Thame player Jermaine Ferreira knocked a corner in from close range. Just before the break Stewart took a knock and was replace by Alex MacDonald.

Nomads were back on equal terms two minutes after the restart. Pablo Haysham hit an in-swinging corner from the left which Bennion rose to punch: he could have been impeded, as the ball finished in the net without a touch. Thame were on the back foot and the visitors took the lead five minutes later when a Thame clearance hit a Nomad player on the back and was deflected to Dobson, who finished well from close range.

Bennion was on-form making some memorable saves.

At this stage, Thame attacks were limited to occasional break-aways and they almost equalised from one when MacDonald put Ricketts through, but, having run half the length of the pitch, his shot beat the Keeper only to strike the far post and bounce out. Nomad’s final goal came in the 71st minute when Booker knocked a corner at the far post from close range.

Sam Cowan hit United’s third goal in the 90th minute when he met a comer with a near post shot which somehow found its way through a crowded six yard box into the goal.