Thame rue late penalty miss in Holyport draw

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Missed penalties cost both Thame United and Holyport the chance of all three points as the two Hellenic Premier Division sides played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening.

The first half belonged to United as they put their hosts on the back foot from the start and, with Adam Morris impressing in midfield, the first chance came on just three minutes when an Ellis Hercules header came back off the post and the ball was scrambled clear by the home side.

While Thame dominated possession, they were fortunate not to be behind as Matt Hall gave away a penalty, but Josh Cockerill saved the spot-kick to keep the sides level.

That miss proved vital as, just three minutes later, United took the lead through Dan West, who turned sharply and fired into the top corner.

Luke Ricketts nearly doubled the lead, while a pinpoint cross from Dan Jones was headed just inches wide by Ben Connelly as the visitors chased a second goal.

Jordan Davies also went close, but against the run of play, Holyport levelled through Jamie West’s powerful effort.

Although United failed to regain their first half dominance after the break, they were gifted a golden opportunity to take all three points when West was felled in the penalty area, but Jones’ penalty was saved and both sides had to settle for a point.

Earlier in the week, on Saturday, Thame were thrashed 4-0 by Ascot United after former Wycombe Wanderers striker Damian Markman bagged a hat-trick. That defeat combined with the draw against Holyport leaves Thame ninth in the table.

United welcome Southern League Premier Division side Burnham on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the club’s biggest game since they defeated Brackley Town 2-0 in the same competition three years ago. The match kicks-off at 3pm.