Thame through in cup but lose to Binfield in league

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Thame United have slipped to eighth in the Hellenic Premier Division following a 3-1 defeat to a ruthless Binfield outfit on Tuesday evening.

In a game that lacked significant goal mouth action and where, for the majority of the match, both teams cancelled each other out, Binfield claimed all three points to maintain their good form.

Despite the final result, it was United who made the better start with Marcus Mealing causing the home defence problems in the early stages.

The turning point of the match came on 20 minutes, however, when a cross from the Binfield right was headed goal wards but hit the arm of Ellis Hercules and the referee awarded a controversial penalty, which was duly converted by Callum Whitty.

The visitors doubled their lead five minutes into the second half through Aaron Rowland’s curling shot before Adam Dickens all but sealed victory with a third goal 12 minutes from full-time.

Thame continued to press despite the score line and eventually their persistence paid off when a Marcus Mealing header from a corner was adjudged to have crossed the line for a late consolation.

Earlier in the week, Thame made it through to the next round of the Challenge Cup thans to a thrilling 4-3 away win at Fairford Town.

A much-changed United side fell behind on 10 minutes but they equalised when Mealing turned his marker and fired beyond the goalkeeper.

After the break, Mealing scored his second when he headed in Dan Jones’ cross before goals from Adam Morris, who struck a fierce volley from 25 yards, and Dan West put Thame in control and they booked their place in the next round after surviving a late Fairford rally.

Thame are away to New College in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase this weekend.