United boss calls for more consistency

Mark West
Mark West

Mark West has challenged his Thame United side to be more consistent if they are to finish in the top six after another mixed week of results.

Thame won 2-0 at Flackwell Heath on Saturday thanks to two early strikes from Louis Cordice and top goalscorer Niall Hodgkins but were then well beaten 4-0 at Ascot United on Tuesday night.

United are up to seventh but could have gone fourth in the Uhlsport Helenic Premier Division with two wins.

West said: “We would like to finish in the top six and we go into every game trying to win it but every time we have two or three good results, we throw in a bad one.”

The United manager was pleased with Saturday’s efficient display in closing out the game having taken a two-goal lead after only 18 minutes but recognises the gamble of keeping two injured players on the pitch.

Right back Ian Pykett and winger Ben Connelly, who picked up knocks at Flackwell, missed Tuesday’s fixture and left the right side of the team heavily depleted against a Flackwell side who won 3-0 at the ASM stadium earlier this season.

The hosts took full advantage by racing into the lead before Shannon Jesson’s dismissal for handling on the goal-line, and the subsequent converted penalty, meant United faced an up-hill task after just 10 minutes.

It was three before 20 and four before half-time but West was impressed with his side’s character.

“The lads all dug in really well and to only let in one in the second half was good,” said West. “We had a couple of lads missing and the performance was totally different.

“But when we do get these injuries, the lads that come in do well and they certainly don’t let anyone down.”

A number of reserves are in contention for a call up to the first team after they moved up to second in the league with a 2-0 victory.

But the first team will be looking to put Tuesday’s result behind them when they travel to Oxford City Nomads on Saturday (3pm KO) who sit one place and one point behind United.

West said he expects a tough game against a good side but he should be boosted by the return of Pykett to the back four.