United ride their luck to leave boss relieved with first win in five

No Caption ABCDE
No Caption ABCDE

Thame United’s manager said it was a big ‘relief’ after they picked up their first win in five games after beating Flackwell Heath 3-2.

United managed only one win in November and Mark West said his side were fortunate to nab all three points in the Uhlsport Hellenic League - Premier Division match.

He said: “It’s a win and you can’t get much better than that can you? It doesn’t matter how you win, really. But we rode our luck a little bit in the end.

“It’s a bit of relief, really. Before Sunday we had only picked up two points in out of 12.”

In a topsy turvy encounter Ben Gray settled matters late on for a 10 man United with a well taken strike and West was delighted with his performance.

“He had two very good finishes. It’s good to have him back playing and scoring goals. He’s a good goalscorer.”

Despite Gray’s key contribution, early on it was anyone’s game with both sides full of attacking verve.

United took an early lead after Nik Rhodes rose highest to plant his header home.

However, Rhodes quickly went from hero to zero after he gave away a penalty which Flackwell’s John Isaac buried.

Just minutes later and the game was turned on its head when former Thame player Louis Cordice returned to haunt his club.

Jinking through midfield he easily lobbed the onrushing Lee Farrow to give Flackwell the lead.

Gray then grabbed his first strike of the day on 30 minutes and what a goal it was.

With the ball seemingly behind him the returning striker swivelled in mid-air to send a scissor kick into top right corner.

Thame looked to kick on but were dealt a hammer blow when Rhodes saw red after a last man challenge.

Despite the disadvantage though United somehow took their chance as Gray sealed his brace late on.

United, who now sit in eighth, now travel to Highworth Town (17th) on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and after recently drawing 2-2 West said he expected a tough game.