West admits Thame beaten by ‘better side’

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

Thame United manager Mark West said his side were beaten by ‘a better team’ after their four-game unbeaten run ended with a 3-0 defeat at home to Ascot United last Saturday.

West said he had no complaints about the result at the ASM Stadium, which leaves the Oxfordshire club in eighth place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

He said: “Ascot played very well and we weren’t quite up to scratch on the day.

“We missed quite a few chances but I am happy to hold my hands up and say they deserved the win.

“It was a disappointing result from our perspective but sometimes you get days when things just don’t quite click, and it was one of those occasions.”

Thame had the opportunity to make amends on Tuesday night when Wootton Bassett Town were the visitors, however the match was abandoned at half-time with Thame a goal behind at the time.

A torrential downpour during the interval left the pitch unplayable, and West said he had no complaints over the decision to call the fixture off.

He said: “The game was turning into a similar scenario to Saturday, we were creating chances but we just couldn’t score.

“The referee had no hesitation in calling the game off at the break and he had no other option.

“There were massive puddles all over the pitch and it was covered in water.”

The match will be replayed in full at a later date.

Thame’s next game is on Tuesday October 29 when they travel to Kidlington, who are a point and a place below them in the table, a match West admits will be tough.

He said: “Kidlington are the in-form side in the division having won their last four games.

“It will be a tough match but if we turn up and perform and have the right attitude then I am hopeful we can get back to winning ways.”