West eyes cup tonic

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West
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MANAGER Mark West is refusing to let Thame United’s busy fixture schedule get in the way of their bid for cup glory.

He will take his side to Penn and Tylers Green in the Supplementary Cup on Saturday in the knowledge that his side face 12 matches in a month – but this is not stopping his desire of progressing.

West said: “I will never go to a game and not aim to win.

“I will field a team who will be capable of winning there and hopefully we may have a final to finish our season off.”

Should United get their desired result then it would mean they have to face another Thursday fixture next month and the problem intensifies with every round they progress.

The whole competition, which is only at the third round stage, has to be completed in the next five weeks and so a run to the final would see Thame playing three times a week for the remainder of the season.

For this reason, West has admitted he will rest some of his players so they do not burn out before the end of the campaign.

He said: “This will be an opportunity for me to play those who maybe don’t start every game.

“I can put some of the fringe players into the starting line-up and give a rest to those that need it.”

Thame will go into the game in good form having won their two matches this week.

This included a 2-1 triumph over second-placed Kidlington, which was pleasing for West.

He said: “The lads have done themselves very proud this week.

“I think we have proved again that when we have a full side to choose from then we can beat any side in the league.

“We dominated the second half against Kidlington and I think we were a little unlucky not to have won by a bit more.”

United followed this up with a win over Wokingham and Emmbrook by the same scoreline on Tuesday night.

This proved a different test for United but West was equally pleased with the performance.

He said: “We had a few players missing for this one but the lads who came in did really well.

“Wokingham were a bit more of a physical side and we coped with that really well – it was just a little disappointing to concede a goal in the last minute.”

Alex Stewart and James Saulsbury had put Thame 2-0 up in the tie but a late red card for James Faulkner left United hanging on.