West pleased with hard-earned point at county rivals

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

Thame United manager Mark West said he was happy with what he described as ‘a hard-fought point’ following United’s 1-1 draw away to Oxfordshire rivals Kidlington Town on Tuesday night.

After going behind in the first half, Thame equalised five minutes after the break when Nik Rhodes headed in from a corner kick.

Boss West said it was a game that could have gone either way.

He said: “The boys really had to dig in to get the result in what was a very even game.

“Both teams had spells where they were on top and the match could have gone either way.

“We dominated at the start of the second half but we were hanging on a bit in the end.”

The result leaves Thame in eighth place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division ahead of their next match on Saturday November 2 when they travel to Holyport.

Although Holyport are struggling in the lower reaches of the table in 16th place, West said it was vital his side turned up with the right attitude for the match.

He said: “If you go into any game in this division with the wrong attitude that is when you end up getting beat.

“Despite their position in the table Holyport are always a tough side especially on their own turf.

“The key is to go into the game with the right mindset and if we do that then I am very confident we can get back to winning ways.”

The match against Holyport is the first of eight games for Thame in November, seven of which are on the road. This includes six in a row between November 12 and 30, a run West admitted would be ‘tough.’

There is also the match against Wootton Bassett Town, which was abandoned at half-time on Tuesday October 22 due to bad weather, to be re-arranged.

A new date for this fixture has yet to be confirmed however it is likely the match will not be played until the new year.