IT was yet another fantastic weekend for Thame Hockey Club as all four adults teams won, scoring 21 times between them and not conceding a single goal in the process.
Thame’s progression as a club goes from strength-to-strength after the ladies’ first team league triumph was added to by the men’s seconds who secured their own promotion after a 5-0 win over Oxford at home.
The men’s firsts maintained their own charge for the title with a strong 8-0 away victory over Sonning despite missing several key players.
The hosts started brightly and Thame, finding it difficult to build possession, relied on swift counter-attacking to sneak into an early 2-0 lead through goals from Mark Brooks and Clifford Brown.
Matt Snuggs then increased the lead when he fired in a drag-flick from a penalty corner.
Man of the match Brown put in a quality performance as his closing down, hassling and work rate forced errors which allowed Thame to dominate the game despite never hitting the heights of previous weeks.
Midfielder and stand-in captain Chris Humphrey was imperious on the ball as he kept a calm head to continuously snuff out danger.
Brown secured a hat-trick before Brooks and Snuggs both hit the back of the net again.
Will Sawrey-Cookson scored the pick of the bunch as he weaved through a by now dispirited Sonning defence and fired past the keeper from a tight angle.
If the firsts take a point from one of their two remaining games they will be promoted, if they win both they will be crowned champions for the second year running.
Meanwhile, Thame ladies firsts showed great character as they beat Oxford 2-0 away despite only having 10 men and no keeper.
Captain Charlotte Lynch assumed the role of kicking back and with the help of Bridie Williamson, managed to keep a clean sheet.
The visitors had a depleted side and many players were playing out of position but they continued to play with determination and skill.
Thame lacked a little of their usual clinical finishing but the returning Shelley Bennett led the way when she converted a short corner.
The visitors, who have already won their league, continued their pressure and Vikki Dawson was on hand to finish a lovely run by Sarah Sawrey-Cookson.
The ladies’ second team continued their impressive finish to the season with a 6-0 home win over Bicester.