THAME had to come from behind to beat Wallingford 2-1 at home and retain their place at the top of the table.
The home side started slowly and were caught out as Wallingford took the lead inside the first 10 minutes. A direct ball into the area was not cut out and the visiting striker was able to touch it in to the bottom corner.
From that point on it was all Thame but the Wallingford defence stayed strong and proved difficult to break down. Thame worked hard and moved the ball about with patience, building from the back.
After a hat-full of wasted chances, Gareth Birkett being the main culprit, Thame finally grabbed the equaliser through Clifford Brown’s smart finish.
Wallingford dug in again and refused to collapse to the Thame pressure and it was up to Brown again to rescue his team with an opportunistic finish from a wayward Birkett strike.
With the deadlock-breaking goal, Thame piled forward expecting the floodgates to open but Wallingford stuck to their guns and held firm.
At 2-1 Thame carried on pressing but the visiting keeper was having the game of his life as he continually denied Birkett and Will Sawrey-Cookson from making the win more comfortable.
Thame take on West Hampstead away on Saturday in a tough top of the league clash.
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