Thame men’s season got off to a disheartening start as they were narrowly edged out 4-3 at West Hampstead.
The London side set out their intentions early on, pressuring the ball and loading the midfield. Thame looked a little rusty and soon conceded a penalty corner which was converted into the top left corner.
The home side responded quickly with Sawrey-Cookson weaving through midfield to set up Brown who finished sharply into the bottom corner.
Thame continued to play on the break but were soon undone again from another penalty corner.
This time the response was immediate with Hamilton releasing Birkett to finish well on the reverse.
However, again Thame’s defence let them down as they failed to clear from a penalty corner and went into the break 3-2 down.
Thame again fought back to draw level through Wentzel but were unable to hold on for a point as Hampstead’s captain sealed the win late on.
Meanwhile, newly promoted Thame ladies continued their flying start in division two with a convincing 4-0 home win against Wycombe 4’s.
Goals from Vicky Dawson, Lizzy Greenwood Hughes, Sarah Sawrey-Cookson and Tasha McMorrow gave the ladies a home win.