Thame recover pride with 3-1 win over battling Sonning

A10 WEEK 38'MCBH'rd'Thame Hockey( team)  V Aylesbury 2nds   Gareth Birkett Thame
A10 WEEK 38'MCBH'rd'Thame Hockey( team) V Aylesbury 2nds Gareth Birkett Thame

THAME men’s first team got back to winning ways with a 3-1 home win over Sonning.

The heartache of the previous week’s defeat by arch rivals West London was obviously still playing on Thame’s minds as they started slowly and conceded a weak goal in the first few minutes.

They picked themselves up and concentrated on playing good hockey with some excellent possession from Tim Trailor and Chrish Humphrey proving a good base for the home side to attack.

Thame continued to spread the ball around the back and eventually got the breakthrough they deserved when Alex Merrick bundled in a scrappy goal to equalise.

Captain Gareth Birkett then gave his side the lead with a smart reverse strike before Clifford Brown nearly doubled the deficit with a deflected shot which was well-saved.

After the break Thame kept the ball well and centre backs Jimmy Rudolph and Nick Moore (hero) were comfortably stepping forward and contributing to possession.

Birkett added to his tally with a straightforward short corner strike and from then on the result was never in question.

Thame take on Wycombe away on Saturday.

Thame Hockey Club train at Thame Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 8.45pm.

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