THAME cemented their place at the top of the league with a home 4-1 victory over South Bucks.
The visitors are struggling this season but they started well and seemed intent on creating an upset against high-flying Thame.
The first 10 minutes were closely matched before Thame won a penalty corner against the run of play which Gareth Birkett converted to find the goal with a drag flick to help the home side settle.
South Bucks continued to play good hockey but as the half progressed Thame began to assert themselves as Clifford Brown got on the score sheet with a deflected shot that left the keeper with no chance.
After the break the visitors pushed forward to get back into the game, committing players forward which left them open at the back. The home side made the most of this space when a well-worked move started by Jaypee Wentzel resulted in another penalty corner that Matty Snuggs converted.
South Bucks were rewarded for their attacking play soon after when a defensive error from Tim Trailor let the South Bucks striker tap into an empty.
Thame hit back and David Bruggink on his debut showed great composure to round the last defender and finish in the bottom corner to kill the game off.
Next week Thame travel to arch rivals West London in what is sure to be a feisty encounter.
Thame Hockey Club train at Thame Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 8pm.
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