Thame boss West breaks silence on red mist game

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West
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Mark West said he was ‘very disappointed’ by his Thame United side’s last fixture two weeks ago when seven players were sent off.

The United boss spoke for the first time since the bizarre match against Highworth Town in which referee Mateusz Filipiak dismissed three Thame players in the final 20 minutes and four in total.

West said: “For me, I was very disappointed with what happened.

“It went wrong from when we lost Ian (Pykett) until the final whistle.

“I spoke to the lads at half-time to remind them about behaviour but things didn’t quite happen.

“Whether we won or lost it didn’t matter, we let it all go, so we could do with the game being on this week. We need to switch back on to how we know we can play.”

West revealed that the league is yet to contact the club about the ill-tempered match but he will not be selecting the four players who were shown red when they welcome title-chasing Wantage Town on Saturday (3pm KO).

He said: “If we want to get to where we want to be, we have to get results against sides like this.

“If they think they can rile us though, they won’t.

“The lads will be reminded of their behaviour but that’s not the mentality of the team.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and we just need to get playing again. The reserve players coming in will help but it will be a first team side on Saturday.”