West slams ref as 10-man Thame hold on for point

Thame United manager Mark West

Thame United manager Mark West

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Mark West said the sending off of debutant Marcus Mealing was ‘a very strange decision’ as Thame drew 1-1 with Binfield on Monday night.

Thame were dumped out of the Supplementary Cup 4-3 on penalties at Wokingham & Embrook on Saturday after the match finished goalless.

Then at Binfield, Mealing saw red in a 1-1 draw which means United are now win-less in the league since December 7.

West was pleased with his side’s character to claim a point but was equally bemused by the decision to send off his lone-striker midway through the first half.

West said: “I don’t think anyone knew what had happened. But it turns out Marcus elbowed the boy.

“They both went for the ball and it was more the other way around! It wasn’t a sending off.”

United had taken the lead when Ben Connelly met Matt Hall’s cross with a powerful header after 15 minutes.

But the hosts needed only eight minutes to level the game before Mealing was dismissed shortly after.

United went on to enjoy the better of the chances in the second half but were unable to find a winner.

West admitted that although a top six finish is now unlikely, he is still looking up the league.

He said: “We’ve got a young squad so we will have bad runs of form but hopefully points like Monday will give them confidence to get results.”

United face Reading Town tomorrow at the ASM Stadium (3pm KO).