United put brakes on losing streak with five star thrashing of rivals

Ben Connelly of Thame United
Ben Connelly of Thame United
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Thame United finally got back to winning ways as they thrashed Kidlington 5-0 at the ASM Stadium on Tuesday night.

After four defeats on the spin goals from Ben Connelly (2), Ben Gray, Matt Johnson and Richard Jewell sealed the points in the Premier Division match.

Delighted boss Mark West said: “We played really well.

“We got a bit drained playing all those games on the trot but we looked a bit fresher here. It probably could have been a few more goals in the end.

“We scored good goals, though, which is really pleasing. I’m well chuffed with the lads.”

West said he was surprised that Kidlington, who sit only two spots below them in 14th, did not put up more of a fight.

He added: “They tried to rough us up in the first half but we didn’t get involved.

“The boys played some lovely football and three goals in 15 minutes in the second half did it.

“We have had a bit of a disappointing run lately. The 5-0 loss to Oxford City hurt us. That hit the confidence of the lads a bit.”

There was one sour note from the game though as Luke Ricketts broke his collar bone to add to Thame’s injury woes.

The boss added there were six players on the sidelines at the moment who would arguably make his starting 11.

Thame host Reading Town next on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm) and it kicks off a week of four games to end their season.

West said the hectic schedule wouldn’t be easy.

“It’s going to test the squad,” he said. “It’s becoming a bit of a juggling act at the moment.”