FC slip to third straight pre-season defeat in five-goal thriller at Thame

Leon Osei got both of FC's goals    PHOTO: www.aylesburyfc.com
Leon Osei got both of FC's goals PHOTO: www.aylesburyfc.com
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Aylesbury FC were beaten for the third consecutive pre-season match when they made the short trip to Thame United on Tuesday night.

FC’s pre-season continued at Meadow View Park, the impressive home of Thame United where once again Moles staff – minus manager Craig Faulconbridge and coach Fraser Mclachlan – had the chance to view potential line-ups for the new Southern League campaign.

Some FC triallists also got the opportunity to stake a claim for a move to the club while fans got to see just how things are shaping up ahead of the big kick-off on August 17.

Thame had ex-Moles James Faulkner and Lynton Goss in their ranks and it was the former who had the first decent chance of the game glancing wide after just a couple of minutes. Thame opened the scoring midway through the first half. A shot from a left wing cross was saved well by Richard Roberts but he was unable to prevent the rebound being poked home. Leon Osei soon equalised however from the spot after an FC man had been tripped whilst almost through on goal. Leon’s confidently stroked shot gave the keeper no chance.

Three minutes into the second half it was FC’s turn to take the lead. Again it was that man Osei who claimed the goal. His delicately lofted free-kick floated past defenders and out of the reach of the despairing Thame stopper.

On 63 minutes Mark West’s men equalised when a low shot from the edge of the area beat Roberts at his right hand post. And just over 10 minutes later Thame claimed the winner when a right footed cross was met with a sliding strike into the bottom corner of the goal.

The usual substitutions halted the ebb and flow of the game and from there on in, FC’s chance of grabbing what would have been an underserved equaliser slipped away.

The Moles are on the road again for their next pre-season match, this time at Arlesey on Saturday (3pm).