Herculean effort gives Thame late win in cup

Thame United defender Ellis Hercules
Thame United defender Ellis Hercules

Thame United reached the third round of the Senior Cup on Tuesday night after they beat AFC Hinksey 2-1 thanks to a last-minute wonder goal from centre-back Ellis Hercules.

Despite going behind to a goal from Kieran Davis for the Division One East leaders, Thame responded and after Davis’ dismissal 10 minutes later they equalised through a low strike from long range from Ollie Lynch.

Then with almost the last kick of the game came Hercules’ moment, as he strode forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the top corner to spark scenes of immense relief and jubilation for the hosts.

Thame boss Mark West said he was delighted at the manner of the win but added he would have been confident of getting the victory even if the match had gone into extra time.

He said: “It was only a matter of time before we took the lead because we were totally dominant.

“I was delighted the way the goal came and it was really pot luck.

“Ellis picked it up and had a go and the ball flew in.

“He will probably never score a goal like that ever again, and because he doesn’t score very often I’m sure he will dine out on it for a long time!”

Thame will play either Carterton or Freeland in the next round of the competition, in a fixture scheduled to take place on Wednesday December 14 at the ASM Stadium.

West added he was hopeful of victory in the next round.

He said: “Both Carterton and Freeland are in the league below us so we are optimistic of getting through that tie and making real progress in this competition.”

The last gasp cup win came just three days after United won their second successive league game by beating bogey team Binfield 2-1 thanks to a first half double from Luke Ricketts.

Binfield narrowed the deficit with 10 minutes remaining through a goal from Seb Bowerman however Thame held on for what West described as a good win.

He said: “We haven’t won a match against them since the 2007/08 season so it was good to get that monkey off our back.

“Luke scored two good goals and he held out with a degree of comfort in the end.

“The lads worked really hard and it was a good all-round team performance.”

Thame are back in action in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to Flackwell Heath (ko 3pm), a match West said his side would have to be at their best to win.

He said: “Flackwell Heath are a good side and we will have to be at our best to get the victory.

“If we go there and play with the right attitude then I am confident we can continue our winning run.”