Home sweet home at last for United

Action from the first game at the ASM against Bracknell Town
Action from the first game at the ASM against Bracknell Town

THAME United played their first game in the brand new ASM Stadium at the weekend.

But visitors Bracknell Town failed to read the script as the two sides battled out a hard fought 2-2 draw.

United suffered further on-field disappointment as they crashed out of the Oxon Senior Cup away to Kidlington on Tuesday night.

Nevertheless Saturday has been hailed as a great success and a fantastic moment as Thame stepped out in front of a crowd of 356, bringing to an end the heart-wrenching saga which started when they were evicted from their Windmill Road ground in 2005.

Despite the party atmosphere Thame, had to settle for a draw when Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division rivals Bracknell Town visited on Saturday.

The bumper crowd saw the goals from Sam Cowan and Luke Ricketts give Thame a share of the spoils.

Manager Mark West said: “The lads were a bit nervous on Saturday stepping out onto the new pitch for the first time.

“A few of them would have come away knowing they could have done a bit better and are perhaps a bit disappointed we didn’t get a win in our first home game.

“It wasn’t a great performance but at least we’re still unbeaten at home.”

Tuesday night saw a much more consumate Thame performance against high flying Kidlington.

“It was always going to be tough because they are doing well this season.

“They’re third in the league,” said West.

“We actually played better than we did on Saturday and were a bit unlucky, hitting the crossbar at one point.”

Thame are marking the new stadium with an official opening and a friendly match with League Two side Oxford United on December 21, kick-off 7.30.

See this week’s Bucks Heraldto read why the opening of Thame United’s new ground is the envy of Aylesbury United.