Injury-hit Thame suffer second defeat in a week

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

A NIGHTMARE injury list was to blame for Thame United’s back-to-back defeats this week according to their manager Mark West.

They went down 1-0 to Oxford City Nomads on Tuesday and 3-0 to Slimbridge on Saturday but had to rely on their reserves on both occasions.

With only 10 first teamers available for Slimbridge, West had to give a first team debut to Phil Pyket and things got worse on Tuesday when three reserves were called upon to start the game.

West said: “We had a few injuries and really struggled to get a team out so those two results were expected really.

“But fair play to the lads who came in, they have done really well – we were disappointed to lose but the boys who have come in put in good performances.”

Thame’s situation got even worse halfway through Tuesday’s match when first-teamer Sam Cowan was stretchered off the pitch.

It was originally feared he had broken his ankle but it now looks like it isn’t quite as bad as first thought.

He will still be out of Thame’s home match against Shortwood United on Saturday but West will be boosted by a number of returning players.

He said: “We have six coming back so we have gone from having quite a weak squad to an almost full strength one to choose from.”