Thame boss hoping for upset in FA cup after first defeat

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West
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Thame United boss Mark West says his side have to ‘pick themselves up and move on’ ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup trip to North Leigh after slipping to their first defeat of the season thanks to a ‘freak’ late goal.

West’s men lost 2-1 at Ardley United on Tuesday night after keeper Lee Farrow slipped as an 85th minute free-kick was floated into the box, allowing Ben Thomas to divert a glancing header over the line.

Thame went ahead early on when Nik Rhodes headed home from a corner, but the visitors were pegged back when George Rednap rattled the net from 18 yards following a slick passing move in the 25th minute.

West bemoaned his side’s bad luck after they had two penalty shouts turned down, but was pleased with his players’ performance.

“The lads played really well but in the end we were a little bit unfortunate,” said West.

“It was a freak goal but it’s just one of those things.

“We never seem to get anything at Ardley. It’s like going to Old Trafford.”

Next up for Thame FA Cup preliminary round tie at North Leigh and West is confident of getting a result despite the opponents sitting one league above United.

He said: “If the lads put in the same sort of performance they have been this season we could come away with something.”