Thame boss looking for fans to keep the faith

Action from Thame United's match with Oxford United
Action from Thame United's match with Oxford United

Mark West has called for the fans who came out to the Oxford United match on Tuesday to stick with his Thame United side.

He is now hoping that a lot of the 1,400 fans will return again for their match with Pegasus Juniors today (Saturday).

He said: “It was really good playing in front of a large crowd and we really appreciated their support.

“Hopefully they enjoyed themselves and they might come back to watch us again on Saturday.”

The game itself definitely produced value for money for the onlooking spectators, with Alex Stewart stealing the show.

The tall Thame striker let rip a shot from 30 yards, which smashed into the back of the net, much to the joy of West.

He said: “Alex hit a great goal, which was a big highlight of the night.

“It allowed for us to go in 1-1 at half time, which in itself was nice for us and the crowd.”

Oxford United went on to score two more goals in the second half but the match was never going to be about the result.

Instead West took the opportunity to give each of his players a run out against the League Two side as a reward for their commitment this season.

He said: “We had a really good game. Everybody Oxford sent over was from their first team and for the lads that was nice.

“We fielded 18 or 19 players so the lads who have not been playing got on the pitch and got to play against a quality team.”

There was even an appearance for the experienced manager, who admits that it is now time to call an end to his playing career.

He said: “I had about five minutes, just so I had a little run out. It was the last time for me, though, I think I will be hanging up my boots now.”

The night was a family affair for West as he was put in direct opposition to his son Daniel, who is part of the Oxford United team.

This though didn’t stop the Thame manager wanting to win.

He said: “My son was playing against us and did really well, but obviously I wanted him to lose on the night.”