Thame continue winning-streak in exciting goal-fest at ASM

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THAME defeated Slimbridge 3-2 on Saturday in one of the most entertaining games seen at the ASM Stadium this season.

The win was extra special because the visitors arrived with an unbeaten away record and an advantage of six league places.

The first half hour was even with both teams playing attractive attacking football.

Slimbridge took the lead on 35 minutes when a long ball from defence resulted in a mix-up between home defender Meredith Mitchell and keeper Nick Bennion, allowing Slimbridge striker Alex Higgs to dribble the ball past Bennion and finish into an empty net from 20 yards.

United equalised just before the break when Alex Stewart rose to head a cross from Aaron Rogers but a defender intervened and fortunately the ball fell to Stewart who reacted quickly to hit an angled shot home from close range.

The second-half saw United attacking and soon won a penalty after the referee saw too much jostling in the box. Stewart took the spot-kick and gave the visiting keeper no chance.

After a period of Thame pressure the visitors recovered and put the home goal under pressure. The in-form Bennion was kept busy and made a brilliant save from point-blank range.

However the pressure was rewarded in the 77th minute when substitute Dan Holliday hit a strong 20 yard free kick past Bennion.

With 10 minutes left Thame were awarded a free-kick on the left and Rogers hit a superb, well-placed shot from 25 yards. United were under pressure for the rest of the game and could have conceded seconds before the final whistle when Sam Cowan almost headed into his own goal, but the ball hit the post and Bennion collected.

United are at home this Saturday when they meet Chalfont Wasps in the Hellenic League Supplementary Cup.