Thame makes it three wins in a row

Thame United FC made it three victories in a week after they beat Cheltenham Saracens 3-1 in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Niall Hodgkins’ brace plus a strike from Taylor Collins gave Thame the win and allowed them to continue their upward momentum.

However, manager Mark West said he had some harsh words with his side during the interval as they were 1-0 down at the break.

He said: “We were a goal down and not playing to our ability.

“I had to get tough with the guys at half-time and what was said is definitely not printable!

“To be fair, they then came out in the second half and played some of the best football of the season so far. It was much more of a complete performance than Saturday, when we went 4-0 up and conceded two goals.”

West added that he was particularly pleased with the performance of Niall Hodgkins who scored twice.

He said: “Niall broke his foot last year and it has taken him a while to get back to full fitness. Now we are starting to see him back at his best.”

Thame are now up to sixth place in the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bracknell Town, a match which West said had proved tricky in the past due to the state of the pitch.

He said: “Bracknell has always tended to be a tough place to go. In the past it has not been the greatest playing surface so we may have to adapt our playing style.

“It is likely that we will have to play a more direct style rather than moving the ball on the floor.

“We will have to battle hard, but if we play like we did on Tuesday then I am confident that we can get the three points and keep our winning run going.”