Thame’s FA Cup win soured by league draw

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

UNITED manager Mark West is hoping his side take their cup form into the league game against Cheltenham on Saturday.

Thame beat Sandhurst 3-2 in the FA Cup in a thrilling match last Saturday but then slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Henley in a midweek league fixture

West said: “The game on Tuesday wasn’t a great game. Henley is a tough place to go, the pitch is not very good and they play a kick and rush style of football.

“We battled back and got a point but probably could have won.

“The game with Sandhurst was much better and we should have scored more. The scoreline was very flattering for them. We hit the post four times.

“It’s always good to have a run in the cup but it’s the league that matters.”

In Wednesday’s match Thame started brightly and enjoyed the better of the first 15 minutes.

But the home side came rallied to put Thame on the backfoot for a lengthy period before the break.

After half-time United dominated and the ball did not leave the Henley half for the first five minutes and seemed to spend the remainder of the match there as Thame mounted attack after attack.

A goal-bound Dan West shot was just deflected wide but Henley were quick to break and looked dangerous. On 55 minutes, Nick Bennion did well to take the ball from the feet of a striker who was through on goal.

After an hour, following a Thame corner, Henley broke down their left and the ball was played to Matty Jacobs who hit a first time shot from 15-yards into the corner.

Thame again laid siege to the Henley goal with Aaron Rogers, Luke Ricketts, and West all going close but they could not find the equaliser as Mark West’s men struggled to penetrate the home penalty area.

Sub Alex McDonald slid the ball to Dan West whose shot found the back of the Henley net, but the effort was ruled out for offside.

In the 90th minute a close pass from West on the left found McDonald who calmly slid the ball home for a share of the spoils.

Thame play Cheltenham Saracens at the ASM Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

On Monday, Thame host a team of past Manchester United players and manager West is looking forward to it.

“It should be a bit of fun, It’ll let the boys let off a bit of steam and relax. It will be good for the lads to play against some of those players. I might give myself five minutes at the end.

“We’re looking forward to it but it’s a bit of fun. The league and cup are the most important for us.”