Thame’s new stadium becomes a fortress

Thame United look make the ASM stadium their very own fortress
Thame United look make the ASM stadium their very own fortress

The new ASM Stadium looks like it may be becoming a fortress for Thame United after they claimed two straight wins in a week.

After beating Flackwell Heath 1-0 on Saturday, they came out again three days later to win by the same margin against Reading Town.

And manager Mark West was overjoyed with the commitment put in by his players.

He said: “It was nice, we have been playing well recently and not quite getting the results – but we managed to hold them out this week.

“We scored an early goal in both matches and then defended really well and managed to keep a clean sheet.”

Thame were able to field a full strength side for both games and it showed as they grouped together to lock out the opposition attack.

That’s something that West’s side struggled to do earlier in the season and so the manager was happy to see his team come together.

He said: “It is always nice when the lads defend well and keep a clean sheet, that is what we are looking for, we are always going to score so if we can keep a clean sheet we will win games.”

The side was boosted for the matches by new signing Connor Hayes, who has been receiving all the plaudits since joining Thame.

After being voted man of the match on his debut, the former Rushden & Diamonds youngster got some more praise from his manager.

West said: “He came in, started the last two games and has done well – he is only a young lad so he is another one we have for the future.”

More than 150 fans witnessed Hayes’ first two matches and West believes a crowd of this size has helped spur his team on.

He said: “We had about 250 on Saturday and about 150 there on Tuesday, the support has been brilliant and I hope they keep coming down. We have a few home games so hopefully they will come for that.

“It is nice because the lads used to play in front of 30 or 40 – but now when you look around there is 150 to 250 and it is a massive boost.”

More fans are expected to descend on the ASM on Tuesday as the home side entertain Oxford United for the official opening of the ground.

The match was originally scheduled for December but despite it being rearranged, West still believes it will be an enjoyable night.

He said: “We are not expecting to win but it is the sort of game to go out and enjoy, they won’t want to lose to us so I am sure both teams will play football and get a few goals.

“It is opening the ground so all the players will get at least half a game and will be going out there to have a bit of enjoyment.”

First up though is an away match with Wootton Bassett on Saturday when Thame will be looking to extend their winning run to three matches.