United cruise to win

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West

AFTER three weeks of cup games Thame United returned to league action on Tuesday, defeating Shrivenham 3-1, at the ASM Stadium.

The game was played in heavy and persistent rain, making both pitch and ball slippery and difficult to control.

After an even start the visitors took the lead in the 18th minute when a free kick found striker James Lewis, in enough space to head home from six yards giving Thame Keeper, Nick Bennion, no chance.

Bennion got his revenge a few minutes later when Thame hit back with an unusual gaol. The Untied keeper took a long goal kick which beat the visiting defence and seemed to bounce over the advancing keeper’s head and into the goal.

It is possible sight of the ball was lost above the floodlit area, or a defender may have got a deflection, but Bennion was more than happy to celebrate. United’s second goal came after 34 minutes when the unfortunate visiting keeper straight to Dan West who reacted quickly to volley into an empty net.

Five minutes before the break, following good work on the right from Ben Connolly, Aaron Rogers hit a shot which the keeper parried but the ball fell to Alex Stewart who converted from 15 yards out.

Thame were the better side in the goalless second half with Matt Hall, Rogers, and Stewart forcing good saves from the improved visiting keeper.

Cup action again beckons for Thame this weekend as they take on Hanwell Town in the FA Vase on Saturday at the ASM Stadium following their shock 2-0 victory over Brackley last weekend.

Kick off is at 3pm.