West goes on the attack to keep Thame’s new fans

Mark West looks to keep his new fanbase
Mark West looks to keep his new fanbase

Thame United manager Mark West has promised to play attacking football on Monday as he looks to impress the new fan base at the ASM stadium.

He said: “It is a bank holiday and so I would hope that people will decide to come and see what we have here.”

“We always look to play attackive football but sometimes we leave ourselves open at the back – either way it is good for the supporters to watch.”

This free roaming style that West adopts should help to keep the fans coming through the turnstiles and the manager has set a target of getting at least 100 supporters each week.

If this was to happen, they would equal the gates of neighbours Aylesbury United and FC.

West said: “If you get 100-200 fans a week then you have done really well at this level. If we can put on a good performance and they like the atmosphere then there is no reason we can’t get that amount every week.”

West’s main worry for the match will be his side’s state of fitness following the festive week.

The players have not had a game for three weeks and West admits that this, combined with the drinking associated with this time of year, could be a problem.

He said: “I think the players will be fit as long as they have not had too much turkey and drink. Whether they are match fit is another thing though, we will have a few who will struggle after about 70 minutes so if we can play well until full time then it will be a good match for us.”

United could not have had a harder game to come back to than Ardley, whose recent form has seen them pull away at the top. They will however, take some spirit out of the reverse fixture between the sides, which saw Thame come out 2-0 winners.

Alex Stewart was the hero on that day as he grabbed both goals and the tall striker will be available again this time around. In fact West has a full side to pick from, with not a single injury or suspension.

He said: “We are at full strength so this is definitely a winnable game. We will need some luck as well as they are a very good side but if we play like we did away then we should get something out of the game – it is our first week back so it will be nice to return with three points.”