West hails ‘team win’ ahead of FA Cup clash with Oxford

THAME United took a valuable point from Binfield on Monday night after Matt Hall’s goal salvaged a 1-1 draw.

It was an excellent team performance especially considering Thame were fielding a team including six reserve players due to injury and unavailability.

The team more than matched their physical opponents and thoroughly deserved to come away with the a point from a tough place to visit.

The match was marred by a horrible late tackle on Nik Rhodes that went unpunished by the officials and saw the young defender stretchered off making him a big doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Oxford City.

United Manager Mark West said: “The lads did really well. We had quite a few first team players missing but the boys who came in out did themselves.

“It’s nice to know that we’ve got the depth. They will have to do a job again for us on Saturday.

“Binfield is a really tough place to go but all the players played well to get the result.

“It was Matt Hall’s first goal for the club after joining in the summer.”

This Saturday sees Thame entertain Southern Premier League side City at the ASM Stadium for their FA Cup second qualifying round match.

Having defeated Brackley Town from the same division as City in the last round, Thame will be prepared for what Oxford have to throw at them.

The match kicks off at 3pm and after the fantastic victory in the last round, Thame are looking for local support to get behind the team and see them through.

West said: “It would be nice if we can get some support down to spur the lads on because it is going to be a difficult game.

“It would have been tough even with a full team but if we play like we did at Binfield and put in a really good team performance, we can hopefully get something from the game.”