West out to Bin rivals

Thame United boss Mark West
Thame United boss Mark West

MARK West is hoping that a change of formation can prove to be the difference for his Thame United side as he looks to beat Binfield for the first time as a manager.

He has faced them on six previous occasions and has yet to come out victorious but this year, he hopes, will be different.

He said: “It will be a tough game as I have never beaten them so obviously a win will be a bonus if we can get one.

“A bit of luck would be nice to help us along the way, but I think we are going to keep with the same 4-5-1 formation we used on Saturday and see if that works.

“We have played a game with it so hopefully now we can understand it better and be able to come home with a positive result.”

The system sees Thame play with Alex Stewart as a loan striker, supported by five midfielders.

It worked well enough to secure a draw against high-flying Wantage Town on Saturday and West thinks it will only get better with time.

He said: “First half it didn’t work very well as the players didn’t really know what to do, but we came in at half-time, talked about it and were much better in the second half.

“I thought the lads did really well in the end and there were some really good performances from the players.”

West was boosted before the game as a number of his first team players passed late fitness tests.

This included top scorer Stewart, who had a key role to play in the new system.

The return of these players meant Thame were able to put in a strong performance and came away happy with the point.

West said: “It was a good game for us considering the weather conditions made it very difficult.

“Before the game we would have taken a point so we have to be happy with it.”

Despite the howling wind, 180 fans turned up to show their continual support to the team and West was again thankful to them.

He said: “It was a good crowd there and we are fortunate to get the size we do.

“We seem to keep attracting people here which is always nice to see.”

The fans who turn up to the ASM this Saturday will be greeted by an almost fully fit Thame squad.

West has confirmed that his players have recovered from their injuries and will be ready for selection.

He said: “We should be ok, hopefully we will be able to put out a strong side and put in a good performance.”

Thame are currently on a decent run at the ASM, having not lost in their last five games and will be hoping to continue their form in the 3pm kick off on Saturday..