West praises display of his 10 man team

Thame keeper Milan Barisic
Thame keeper Milan Barisic
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MARK West praised the competitive spirit of his side after they beat Carteton 3-1 despite playing more than half the match with 10 men.

Stuart Barr was send off for a goalkeeper style save at the near post but his teammates stayed strong and even extended their lead in the second half.

Carteton converted the spot-kick as a result of Barr’s save to make the scores 2-1, but Alex Stewart got his second of the game late on to seal the win.

West said: “We looked organised with 10 men and I was really pleased with how they coped.

“We had a talk at half-time about how we will play and to be honest we stood deeper than we normally would.

“But all they did was pass the ball about in front of us and we never really looked like conceding.

“It meant that the lads were tired at the end but they all came off pleased with themselves.”

Thame looked likely winners from the outset as they began well and scored two early goals.

First Alex Stewart latched onto an Aaron Rodgers cross to open the scoring and that was soon doubled when a Carteton defender put the ball into his own net.

Then came the moment of madness from Barr, which even West believed was a sending off.

He said: “It was just one of those instinct moments where he saved the ball at the near post – it had to be a red card.”

The penalty was duly converted but after a strong defensively display in the second half, Stewart headed in a corner to give Thame all three points.

It was a welcome result for United after they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Binfield on Saturday.

Alex Stewart hit the post in the match, but West admitted they were just beaten by a better team.

He said: “To be fair they played better than us, they had a lot of experienced players and that probably told in the end.

“I was a little bit disappointed with how we conceded two goals from set pieces as we are normally good at them but next year we will have to come back and beat them.”