Woodford win makes it three in a row for West’s men

Thame United manager Mark West
Thame United manager Mark West
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THAME are through to the next round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup after beat Old Woodstock Town 3-2 at the ASM Stadium on Tuesday.

It was a more comfortable game than the final scoreline suggested with Thame taking a 3-0 lead into the final ten minutes.

After an even opening few minutes the home side began to win more of the ball and both Dan West and Ben Connelly went close. Thame’s first goal came on 30 minutes when Alex Stewart met a West corner with a near-post header from close range.

United increased their lead just before the break when Aaron Rogers beat the visiting keeper from a long throw-into head the ball home.

The visitors were stronger in the second-half and Thame keeper Nick Bennion was kept busy.

United scored their third goal in the 81st minute when a superb ball from midfield found Alex Stewart, who ran at goal and struck home a strong, well-placed shot from 20 yards.

Woodstock first response came from an unexpected quarter as a defender hit a 35 yard thunderbolt from nowhere.

With three minutes of normal time remaining the visitors scored a second with a shot through a packed area.

The final minutes saw Woodstock striving for an equaliser but United held out for a deserved win.

Thame manager Mark West said: “I thought we were quite comfortable and the game was more one-sided than the score suggested.

“3-2 makes it sound closer than it was. We went 3-0 up and the game should have been dead and buried.

“We let in two sloppy goals and made the game more difficult than it should have been.”

The victory means Thame have now won their last three games.

“It’s nice to be on a winning streak. It was a good team performance. The lads are playing really well.”

Thame take on Slimbridge away on Saturday.

“They’re always a tough team to play.”