Hard fought victory for Thame hockey

Nicholas Moore was at fault for both of Bicester's goals
Nicholas Moore was at fault for both of Bicester's goals

Thame continued their 11 match winning streak with a 5-2 away triumph over a strong Bicester side.

But the result could have been even better if Thame Gazette reporter and first team player Nicholas Moore hadn’t made two defence errors late on.

The lapses of concentration cost Thame what would have been a clean sheet and a resounding win as they took a commanding five goal lead.

The visitors started strongly with dominant possession from Will Sawrey-Cookson and Gareth Birkett in midfield.

Man-of-the-match Chris Humphreys was controlling the game from in front of the defence with aplomb and it wasn’t long before Will Sawrey-Cookson broke the deadlock. Clifford Brown soon added one of his own after some lovely stick skills at the top of the area.

Right-back Tim Trailor, looking to build on his goal from the week before, was a constant thorn in Bicester’s side with his probing runs and tireless work rate.

Just after half time Jimmy Reindeer continued his spectacular scoring run when he fired home from a misplaced Humphreys injection.

Thame continued in like form with goals from Birkett and a second from Brown increasing the advantage.

Two late defensive errors from Moore saw the normally watertight Thame defence gift Bicester two consolation goals.