Mixed fortunes for Thame Hockey Club

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Thame Hockey Club’s men’s second team ended their winless run with a deserved 3-1 home victory against Maidenhead Monarchs.

Both sides displayed some fluent passing hockey in the opening exchanges and an early goal came the way of the visitors, but Thame responded well to the early setback when captain Joshua Lay was allowed time to pick a pass for Cameron Skea, who tapped in.

The teams remained on level terms at half-time, however the hosts were in the ascendency and in a more one-sided second half, Thame took the lead through Alex Merrick’s well-placed finish into the far corner.

The home side then cemented their advantage when the tireless Isaac Laws was on hand to score a third.

There was disappointment for Thame IIIs, who were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Abingdon IIIs 1-0.

Following a goalless first half, the only goal of the game came from an Abingdon penalty corner as Mike Caiger and Tom Creswell both missed chances for Thame.

Elsewhere, Thame ladies’ third team lost 2-0 against leaders Maidenhead.

Thame frustrated their high-flying opponents for much of the first half but a goal on the stroke of half-time set Maidenhead on their way before they added another in the second half.

Meanwhile, Thame ’s U10 teams faced stiff opposition at the Wallingford Wildcats tournament.

The B team gave Emma Dickson, Amelia Changer and Matty Ng their first taste of competitive hockey, while special mentions go to Eliza Davies and Jonathon Fell, who both made some excellent saves on their first experience in goal.

There were also solid performances from Edwin Peacock and Amalie Cleveland as the team finished fourth overall.

Following two wins and a hat-trick by Robbie Skea, the A team made it to the knock-out stages.

A thrilling 0-0 draw with Oxford Hawks then resulted in a tense penalty shoot-out which went to sudden death. Charley Sharpe scored a fine penalty and Daniel Laws had a fantastic tournament in goal, but despite his excellent saves, Hawks took the lead and eventually won the match. Jake Stainton, Finlay Wright, and Lizzie Pearce all performed excellently.