Thame ladies show the men how it’s done

Clifford Brown scores for Thame
Clifford Brown scores for Thame

THAME Ladies continued their push for promotion with an impressive 15-0 away victory over Henley whilst their male counterparts slipped up away to Banbury.

The Ladies started calmly, passing the ball around with confidence and within three minutes were rewarded when they were given a penalty-flick after a horror tackle. Vice captain Bridie Williamson stepped up and after a false start from the keeper managed to put it smartly into the bottom left corner.

The mid field of Ellie Robinson, Harry Conafray, Rosie Corby and Jenny Alexander played with composure and confidence throughout. Their dominance turned to goals as forward Vicky Dawson scored three in succession. Her efforts were mirrored by Claire Harris who also hit a smart hat-trick.

Shelly Bennet then got in on the action with two goals, one on the reverse to make the coach happy. Georgina Rudolph got in on the rout soon after when she converted a penalty corner. Dawson scored a further two and was joined on the scoresheet by Conafray, Rose B and Holly D.

The game was a farewell to captain and stalwart Charlotte Lynch who is taking some time out to prepare for a new arrival.

The men spoiled their unbeaten run as they lost 3-1 away to a strong Banbury side.

The first half was open and Thame never really looked in control despite creating numerous chances. Banbury’s right winger was causing all sorts of problems and after 20 minutes he turned on the edge of the area to fire hard into the top corner.

Thame tried to step up a gear but were frustrated by a lack of composure and some hard tackling from the home side.

Soon they were two down as Banbury scored with what seemed their second shot of the game.

A goal-mouth scramble lead to an infringement on the line which earned Thame a penalty flick which was spurned by captain Birkett whose tame attempt was saved by the keeper.

A succession of penalty corners similarly bore no fruit and an almost disbelieving Thame found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

The visitors started brightly in the second half pushing and probing from midfield. A reward was quick in coming when Clifford Brown pounced on a loose ball to fire home.

The home side had a large squad and kept changing and swapping players so that everyone was fresh and full of energy.

Thame kept pushing for the equaliser with both Brown and Birkett going close but it wasn’t to be and Banbury snatched a sloppy third late on.