Thame men’s first team rounded off the first half of the season with a win as they defeated Wycombe 4-2 away.
Despite the result it was not a good performance as the visitors struggled to impose their free-flowing hockey style on a young and exuberant home team.
They were indebted to a match-winning performance from Will Sawrey-Cookson whose hat-trick proved to be the difference on the day.
After a few early scares at the back, including a missed open goal from a Wycombe forward, Thame took the lead against the run of play when Steve Potter pounced with a neat finish after good work from Alex Merrick.
Wycombe missed a couple of chances to equalise before Sawrey-Cookson scored his first to make the score 2-0 at half-time.
As Thame threatened to build on their lead Wycombe hit back with a goal of their own. A weak pass across the box was intercepted by a centre forward and despite a despairing dive tackle from Nick Moore (whose pass it had been) he was able to re-gather and confidently finish.
Thame went straight up the other end and after a swift and incisive passing move Sawrey-Cookson was able to power home his second before a sneaky short corner routine gave him time to pick his spot to complete his hat-trick.
Wycombe snatched a second consolation goal from a harshly-awarded short corner to make the finish a little tense but other than Tim Trailor getting sent off for swearing there was no action left to be played out and the game finished at 4-2.
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