West warns of complacency as last-gasp Hodgkins spares United’s blushes

Mark West
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Mark West has warned his Thame United side not to be complacent against rock-bottom Abingdon Town on Saturday as they look to record their eighth win in nine games.

United return to league action after last week’s nervy 3-2 Supplementary Cup victory at Headington Amateurs which needed a 90th minute goal to avoid embarrassment.

Ellis Hercules’ opener gave an understrength Thame the perfect start but the hosts rallied to lead 2-1 after an hour.

West was forced to change shape and introduce two rested first-choice players from the bench.

But it was the returning Matt Hall who stooped to head home the equaliser before top scorer Niall Hodgkins’ last-minute winner completed the visitors’ recovery.

The influential Ian Pykett picked up an injury during the warm-up but looks set to recover in time to face winless Abingdon, who West is keen to treat with respect.

He said: “We always seem to struggle against the teams down at the bottom. It might be a mental thing.

“But if we don’t approach the game properly and try to do something different to normal, that’s when things go wrong. We need to be picking up three points in these games if we are to stay in the top six.”

United will be without the suspended Shannon Jesson and the injured Matt Johnson as they welcome Town to the ASM Stadium on Saturday (3pm KO).