Thame Academy v Highmoor Academy Elite
Thame unlucky to lose 1-0
Thame Academy had a very strong line-up with some experienced players and a few of the new players had been given a chance. Both teams started the game with a high tempo. Highmoor had the better start to the game because Thame Academy was struggling to complete their passes. And Highmoor had the pace on the wings to create a good counter attack, but they were struggling with their end product.
Thame midfielder, Alex Rickard
, came off due to an injury after about 20 minutes, which led to the introduction of striker, Jack Wood
. Highmoor managed to break the deadlock from a corner which displayed poor marking from Thame academy, which as they allowed the Highmoor player to have a free header which went across goal and which unfortunately came off another player and ended up in the back of the net. Half time 1-0 to Highmoor.
At half time defender, Shane Kennie
was replaced by the more experienced Max Hallam
. Thame Academy gave a better display in the second half with them being able to create a number of chances due to good passing. The Highmoor goalkeeper looked shaky when called upon to come and collect the ball, but made two good saves from Amir Jafri
from inside the penalty box.
Around the hour mark, Bertie Turvey
was replaced by Chris Bukaka
to add an injection of pace down the right hand side of the pitch. Thame Academy carried on with the pressure but was unable to beat the goalkeeper with amount of chances that they had. Towards the end of the game Thame Academy pushed a lot of men forward trying to find the equalizer which allowed Highmoor the chance to break on a counter attack which could have resulted to a penalty. However the referee decided that it was not a penalty and blew the final whistle. Full time Highmoor 1-0 Thame Academy.