Thame Rangers 5 Sandhurst Town 1
Did we witness goal of the season?
In what were perfect conditions Thame Rangers produce their best performance of the season so far against Sandhurst who up until this game have only lost one game and conceded seven goals all season.
Both teams settled early, shared possession and looked to be positive going forward but defences dominated the early stages of the game giving very little away. Thame then raised their game a level and began to look more threatening, with both fullbacks getting forward and good link up play between Patrick Buston and Andy Gledhill. Chances started coming with Dan Hatton and Buston both coming close. Hatton then opened the scoring on 25 mins with a well-placed free kick from 25 yards. Sandhurst responded well and within minutes squared the game up at 1-1 with a long range effort that gave Dan Bowker no chance of saving. Straight from the resulting kick-off, Thame regained their lead within a minute. Calvin Evans cut in from the right and shot low and hard into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Buston then had a goal disallowed, James Keeble had a free kick saved and a goal bound effort blocked and there the half ended at 2-1 to the home side.
Thame started the second half strong and immediately forced a corner. Hatton crossed and Craig Faulconbride headed home from 6 yards. More pressure and corners came from the home side and on 52 mins they were rewarded a penalty after the visiting keeper fumbled and the alert Buston pounced on the loose ball first. In an attempt to get the ball, the keeper fouled Buston and a penalty was awarded. Buston picked the ball up, placed it down and slotted home to make it 4-1. Changes were made immediately. Debutant Christian Deste, Captain of our reserves replaced Faulconbridge and Harry Hawes took over from Buston upfront. Deste looked calm and at home in the centre of the park and H. Hawes continued the good work upfront. Then not only the move and goal of the game but up there as being goal of the season. James Hawes with a scissor kick from outside the box. James finished off a move that started from a corner, included seven outfield players and a cross from younger brother Harry to finish the game off in style and seal the victory for the home side.
Bowker, Evans, Lynn, Davis (Moreton), Attwell, Faulconbridge (Deste), J Hawes, Keeble, Buston (H Hawes), Hatton, Gledhill.