A goal of the season contender from Joe Brittain - Pictured
A young Thame Rangers got back to winning ways on a dark gloomy afternoon at The ASM Stadium against an experienced Chalfont Wasps team.
In an opening spell, where pretty much every statistic remained equal both sides looked to open the scoring. Chris Hurst had a long range effort for our visitors that flew high and wide and Patrick Buston failed to make the visiting keeper work with Thame’s first effort on goal. The midfield battle was slowly being taken over by Thame with Shannon Jesson, Joe Brittain and Dan Hatton all enjoying time in possession and it was to no surprise the first goal for Thame came through a combination of the three and will be up there as one of the best goals you will see all season. Tye Budziszewski won a header on the edge of our box that fell to Dan Hatton. Hatton then passed to Jesson who found Ben Gray down the inside left. Gray crossed to Brittain and he finished the move off with a left footed strike that curled into the top corner from 20 yards (see picture). Both sides continued to look for goals and the visitors had a good spell, which they equalized in with a goal that should never have stood. Dan Bowker in goal for Thame was sat on his backside by Hurst on the penalty spot. Dan Lynn managed to get back on the goal line before Hurst passed to Josh Urquhart who was between Bowker and Lynn and clearly in an offside position. Urquhart slotted home and the assistant referee to the amazement of all for whatever reason kept his flag down. Thame responded well and just before the break got Craig Faulconbridge headed home at the far post from a Ben Gray cross.
The second half was merely a minute old when Thame increased their lead. Another neat move down the right side ended with Patrick Buston slotting home a cross from Brittain. The game changed on 65 minutes and Wasps had a man advantage as Bowker handed outside his box after his clearance was blocked. Fortunately, for Thame former goalkeeper Budziszewski was on the pitch and he took over the gloves. Tom Fifield’s resultant free kick was cleared. On 69 minutes, another Fifield free kick was headed goalward by Wasps skipper Ryan Sweales and Dan Finch applied the final touch for Wasps second of the game. Thame showed great resilience and character to keep Wasps at bay as they applied the pressure in the final stages of the game only giving away a few half chances that Budziszewski handled well and the game finished with a well deserved victory for the home side.
D Bowker, G Butler, D Lynn, T Budziszewski, C Attwell, C Faulconbridge, J Brittain, S Jesson, P Buston, D Hatton, B Gray (K Moreton).
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