Thame Rangers 2 Easington Sports 1
Thame Rangers progress in The Hellenic League Floodlit Cup Sponsored by Pepetua Press.
East met West in The Pepetua Press Hellenic League Floodlit Cup on an evening and in conditions that were perfect for football. The fixture presented opportunities for the Thame Management team to rest players and include those who have been on the fringes of the squad and knocking on the door from the Reserves. Dan Bowker returned in goal and Tye Budziszewski at the heart of the defence. Dan Lynn and Kieron Moreton were handed starting places. Nathan Lang who has been playing in goal the last few games was included as an outfield player on the bench. Miles Baxter made his full debut after impressing in Saturdays 5-2 win after coming off the bench at home to Milton and 17-year-old Scott Chappell was included and made his full debut starting in central midfield.
Thame started the game with good energy and intent and soon found themselves in front. After pressuring the visiting defence high up the pitch a ball was slipped through to Patrick Buston (Pictured) who slotted home neatly to open the scoring. Thame continued to press Easington, who found it difficult to get out of their half at times, but when they did, they looked dangerous on the break. Dan Hatton was causing problems and had efforts to increase the lead when well placed before the game settled down on the half hour mark. Both teams created chances but nothing really clean cut to worry the keepers and the half ended with Thame 0ne up.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first. The rest gave time for Thame to freshen up, continue their good work displayed in the first half, and build on the foundation already made. Another good spell of pressure resulted in Thame doubling their lead on 57 minutes. Fullback Matt Johnston found himself in unfamiliar territory inside Easington’s 18-yard box. He was found when well placed, swivelled and placed his effort in the bottom corner to record his first goal for the club. The game then became more open as Easington looked to get back in the game, which helped create more space for Buston and he had chances as he tirelessly worked for openings. Charlie Attwell headed over from Hatton’s corner when given a free header. Hatton himself pulled wide when you would expect him to convert the way he has been playing.
Easington made some changes bringing on fresh legs and on 82 minutes pulled a goal back to make the remaining minutes more interesting. With only a few minutes to Thame gave away a free kick in a dangerous position but the visitors leading goal scorer Callum Convey sliced wide. The game was then over and Thame Rangers completed a well-deserved victory against a team that sit second in The Hellenic League Division 1 West and have won their last 7 games.
D Bowker, M Johnston, K Moreton, C Deste, C Attwell, T Budziszewski, M Baxter, S Chappell (D Gyenes), P Buston, D Hatton, D Lynn (N Lang).