Thame Rangers 4 - Aldermaston 0
Thame Rangers produce a solid team performance. Patrick Buston scores another 2 and Dan Bowker (Pictured) saves 2 from the penalty spot.
Thame Rangers made three changes to their starting line up with Christian Deste returning after a short lay off, Carl Clay and Zach Crawford making the starting line up and full first team debuts after impressing in the reserves. James Hawes returned to the bench after a longer period out through Injury. Aldermaston reported on their website before the game that they will travel away to Thame Rangers with Manager Kieran Jennings having a full squad available and will include Chace Jewell back from injury whilst new signing Josh Drew is included.
Thame started the game with good energy and intent and Miles Baxter nearly created an opening as his cross from the right nearly found Dan Hatton after only seconds. A minute later and Rangers did open the scoring. After good pressure, Carl Clay won the ball. His clever pass found Patrick Buston, who lopped the advancing keeper from the edge of the box as the ball bounced up kindly for him. Further pressure resulted in efforts for the home side as the visitors found it hard to find any momentum. Dan Hatton fired wide, Miles Baxter hit straight at the keeper, Clay rained a few shots in from distance and corner after corner failed to increase the lead. Aldermaston were gifted a penalty on 18 minutes when the ball was clearly won in a fair tackle. Aldermaston’s Kai Parton-Edey stepped up and hit a well-placed effort to Dan Bowkers left. Bowker guessed correctly and palmed the ball off for a corner. The resulting corner was cleared and Rangers broke and forced another corner. Hatton crossed the ball into a dangerous area and good movement presented a volley for Charlie Attwell. Attwell accepted and volleyed home from the penalty spot. After the restart, Aldermaston began to grow into the game and showed what a good side they can be. A couple of half chances that on another day could have produced goals came and went. Then on 34 minutes Buston got his second and Rangers third. Clay’s defence splitting pass found Bustons diagonal run from the left and Buston hit an unstoppable shot without breaking stride into the far bottom corner. The final kick of the half was from Baxter as he once more got the better of his marker with a run from the right. He rounded the fullback and hit a low shot that was heading for the far bottom corner only for the visiting keeper to pull off the save of the game. The half ended with Rangers 3 up and in control.
The half-time break gave Rangers time to rest and they started the second half in similar fashion to the first, not allowing the visitors any time to settle. Buston and Baxter were causing problems for the visiting defence in every attack and both had good chances to increase the lead before Christian Deste had a close range effort blocked on the line. Buston then intercepted a pass from the keeper just outside the box, but the keeper made up for his error with another good save. Another corner in from Hatton and a switch in Rangers set piece routine found Baxter unmarked. Baxter headed down and into the back of the net from 8 yards unchallenged to cap yet another good performance on 67 minutes. Aldermaston had one more attempt on goal from the spot again. A second penalty for them was awarded from another clean tackle to the surprise to everyone in the ground. A new taker and the same result as Bowker saved low to his right. The remainder of the game was played out and Rangers completed a well-deserved victory against a good, strong visiting Aldermaston.
D Bowker, Z Crawford, D Lynn (K Moreton), C Deste, C Attwell, M Johnston, T Budziszewski, C Clay, (J Hawes), P Buston, D Hatton (D Paul), M Baxter.
C Faulconbridge, H Hawes.