Penn 4 - Thame Rangers 2
By Dave Ridgley
Defining moments and big official calls cost Thame Rangers a potential upset at league leaders Penn & Tyler’s Green
Patrick Buston was on fire and causing problems from the first whistle for the centre half pairing of Adam Dickens whose played a large number of games in southern league football for Marlow and Aylesbury plus Fred Tripp. Buston’s power and pace was shown on 5 minutes as he raced clear with only the keeper to beat, but his effort went wide. Thame enjoyed a good spell with several half chances that went begging without much of a reply from the home side, who in passages looked dangerous on the break with Dan Burnell another southern league player making his debut leading their front line. Thame’s pressure eventually paid off when Buston opened the scoring on the half hour with a clever lob from 25 yards and the very same player made it two only minutes later with a powerful left footed drive from around the same range. Then came one of the defining moments in the game, Buston once more left Dickens, and Tripp on the half way line and he raced clear with the keeper to beat. As Buston rounded the keeper, he was taken down in the box, but to the amazement of all the referee failed to give the foul and the ball rolled off for a goal kick. A certain penalty, a red card and the opportunity to go 3 up was made worse as Penn went straight up the other end and pulled a goal back on 44 minutes.
Penn started the second half well and a defensive error put them on equal terms and minutes later an own goal put them in front. Then another penalty claim as Tripp came through the back of Buston, leaving him in a pile on the floor without playing the ball, but nothing given. Then a similar incident at the other end and this time it was a penalty for the home side with the officials showing no consistency in their decision-making. Danny Jordan slotted to make it 4-2, and there was no coming back for the visitors, and the game was played out without any incident to note.
The game spoke volumes for how far we have come in our first season at this level against a very strong experienced opposition and the feeling in the changing room after was one of disappointment.
A Stringer, F Murray, D Lynn, C Deste, C Attwell, M Johnston, M Baxter (Z Crawford), A Farah, P Buston, D Hatton, N Lang (D Paul).