Thame United 2 Aylesbury FC 0
United ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against near neighbours Aylesbury FC to maintain their recent run of good form.
Mark West gave a debut to both Liam Tack and Aston Goss, the latter, against his former club, in an otherwise familiar 4-4-2 formation. On a sodden pitch following the recent heavy rain, the opening stages of the match saw both sides cancel each other out, with chances at a premium. The first real effort of the half came on 12 minutes when a Tack shot was parried wide by Jenkins. The resultant corner led to an unsavoury incident in the box with the referee picking-out Tack and Garry Jones, the former receiving a red card and the latter a caution. United were, however, awarded a free kick on the six yard line following the incident which saw the whole visiting side on the goal line, which was sufficient for the free kick to be blocked and cleared.
Despite going down to ten men, United started to dominate the play, with Adam Morris particularly effective, and the defence well-marshalled by captain James McGowan. Chances came and went for United, as twice Aston Goss drilled just wide, before he got on the end of a deep cross only to see his goal bound diving header stop on the line before being cleared by Jones.
With increasing pressure it was no surprise when United broke the deadlock three minutes before the break. Jamie Essex played a ball down the line that found Lynton Goss on the wide right. Goss beat former United defender Derek Feyi for pace, before putting in a low cross that was met on the far post by Dan West and he steered by the ball wide of Jenkins.
The second half started with United on the front foot and after 50 minutes a David Lynn cross from the left was met by the head of Lynton Goss and his effort was tipped over the bar by Jenkins.
Gradually the visitors began to enjoy more possession but for the most part United were happy to allow them to play in front of them and rarely did they penetrate the defensive line-up and, when they did, Craig Hill comfortably dealt with what was thrown at him. Indeed, after 73 minutes United thought they had extended the lead. Lynton Goss broke clear just inside the Aylesbury half initially outpacing the visiting defenders and then rounding Jenkins, only to see his goal bound shot cleared by the retreating defender. The ball then fell kindly for Luke Ricketts to finish from close range, but the Assistant raised his flag for off-side. Ricketts then went close two minutes later, driving just wide, before the visitors had their best chance. A ball in to the United box resulted in Hill and McGowan colliding, with the ball dropping to Jones who, from eight yards out, put his effort inches wide.
Whilst that was a let-off for United, the lead was extended five minutes later. Lynton Goss was fouled 25 yards from goal before stepping-up and striking a free kick high in to the roof of the net, with the flight of the ball appearing to deceive Jenkins.
That was the last meaningful action of the game, with the ten men of United holding out for a comfortable win that moves them up to tenth in the table.
Hill, Mepham, Lynn (Evans), Essex, McGowan, Ashworth, Tack, L.Goss, Morris (Connelly), West, A.Goss (Ricketts)