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Sutton Coldfield Town
Thame United
Unknown (83')
Full time
Unknown (13'), A Gledhill (74'), L Tack (88'), D Martin (89')
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central

Sutton Coldfield Town 1 Thame United 4


The last time Thame United left Coles Lane it was on the back of an 8-0 drubbing some 13 years ago. This time the tables were turned.

United opened with a 4-1-4-1 formation and were immediately on the front foot with, in the second minute, an effort from captain Ben Sturgess from 12 yards coming back off the woodwork. The home side enjoyed their own spell of possession, forcing a couple of corners, before the opening goal for United arrived on 13 minutes. A cross field ball found Liam Tack on the wide right who drilled a low cross in to the box that the home defender could do no more than direct in to the bottom corner of the goal, giving Gwillam in the home goal no chance.

Craig Hill in the Thame goal was then forced in to action, saving an overhead kick, before Tack went close on 23 minutes with an effort that cleared the bar. Tack had another opportunity three minutes later when, after good approach play, he saw an acrobatic effort go wide. For the remainder of the half both sides continued to press but with no meaningful goalmouth action.

The second half opened with the home side pressing and, in the early stages, Hill had to be alert as a shot went just wide. United thought they had secured a penalty on 48 minutes when Tack was felled in the box, but the referee waved away the penalty claims before, on 53 minutes, a Tack free kick from 20 yards was well saved by Gwillam.

On 65 minutes the home side were reduced to ten men when Stephen Palmer was shown a straight red for an elbow to the face of Mealing, who left play shortly afterwards to be replaced by Andy Gledhill. And it did not take long for Gledhill to get on the score sheet when, on 74 minutes, he blocked an attempted clearance on the edge of the box with the ball ricocheting wide of Gwillam and in to the far corner. With a 2-0 lead against ten men and with only 15 minutes remaining, United were looking to see out the game but they could have extended the lead when first Jamie Essex headed over and the Duran Martin saw Gwillam push a low shot wide of the post.

Then, with 8 minutes remaining, the home side pulled a goal back when a low corner in to the box was swept home by Leo Brown from 8 yards. As the home side pressed forward in search of an equaliser, it was United who went on to extend their lead when, on 87 minutes, Tack again found space on the right and this time he finished low in to the far corner from an acute angle. United still had time for a fourth when good passing down the right lead to a ball through to Duran Martin who finished confidently from 8 yards.

That was game over and, in the absence of Manager Mark West, Assistant Stuart Blaik and Coach Ben Johnson were able to celebrate three hard-earned points.

United have their first home league game of the season on Tuesday evening when North Leigh are the visitors, 7:45pm kick off.

United: Hill, Mepham, Lynn, Essex (James), Jewell, Ashworth, Martin (Evans), Sturgess, Tack, Mealing (Gledhill), Goss

(Photo courtesy of Tim Lloyd)

Key moments

Goal Goal for Thame United
Goal Andy Gledhill scores for Thame United
Goal Goal for Sutton Coldfield Town
Goal Liam Tack scores for Thame United
Goal Duran Martin scores for Thame United


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89:00 Goal 1 - 4
Duran Martin scores for Thame United
89:00 Sub Off
Duran Martin is substituted off for Thame United
89:00 Sub On
Calvin Evans is substituted on for Thame United
88:00 Goal 1 - 3
Liam Tack scores for Thame United
84:00 Sub On
Dan James is substituted on for Thame United
84:00 Sub Off
Jamie Essex is substituted off for Thame United
83:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Sutton Coldfield Town
74:00 Goal 0 - 2
Andy Gledhill scores for Thame United
71:00 Sub Off
Marcus Mealing is substituted off for Thame United
71:00 Sub On
Andy Gledhill is substituted on for Thame United
66:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Jewell is yellow carded for Thame United
End of period 1
13:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Thame United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sutton Coldfield Town
  • Thame United
  • 0
  • Goal 13:00'
  • Aaron Jewell Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Marcus Mealing Sub Off 71:00'
  • Andy Gledhill Sub On 71:00'
  • Andy Gledhill Goal 74:00'
  • Goal 83:00'
  • Jamie Essex Sub Off 84:00'
  • Dan James Sub On 84:00'
  • Liam Tack Goal 88:00'
  • Duran Martin Goal 89:00'
  • Duran Martin Sub Off 89:00'
  • Calvin Evans Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Hill, Craig Hill, Craig
Mepham, Harry Mepham, Harry
Lynn, David Lynn, David
Martin, Duran Martin, Duran
Jewell, Aaron Jewell, Aaron
Essex, Jamie Essex, Jamie
Ashworth, Tom Ashworth, Tom
Goss, Aston Goss, Aston
Sturgess, Ben Sturgess, Ben
Mealing, Marcus Mealing, Marcus
Tack, Liam Tack, Liam
Thame United

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Bedford Town 29 47
7. Coleshill Town 31 47
8. Thame United 30 47
9. Berkhamsted 30 46
10. AFC Dunstable 31 45
11. Cambridge City 31 39
12. Aylesbury United 31 38

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