From strangers to Rangers in just one game
By Paul Davies
First top flight win as new Thame line up bonds quickly
A new look Thame Rangers announced their arrival in Division One of the South Bucks Youth League with a hugely promising performance.The victory could easily have been more emphatic than the 4-1 scoreline and was even more impressive considering no fewer than seven of the 15 man squad were making their debuts.
Players who are still learning each others names had no difficulty picking out the red shirts of their new teammates and the season could hardly have got off to a better start. Any worries about moving up a division(in some cases two) were shelved as early as the first minute when Sam Muscroft and Billy Herbert played in last season's leading scorer Jake Dann whose shot beat the Wycombe keeper but cannoned off the crossbar.
Rangers were able to take advantage of a distinctly sloping pitch to pile on the pressure and there were a number of close calls before the 11th minute when new striker Billy Herbert swivelled to score what promises to be the first of many goals for Thame.
The new strike force of Herbert and Dann looks a potent combination and Jake Dann struck Rangers second goal before the half ended in spectacular fashion. The Wycombe keeper who did well to tip another goalbound shot onto his crossbar was left helpless as the subsequent corner was cleared to Alex McStay on the edge of the area .His powerful strike was still rising as it crashed into the roof of the net.
The second half,with the slope favouring the home team, was a closer affair but Thame were always in control.New goalkeeper Eddie Hart whose registration came through only hours before the game made a fine debut,pleasing everyone associated with Thame but especially the boys who were on a rosta to share the gloves this season. In front of Hart defender Jack Turnham slotted into central defence . He said he had never played the position before but his performance alongside Jordan Baker was outstanding.
Rangers restricted Wycombe to a handfull of shots on target. The Tigers pulled a goal back when a free kick bounced just in front of Hart and the home forward was first to the rebound. There was to be no comeback however as Rangers dominated the closing stages with Cameron McLaren having a shot turned onto the post before Jake Dann restored the two goal advantage.
The Rangers lads left the pitch knowing they had not only secured 3 points but found a squad that looks well equipped for the ultimate test of First Division football. This was a very encouraging performance with 15 members of the squd being given good pitch time to make a good impression.
Squad: Eddie Hart, Tom Howard (capt) Matt Gomm, Ollie Gibson, Jack Thurnham, Jordan Baker, Ed Hickman , George Bennetts, Alex McStay, Cameron McLaren, Jack Howland, Matt Wigglesworth, Billy Herbert and Jake Dann.