League leaders held but Rangers deserved more
Jake's late goal salvages point after Thame are punished for lapses
High scoring Widmer End came to Meadow View Park with an unbeaten record.How the early season pace setters left with that record intact is a question the Rangers boys will still be asking themselves. Despite dominating long periods and creating far more chances it was Thame who needed a late goal to earn a point that was the very least they deserved.
Picking up where they left off at Wycombe last week, Rangers started brightly forcing a series of corners before Billy Herbert nodded Sam Muscroft's flag kick past the visiting keeper to maintain his goal-a-game record for his new club.
With George Bennetts and Alex McStay bossing midfield and Tom Howard a constant threat as an overlapping fullback there should have been more home goals but the Thame forwards developed the worrying habit of shooting straight at the ample frame of the Widmer keeper.
Rangers paid the price for wastefulness when hesitation in defence allowed Widmer to level from the first attack. Worse was to follow. After Niall Davies hit the post from long range Thame conceded another untidy goal deep into first half stoppage time.
The second half followed a similar pattern .Cameron McLaren made it 2-2 with a cool finish only for Widmer to break away and restore their advantage.
For all Rangers early domination it came as a relief when the Herbert/Dann combination produced a late equaliser, Jake Dann finding the net after the visitors keeper could only parry Herbert's powerful shot. Even then Thame had reason to be grateful to Ed Hickman for a vital intervention that prevented Widmer snatching a win in the last seconds.
Overall,despite the lapses that cost 3 goals, there was plenty to be pleased with at this early stage of the season. The strike partnership produced for a second consecutive week, wingers Davies and Muscroft had the beating of their fullbacks and both the defence and midfield now have strength in depth. Four points and seven goals after two games is not a bad start to life in Division One.
Squad: Eddie Hart, Tom Howard, Matt Gomm, Jordan Baker, Jack Thurnham, Tom Darling, Ed Hickman, Sam Muscroft, George Bennetts,Alex McStay, Cameron McLaren, Billy Herbert, Jake Dann , Niall Davies and Sam Muscroft (two mentions because he was forgotten last week!)