Peace breaks out but Rangers well beaten
Harefield complete double but no complaints this time
There are some matchdays where the result is not the most important outcome and this was certainly one of them. The eyes of the league administrators were on Meadowview Park on Sunday following the regrettable scenes that followed the first meeting between the two clubs earlier in the season. Three of the visitors players served lengthy bans for their part in the trouble that day.
This time both management teams worked hard to ensure that a competitive match stayed within the rules. A strong refereeing performance also contributed . Unfortunately on the day Harefield coped better with the difficult surface and their brand of quick passing football fully deserved the points. Rangers worked hard and deserve credit for keeping their discipline but on this occasion can have no complaints about the result.
Thame were chasing the game from the second minute when the first of many mistakes on a slippery pitch gifted the visitors a dream start. Harefield were not a particularly big outfit but flooded the midfield with players whose speed and ball control allowed them to cut through the home defence.
Rangers came closest to equalising when centre back Tom Darling headed powerfully just over the crossbar from a corner but it was Eddie Hart's goal that was coming under more pressure and Harefield doubled their lead midway through the first half.
The second period was much closer as Thame reinforced the midfield and began to pose their own threat. Twice Billy Herbert worked good shooting opportunities and twice struck the woodwork. The game ended with Rangers throwing centre back Darling into attack but there was to be no dramatic comeback.
Eddie Hart produced an acrobatic save to prevent Jordan Baker heading into his own net but in the closing minutes the Rangers keeper was beaten for a third time when Matt Gomm in a desperate attempt to clear his lines scored an own goal.
Squad: Eddie Hart, Tom Howard, Matt Gomm, Jordan Baker, Tom Darling, Ed Hickman, George Bennetts, Jack Thurnham, Jack Howland, Niall Davies, Alex McStay, Billy Herbert, Ollie Gibson and Matt Wigglesworth.