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Widmer End U18
Thame Rangers U18
Sun 12 Feb 10:30 - League Full time

Late goals send Rangers to defeat against league leaders

No reward for decent performance as Thame slip to foot of table

This game demonstrated just how competetive the First Division of the South Bucks Youth League is this season. Widmer will have been relieved to score two late goals that cement their position at the top of the table while Rangers, after briefly threatening to pull off a shock,slipped to the bottom of the division because of results elsewhere.
On balance Widmer probably deserved the points,largely due to an impressive midfield that created a succession of clear cut chances for their strikers.Eddie Hart had already pulled off two good saves before he was beaten on the half hour mark at the end of a neat passage of quick passing football.
It wasn't all one way traffic though, George Bennetts seeing a free kick turned round the post and Billy Herbert finding space in a congested box to shoot powerfully but straight at the keeper.
Rangers started the second half one goal down but wiped out that defecit in the 55th minute with a goal that will have left the Widmer keeper embarrassed . Under no great pressure and with defenders around him he charged out of his goalmouth only to miskick straight to Rangers winger Sam Muscroft on the right touchline. Showing commendable technique Sam floated the ball back over the stranded goalkeeper and into the net.
For a while the long-time league pacesetters were rattled. Thame centre half Tom Darling looked like he had headed the visitors into the lead but the Widmer keeper redeemed his earlier error with a fine save. Billy Herbert twice worked good openings but couldn't find the net.
As often happens at all levels of the game ,teams that fail to take their chances can later pay a price. Widmer turned on the pressure again near the end and not even Eddie Hart was able to prevent two late goals that created a final scoreline that was a little harsh on the Rangers boys.
Squad:Eddie Hart,Tom Howard,Matt Gomm,Jordan Baker, Tom Darling, Ed Hickman, George Bennetts, Alex McStay,Jack Howland,Jack Thurnham, Sam Muscroft, Billy Herbert and Niall Davies.

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