Thame slip out of League Cup
Thame lose in extra time after hard-fought encounter
Thame suffered a first defeat of the season losing in the league cup as Crowmarsh pulled away after a game in which the teams had until that point cancelled each other out. It was a snappy, gritty encounter with Crowmarsh shading it for their rugged and well-organised defence.
This match followed on from last week’s encounter for drama and tension and both teams went toe to toe from the start. Defences dominated with strong tackles from Charlie and Lloyd and Jacob showing his powers of recovery against the pacy Crowmarsh attacker. Brandon was on his game and created chances from Billy and Charlie through balls, and Alfie was prompting in the middle of the park. Charlie went close from a Scott corner and Thame seemed to have ridden out the Crowmarsh start when we fell behind on 21’. Thame were outflanked on the right and a fizzing cross to the far past led to a headed goal.
Thame bounced back and finished the half strongly: a Brandon low free kick was well-saved by the keeper on his right; then Brandon nipped in to equalise after Chris’s shot was blocked; and finally Brandon struck the cross bar just before half-time which came with the scores level, 1-1.
The intensity didn’t let up: in defence Alex and Jacob got in blocks, Robbie stood tall to deny the Crowmarsh striker and Alfie and Scott led in the tackle race. Going forward Jake showed up well with good feet under pressure from snapping tackles and won the ball for Charlie to drive just left of the post. Brandon had to go off injured for the second week in succession but Thame kept up the pressure: Scott going close from a free-kick and Jonny having a shot blocked after Charlie’s run into the area.
1-1 at full-time the game went away from Thame very quickly in extra time. Crowmarsh hit the cross bar and were quickest to the rebound to take the lead and then there were a brace of penalties, one clear, one soft and we turned around 1-4 down. And that was that.
A physical and sometimes tetchy encounter with some late tackles and other forms of gamesmanship. Thame stood up well for the most part but in the end could not quite take the initiative against tricky opponents. Joint men of the match Alex and Alfie who stood up to the pressure and shone out for their composed football in what was often a stormy afternoon.