Thame get what they deserve...
By Ian Bottomley
...which was not very much after disappointing display
Last week Thame lost unfairly and gloriously; this week they lost fair and square, and with a sad lack of commitment. Where one performance was committed, tactically astute and skilful this second was indifferent, muddled and some of the boys lost all composure on the ball.
That said we started well against a team that has struggled all season and finished with an excellent goal. We took the lead on 6 minutes when Brandon won a free kick on the edge of the area which Billy threaded round the wall and out of the keeper’s reach. Thame could have gone further ahead with Josh setting up Brandon for a charged down shot, but we were seemed to find it difficult to play against the deep-lying Bure Park defence. We struggled to make use of the space and looked uncharacteristically anxious when defending the counter attack: our communication was shot and there was a mixture of under and over hit passes in our own third: a misplaced back pass led to the equaliser; we failed to clear a corner and went behind; and then the no 10 was allowed to walk the ball in through a series of wafting non-challenges.
1-3 down at half-time the youth battled but lacked direction after the break before losing 2 more goals to lost balls and poor clearances around the halfway line. Then-remarkably-the team fashioned a couple of excellent moves down the right-hand side with interplay between Chris, Felix and Jordan and the second of these produced a neat one-two and pull back for Felix to finish well with his left foot.
A very disappointing performance overall; our second goal was Felix’s second of the season and was well-deserved. His was the most consistent effort on the day and capped a fine series of performances in recent matches. He went close with a couple of shots in the first half which might have changed the momentum of the game. He competed hard and was always looking for the incisive pass-man of the match today. But the team “must do better” or the strong to the season may run away.