Thatcham Town Harriers U16 White 3 Thame Youth U16 Colts 0
By Tim Darch
Long journey home from Thatcham for Colts
The U16 Colts journeyed to Thatcham for a fixture which would see the victors top the league for a week at least. Unfortunately for such a key game half-term meant a depleted squad, and this coupled with well-drilled, efficient opposition meant it wasn't one of the boys better afternoons. Several missed opportunities in the first half proved to be significant as the Harriers went into the break with a slender lead, increased it shortly after the resumption and pretty much killed the game with a third goal about 15 minutes from time. The Colts were competitive in the first period, and on another day could have scored at least couple were it not for two very good saves from efforts by Ioan plus another shot that went about an inch wide. However the second half was largely one-way traffic, and Thatcham's solid defence coupled with some wayward 'hit and hope' passing meant that the visitors rarely threatened. To their credit though the boys kept going until the final whistle on a heavy-ish pitch and there seemed to be little in the way of recriminations (which have occasionally featured this season when things haven't gone so well).
Next up the final Inter-League Cup group stage fixture at home to Yarnton Blues of the Witney League: with just 1 point from three games the Colts have to win their last two and hope other results go their way to be able to progress to the knockout stage.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.