Thame U16 Colts 1 Streatley Strikers U16 4
By Tim Darch
Colts pay the ultimate price for missed chances
This was probably not a performance upon which to dwell for too long. What appeared likely to be an even contest based on the league table turned out to be 'one of those games', as the visitors racked up a sizeable half-time lead from a speculative punt from the centre circle and two further goals that stemmed from lack of defensive conviction. They netted again in the second half when the ball may have been kicked out of Adam's hands (though it was debatable whether he had it under control) to make it four, while Ioan grabbed a rapturously-greeted consolation with the last kick of the match. Although their effort couldn't be faulted (particularly in the second half when the chips were down), those in red were too often static and waiting for the ball to come to them rather than anticipating outcomes. Key though was Thame's profligacy in front of goal: Streatley probably had 5 chances and scored 4, while the Colts must have had 12 to 15 decent opportunities and managed to convert just one. There were positives though and Louis's performance in particular was worthy of mention, probably his best for the Colts. Credit too to Tom Fowler and Adam for volunteering to go in goal, and thanks to Graham for reffing the first half (and to Sid from Streatley for doing the second) and to Jason for running the line. Next up we host CSA in a midweek fixture, who make the long trip up the A34 having lost only narrowly to East Oxford on Sunday.