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Martin Pacetti25 Nov 2023 - 21:44
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Thame United 1 - 0 Biggleswade Town

The Red Kites entertained Biggleswade Town in the Pitching In Southern League Central Division One at the ASM Stadium. On a cold afternoon the pitch was looking in good condition and Thame were hoping to build on their midweek County cup win against a Biggleswade Town team that were one place out side of the play off places. Manager Ben Williams had some decisions to make in defence from the last league game as Jordy Ngarthe had left the club yesterday to join Evesham and Harry Riliey was out with an arm injury. In came Tyler Lawson at centre back and Eric Mafuta at right back, on the bench Elliot Kettle returned from injury and there was a place for new signing Jake Gosling who joined the club from Rushall Olympic.

Thame started the game brightly as they have done in previous games and within the first two minutes had a chance but the shot was wide. The home side continued to press and created more chances with efforts from Jayden Carbon, Ezra Forde and Eitel Gouthe all going close. As in so many games this season Thame were on top and dominating the game with Biggleswade creating very little and not treating the home team goal.The pace up front and running into space out wide were causing the away team all sorts of problems. The chances continued and none better for Thame to take the lead than on 27 minutes when Finn Murray headed over from a corner with a free header.

The half ended goalless, but Thame had much the better chances and run of play, and were unlucky not to be leading. The second half started much the same as the first with Thame on top, Jake Gosling came on for his debut replacing Harry Williams and showed some nice touches and composure on the ball in midfield. Finally on 56 minutes Thame got the goal they deserved, with Eitel Goueth picking up the ball out side the box and firing a low shot across the keeper and nestled into the left hand corner of the net, 1 - 0 to Thame and nothing more than they deserved. Biggleswade pushed forward but had little to show, with Keeper Archie Davis having little to do apart from a couple of long range efforts and some clearances from corners. Ben Kakembo came of for Juwon Akintundi and almost had a chance to double the home side lead, a long ball over the top found Ben who mucsled his way past the Biggleswade centre back, he raced into the box, his shot beat the keeper but cannoned off of the cross bar. As the clock ticked down the referee added 6 minutes of stoppage but the team battled through and held out for a much deserved victory.

Finally the team got all 3 points and it was thoroughly deserved and a great team performance, To a man the team worked for each other today and there was great celebrations at the end. The win moves Thame off of the bottom of the table.

1 Archie Davis
2 Eric Mafuta
3 Oscar Lucey
4 Finlay Murray (Captain, Yellow Card 59 mins)
5 Tyler Lawson
6 Pierce McNamara (Yellow Card 80 mins)
7 Jayden Carbon
8 Eitel Moumi Goueth (Yellow Card 30 mins)
9 Oluwajuwon Akintunde (Ben Kakembo 80 mins)
10 Ezra Anthonio-Forde
11 Harry Williams (Jake Gosling 56 mins)

12 Harry Alexander
14 Benjamin Kakembo
15 Oluwapelumi Maxwell
16 Elliot Kettle
17 Jake Gosling

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