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SL; Scott hoping to Tame the Rovers for his new club

Saturday 15th September 2018

Thame United v Barton Rovers

Southern League Division One Central

ASM Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United host Barton Rovers on Saturday at the ASM Stadium looking to continue their superb one hundred percent start to the Southern League Division One Central season. Currently one of three teams who sit at the summit of the league table United will be looking to bounce back after a midweek loss in the league cup at Didcot Town, in what turned out to be an eight goal thriller, whilst Rovers occupy a mid table position after two wins and two defeats in their opening four matches.

Harry Scott

This week Sports Shots caught up with recent new signing Harry Scott to find out how he’s been settling into his new surroundings:

I feel I’ve settled in pretty well to be honest, they are a good bunch of lads here and they were happy to have me on board

After leaving Aylesbury, were Thame they only option?

No not at all, there were a few teams that wanted to sign me and it came down to the travelling as Thame isn’t too far from where I live, and the facilities they have are one of the best in this league

Thame have started the season well, what does Harry put this down to, and how has his own form been?

Our success is down to hard work and constantly trying to improve on our previous performance. My own personal form hasn’t been the greatest really, but hopefully I can change that at the weekend

What do the management ask from Harry when he goes on the field of play?

They just ask that you put everything in whilst you’re on the pitch and they won’t settle for anything less, and also to express yourself when you do get the ball

Just how good does he think the squad is this from what he’s seen so far?

I think it’s a very good squad this season, there are a few very good individuals amongst them!

As one of our new clubs for this season, who are the players we should look out for?

I think Duran Martin & Liam Tack are two to look out for, they are two very good players

Finally, how was the game at Didcot on Tuesday?

It was a bit end to end really, they had the better of the first half but we changed formation at the break and were the better side for thirty minutes of the second half

Sports Shots would like to thank Harry for his time this week

ESS D1C: Thame assistant boss looking for “more of the same” from league leaders

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik is looking for “more of the same” from his Evo Stik South, Division One Central league leaders this weekend.

Stuart Blaik

That’s the message from Blaik who spoke to Sports Shots ahead of the visit of Yaxley to The ASM Stadium.

With three wins from their opening three games, Blaik openly admits he does not look at the league table this early on in the campaign but believes the standards which the team has set must be reached again on Saturday afternoon.

We have done very well and with nine points on the board we are delighted. It is early on and I believe we are still another week away from full match fitness having endured a freak summer.

We have worked hard, been disciplined and those are the basic principles that we must keep delivering.

In this league if you are not on your game and working hard you get punished.

The three league victories have only been blighted by an exit in the FA Cup to Berkhamsted.

We were disappointed to lose last Saturday and that’s not just for ourselves but also for those people who work very hard behind the scenes.

We had a goal ruled out for offside which someone, who filmed the game, highlighted that it wasn’t and that would have put us one up. We take that decision and wish Berkhamsted all the best in the next round.

The defeat was hard to take but with games coming thick and fast this early it was so pleasing that the lads showed character on Monday to bounce back with a derby win at Aylesbury United. It’s a difficult place to go but we were back at it and to keep a clean sheet and take all three points was great.

This weekend Yaxley are next up.

We don’t know that much about Yaxley but if we again focus on ourselves and work hard we can earn another win.

FA Cup PR: Blaik focuses on Thame’s FA Cup tie after excellent league start

After an excellent start to their Evo-Stick South League, Division 1 Central, Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken as their focus turns to the FA Cup this Saturday.

Stuart Blaik

Victories over Sutton Coldfield and North Leigh in their opening two league games now sees attentions turn as United face a visit from Berkhamsted to The ASM Stadium in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

Blaik spoke to Sports Shots this week ahead of the big tie.

We returned from Sutton Coldfield with all three points after a pleasing display with a 4-1 win.

We are used to playing on a 3G as we train on one, but the team played well to get the victory.

First game you never really know what to expect but we would have taken that result before we went!

Tuesday we had a home derby with North Leigh and, first half, they were better than us and went in with a deserved one goal lead.

We spoke at half time, made some tactical changes to the starting eleven with formation and second half we improved and played well in getting the three points.

So with a maximum six points from the opening two fixtures the focus turns to the FA Cup.

This Saturday will be another big game but if we turn up and compete I feel we can progress. We have started the season well and the momentum and confidence a cup run can bring will benefit us.

Monday sees a trip to face Aylesbury United at Chesham.

The games come thick and fast this time of year and I hope with us now having more strength in depth this season that we can utilise the players we have at our disposal.

ESS D1C: Blaik previews season ahead for Thame United

Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as Thame United begin their Evo Stik South, Division 1 Central season with a trip to Sutton Coldfield this weekend.

Stuart Blaik

The assistant manager of Sports Shots newest club gave an interview on Monday ahead of the league’s curtain-raiser on Saturday.

Blaik told Sports Shots:

I am looking forward to the new season in anticipation.

Pre-season has been one that has needed managing much more than I can remember. We have not done as much work as maybe we would have hoped, due to the weather and pitches, but all teams have been facing the same challenges.

This weekend we start our league campaign with a trip to Sutton Coldfield on their 3G. It should not cause us too many issues as we train on one.

The games then come thick and fast as we are home to North Leigh next Tuesday, we face Berkhamsted in the FA Cup on the Saturday and have a local derby with Aylesbury United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Again the Evo Stik League is as competitive as ever with Blaik looking forward to the new challenge.


The division, with the restructure, sees six of last season’s top eleven not be moved which I think makes it much stronger than last season, when you’ve added the new sides.

We finished eleventh last season and if we can build upon that it would be excellent. The key is we compete and embrace the new challenges.

The new division sees us playing in some good local derbies, plus to play at Bromsgrove in front of around a crowd of 1300 is where we want to be testing ourselves.

With the first home game next Tuesday evening, Blaik was hopeful that Sports Shots coverage could bring more interest in the club and, in turn, welcome new spectators to The ASM Stadium.


Sports Shots to join forces with Thame United for the 2018-19 season

Sports Shots is very delighted to announce that Thame United Football Club will be joining our list of clubs as from today.

Thame United – Picture courtesy of Mike Snell.

The Evo-Stik South, Division 1 Central outfit complete our clubs for the 2018-19 season and come under our umbrella with some excitement.

With Aylesbury and Aylesbury United in the same division it makes for an exciting season of Sports Shots coverage for the division.

Sports Shots would like to thank United chairman Jake Collinge and assistant manager Stuart Blaik for making this happen.