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FA Trophy 2QR: Blaik previews Thame’s Trophy trip to Royston

Thame United face a difficult looking FA Trophy tie at Royston Town but assistant manager Stuart Blaik insists they are going to ‘compete and get a result’.

Stuart Blaik

After last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Peterborough Sports, Thame have been busy this week.

Last week the game was gone after the first twenty minutes but in the second half we improved. Fair play to them they deserved to win but we didn’t turn up, which was disappointing.

This week we changed things around and trained on the main pitch on Monday evening instead of Tuesday. It gave us a great opportunity to work on a number of things which we addressed from Saturday’s defeat.

This weekend we go to Royston, who will be a hard proposition. But we will go there, compete, and look to get a result.


FA Trophy 2QR: Thame face tough Trophy draw at Royston + Blaik reaction


FA Trophy 2QR: Thame face tough Trophy draw at Royston + Blaik reaction

Thame United have been drawn in the Second qualifying round of the FA Trophy to play at Royston Town.

Lynton Goss

After the 4-2 win over Bristol Manor Farm at the weekend, Monday lunchtime’s draw saw them paired with Royston Town, currently placed second in the league above; Evo-Stik South, Premier Division Central.

The tie, at the Garden Walk ground, is against a side managed by former Leyton Orient man Steve Castle.

Royston are currently behind Kettering Town in the league above United and reached this stage with a 3-0 away win at Maldon Tiptree.

Stuart Blaik

The assistant manager at The ASM Stadium, Stuart Blaik, reflected on the draw to Sports Shots;

Firstly we would have preferred a home tie!

It’s a tough draw as they are sitting in second place in the Southern Premier League.

We will be going there as the underdogs and not people won’t be expecting us to progress. We love a challenge like that, we will do our homework and go with every intention to give a good account of ourselves and let’s see what happens.

FA Trophy 1QR: Lynton Goss double sees Thame progress in the Trophy

Lynton Goss scored his first goals since his return as Thame United progress into the next round of the FA Trophy with a 4-2 win over Bristol Manor Farm today.

Lynton Goss

Goss, who rejoined from Harrow Borough, helped Mark West’s side into the next round of the draw on Monday lunchtime.

Thame took the lead in the 9th minute as Jamie Essex put the home side ahead.

Jamie Essex

Troy Simpson came off the bench for Bristol Manor Farm and had soon put his side back on level terms on 23 minutes.

Goss netted his first in the 35th minute as Thame regained a lead which lasted just two minutes. Owen Howe scoring the goal that took the two sides in level at the break.

Six minutes after the restart Harry Scott put the home side back in front before Goss fired in his second, Thame’s fourth, to help them progress into the next round.

Howe received a straight red late on for the visitors.

FA Trophy 1QR: Blaik previews Thame’s Farm Trophy test

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to host Bristol Manor Farm in the FA Trophy, first qualifying round at The ASM Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).

Stuart Blaik

Blaik believes confidence is good in the camp ahead of the game.

We’ve had a positive week, we’ve trained well and we sat down and reflected on where we are. That was a worthwhile session and it’s clear we are together as a unit.

Last week United suffered a home defeat to Kempston Rovers in the league, but this weekend creates a challenge against a side at the same level, but in a different division.

We know Bristol Manor Farm are a good side and we are prepared for them tomorrow, there will be no surprises. We have similar records in our respective divisions, even down to the goal difference, so we expect a tight game but one which we can win and progress.

There has been one in and one out at The ASM Stadium the past few days.

Marcus Mealing was released and he goes with our blessing, with no hard feelings on either side. He has gone to Marlow and already played in their midweek win. We wish him well.

We’ve moved to sign Ryan Ware from Aylesbury FC. We’ve done the deal and we are just waiting for the paperwork to clear. He cannot play tomorrow but he will come in with a good football pedigree.

Ryan Ware

Kick-off at The ASM Stadium is 3pm with United hoping to be in the hat for the draw on Monday lunchtime.

Squad: Hill, Mepham, Essex, Lynn, Scott, Sturgess, Martin, A Goss, Gledhill, Mealing, Evans, Ashworth, Jewell, Murray, L Goss, James, West, Tack.


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Thame United v Kempston Rovers

Stuart Blaik speaks after last weekend’s game –

ESS CD1: Thame assistant talks Trophy success & Kempston visit

Assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as his Thame United side prepare to host Kempston Rovers in the Evo-Stik South, Central Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Stuart Blaik

United progressed into the next round of the FA Trophy after they defeated Larkhall Athletic on Tuesday evening thanks to a Marcus Mealing free-kick after just five minutes.

Victory sees Bristol Manor Farm next up at The ASM Stadium.

Blaik told Sports Shots:

We got through the tie and into the next round, which was the aim.

To keep back-to-back clean sheets is very pleasing and you always have a good chance of progressing if you are defending well. To not concede over the two ties was good for us and builds confidence.

The first tie saw the wind play a big part in the game. We probably edged it on chances but were happy to bring them back for a replay.

We started well on Tuesday and took a very early lead thanks to Marcus Mealing’s free-kick.

We missed a penalty, hit the post and bar and we should of been out of sight.

In the second half we retracted a bit, when we should have got on the front foot again, but I felt we deserved to go through.

Thame United – Picture courtesy of Mike Snell.

This Saturday, AFC Kempston Rovers are the visitors to The ASM Stadium and Blaik is looking forward to catching up with some old friends, despite the old adage of ‘not for the 90 minutes’.

We are looking forward to playing Kempston and catching up with their management team of Jimmy Stoyles, Flinny (Gary Flinn) and Joycey (Tony Joyce).


full of praise


Kempston management team

2018/19 FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Draw

The FA Trophy first qualifying round draw was made on Monday with mixed fortunes for both our sides left in the competition.


Banbury United (step 3) face a trip to Swindon Supermarine (step 3) who play in the Southern League south league (parallel to the central league that Banbury are in).

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If Thame United (step 4) can overcome Larkhall in their replay on Tuesday, they then host Bristol Manor Farm (step 4) who play in the Southern League southern west division (parallel to southern east league that Thame are in).

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The draw in full:


1 Workington v Scarborough Athletic

2 Marine v Lancaster City

3 Warrington Town v Prescot Cables

4 Pickering Town v Droylsden or Tadcaster Albion

5 Frickley Athletic v Ramsbottom United

6 Whitby Town v Witton Albion

7 Farsley Celtic  v Brighouse Town

8 Ossett United v Clitheroe

9 South Shields v North Ferriby United

10 Hyde United v Bamber Bridge

11 Cleethorpes Town v Marske United or Atherton Collieries

12 Stalybridge Celtic v Nantwich Town

13 Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth

14 Buxton v King’s Lynn Town

15 Kettering Town v Stourbridge

16 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Ives Town

17 Belper Town or Stamford v Leek Town or Loughborough Dynamo

18 Cambridge City v Basford United

19 Carlton Town v Bedworth United

20 Newcastle Town v Chasetown

21 Mickleover Sports v Redditch United

22 St Neots Town v Matlock Town

23 Kidsgrove Athletic v Yaxley

24 Stafford Rangers v Rushall Olympic

25 Soham Town Rangers v Hednesford Town or AFC Mansfield

26 Grantham Town v Halesowen Town

27 Alvechurch v Stratford Town

28 Barwell  v Coalville Town

29 Chipstead v Berkhamsted

30 Sittingbourne v Wingate & Finchley

31 Brentwood Town v Whitstable Town

32 Hythe Town v Bishop’s Stortford

33 Molesey v Walton Casuals

34 Kingstonian v Bedford Town

35 Margate v Potters Bar Town

36 Horsham v Corinthian Casuals

37 Burgess Hill Town v Worthing

38 Dorking Wanderers v Sevenoaks Town

39 Biggleswade Town v Harrow Borough

40 Hitchin Town v Hayes & Yeading United

41 Maldon & Tiptree v Royston Town

42 Haringey Borough v Chesham United

43 Ashford Town (Middx) or Westfield v Lewes

44 Lowestoft Town v Enfield Town

45 AFC Hornchurch  v Phoenix Sports or Ramsgate

46 Kempston Rovers v Beaconsfield Town

47 Folkestone Invicta  v Leatherhead

48 Merstham v East Grinstead Town

49 Tonbridge Angels v Whyteleafe

50 Hendon v Staines Town

51 VCD Athletic v Leiston

52 Mildenhall Town v Greenwich Borough

53 Metropolitan Police v Carshalton Athletic

54 Canvey Island v Brightlingsea Regent

55 Bracknell Town v Bognor Regis Town

56 Whitehawk v Harlow Town

57 Aveley v Dunstable Town

58 Kings Langley v Needham Market

59 Herne Bay v Witham Town

60 Yate Town v Dorchester Town

61 Gosport Borough v AFC Totton or North Leigh

62 Cinderford Town v Street

63 Larkhall Athletic or Thame United v Bristol Manor Farm

64 Farnborough v Merthyr Town

65 Fleet Town v Salisbury

66 Taunton Town v Weymouth

67 Thatcham Town v Melksham Town

68 Poole Town v Frome Town

69 Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town

70 Didcot Town v Mangotsfield United

71 Basingstoke Town v Wimborne Town

72 Swindon Supermarine v Banbury United

FA Trophy PR: Thame assistant reveals returning Goss in squad for cup trip

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as they head to play Larkhall Athletic in the Preliminary Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday.

Stuart Blaik

It’s been a week of mixed fortunes for the ASM Stadium-based outfit.

It started with a narrow league defeat at Didcot Town last weekend.

Blaik told Sports Shots:

It was a very tight game with little in the way of clear cut chances. The game was play between the edge of both eighteen yard boxes.

We were disappointed to concede the penalty that eventually defeated us but I felt we were good for a point.

But, as Blaik revealed in his Football Friday interview with Sports Shots last week, United were closing in on a new signing, something they announced on their Twitter account on Wednesday.

The Thame assistant manager was more than pleased with the addition.

Lynton went to Harrow Borough with our full blessing and we wished him every success.

We are very pleased that he is back in the fold with us and he is a player that we have missed. His raw pace will see us be able to stretch teams and with the goals he scores it will add a new dimension to us.

This Saturday United head to Evo-Stik League South Division One South outfit Larkhall Athletic for a Buildbase FA Trophy encounter.

We are going with confidence and belief that we can get a result and hopefully be in the hat for Monday’s draw.

United leave their ground at 11.15am on Saturday with any supporter wishing to attend the game at Athletic’s beautifully named Plain Ham ground welcome to join the team coach.

Victory for Mark West’s side will be worth £3,000 to the club

ESS D1C: Thame assistant previews Oxon derby + new signing imminent

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as his side return to Evo Stik South Division 1 Central action tomorrow (Saturday) with a trip to Didcot Town.

Stuart Blaik

United were without a game last weekend but head to the Loop Meadow Stadium to play a Didcot side who Blaik still rates highly, despite their position seventh from bottom.

Last season they got to the play-offs and I believe they are a much stronger side than their league position suggests. It is still early in the season but they have some quality.

Thame have trained well in their enforced break and Blaik believes they are in good shape to get a result.

We’ve worked hard and know we have character in this squad of players.

Aaron Jewell misses out as he gets married, while Dan James is suspended after his red card at Coleshill Town last time out.

Aaron has his wedding while Dan is suspended but we bring in Finlay Murray, who is a very talented lad at just seventeen.

Finlay Murray

One interesting snippet Blaik revealed was that a potential new signing is expected in the door next week.

We are very hopeful that we will strengthen in the early part of next week. It’s a case of getting the paperwork sorted but there will be some positive news for the club.

Saturday is the first of two away trips as United head to Evo-Stik League South Division One South outfit Larkhall Athletic in the FA Trophy, Preliminary Round next Saturday with the bus leaving The ASM Stadium at 11.15am, travel being priced at just £10 for anyone interested.

ESS CD1: Blaik praises Thame after 10-men take late point at Coleshill

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has heaped praise on his team after they came from two goals behind at Coleshill Town to take a point with ten men.

Stuart Blaik

Blaik told Sports Shots:

We were magnificent on Saturday in terms of character. To fight back from that position and to come away with a point was incredible.

Fair play to Coleshill they were the better side in the first 45 minutes and fully deserved to go in ahead at the break.

Mark West’s side started the second half strongly, but hopes of a comeback seemed slim in the 63rd minute when Dan James was shown a red card.

After the sending off we started to improve and slowly the momentum went our way.

Thame continued to probe, and they were rewarded on 88 minutes when Liam Tack curled a shot home.

When we sensed we were getting on top and growing with confidence we went for it and the equaliser was a fair reflection.

We had a lively dressing room and mini-bus coming back!

We are without a game this weekend so we will train, and prepare for our trip to Didcot Town next Saturday.

Thame United: Hill, Mepham, Lynn, Essex, James, Martin (Ashworth), Tack, Sturgess, Clark, Gledhill (Mealing), Scott (Cullen).


ESS CD1: Blaik praises Thame attitude after defeat ahead of Coleshill trip

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has praised his side’s attitude ahead of their trip to Coleshill Town in the Evo Stik South League, Central Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Stuart Blaik

United suffered defeat against Barton Rovers last weekend but Blaik has spoken of how well his side has prepared this week.

The assistant manager told Sports Shots

We had a lot of possession last Saturday against Barton but we came away with a defeat, which was disappointing.

The boys attitude this week in training has been superb, we’ve worked hard and shown a desire to bounce back this weekend. If we can take this attitude and belief into the game then we will be a tough opposition.

We travel with a full-strength squad and we will be looking to come back with three points.

Thame are hoping to fill next Saturday’s blank week.

Next weekend’s game has been moved as Bromsgrove are in the FA Trophy so we’ve spoken to a few clubs about the possibility of a friendly which we hope to announce in due course.