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SL D1C; Thame United 2-2 North Leigh

Thame United 2-2 North Leigh

Report & images: Carl Catling

BetVictor Southern Division One Central
Tuesday 20/8/2019
Attendance 156

Thame United 2-2 North Leigh
Thame United – (Peake-Pijnen 60 and West 74)
North Leigh – (Hunte 35 and Brown 72)

Following the weekend defeat away to Bedford on opening weekend Thame needed to produce a performance. The mascots for the day were from Thame Boys U8s who did a great job to create a buzz before the game. The game also saw the fifth highest league attendance for the day of 156. Both sides also have had changes to the squad with the new players signing.

Thame ended up earning a hard earned point at home. Many thanks to GK Craig Hill who saved a penalty in the second half and produced some wonderful saves throughout the game.
An injury in the first half to Thame’s Mepham forced a change which saw Lynton Goss return to the side following his injury in pre-season.

The first goal of the match arrived on 35 minutes when a first time right footed strike by Hunte flew past Hill. North Leigh dominated the first half in the air and they were able to find space in Thame’s half.
The comeback started thanks to Peake-Pijnen on 60 minutes left footed strike from 25 yards. North Leigh continued to push forward in numbers and gained the lead again in the 72nd minutes from a corner whereby Brown was in a great position to tap the ball into the net.
A late goal by West on 74 minutes ensured Thame stole a point.
Out of the two sides Thame will be happier having to come from behind twice to seal a draw.

Figaro’s Barber Man of the Match – Matt Peake-Pijnen for his Messi like goal and multiple important tackles.

Saturday 24/8/2019
Thame United v Leighton Town
Kick Off 15:00

SL D1C; Bedford Town 2-1 Thame United

Bedford Town 2 – 1 Thame United

Former Aylesbury United striker Tre Mitford scored late winner

Report & video: Carl Catling

BEDFORD 2 (Dan Walker 28, Tre Mitford 84)
THAME 1 (Duran Martin 38)

The season opener for Thame got off to a good start in terms of performance. Martin equalised for Thame with a diving header into the net on 38 mins. Martin had a further half chance later in the game when he fired a shot from distance which could only be parried towards Dan West who could not react in time to put the ball into the net.
It was a late goal for Bedford’s Tre Mitford which sealed the points for the home side.
Thame will follow this game at the ASM Stadium on Tuesday evening v North Leigh.

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Match highlights available here:

SL; Bedford Town v Thame United match preview + 1st team coach Ben Johnson’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 17th August 2019
Bedford Town v Thame United
Southern League Division One Central
New Eyrie
MK44 3LW
K.O. 3.00pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central

Thame United 8th

Bedford Town 4th


This game last season:

30th March 2019

Bedford Town 3 (Dan Walker x 2, Leon Lobjoit)

Thame United 1 (Matt Peake-Pijnen)


Last four games:

Thame United:

D 1-1 away v Cambridge City 27th April SL

D 0-0 home v Kidlington 22nd April SL

L 2-1 away v Yaxley 20th April SL

W 2-1 home v Berkhamsted 13th April SL


Bedford Town:

L 5-3 away v Corby Town 1st May SL P/O Semi-Final

W 2-3 away v Coleshill Town 27th April SL

W 4-1 home v AFC Dunstable 22nd April SL

W 0-3 away v Welwyn Garden City 20th April SL


Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Thame United first team coach Ben Johnson to ask how much time he managed away from the game during the summer to relax and forget football:

You can never forget the game, ha-ha! I was very privileged to get away to Ibiza for two weeks with the family to try and chill out, but I find it very hard to switch off as the phone still never stops

When did pre-season training begin, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We as a management team got together just after last season finished and managed to take some time to reflect. For us as a club last season was a massive achievement but we felt, like always, there were areas we needed to improve on and one of them was to get fitter as a squad. So we decided to start a week or so earlier than normal, on Tuesday twenty-fifth of June. In the early sessions we were very impressed with numbers, especially new faces, and the commitment during some very hard running sessions was excellent, and we have continued to keep high standards throughout

How has it been signing on players, and have they lost many that have depleted your plans?

We had a list of targets that we wanted to approach in the pre-season, and we have been very lucky to obtain most of our targets. But like every year unfortunately have missed out on some

How have pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

We always try to have a good mix of fixtures & I thought we stood up very well to the higher league opposition, playing so well against Oxford United in front of eight hundred & fifty fans at the ASM was a highlight for me. But on the other hand when lads needed to be professional against lower league opposition they performed very well and scored some great, well worked goals

Thame United FC 2019/20

Do United still have players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

We are all signed on and the squad is ready to rock & roll. However the phone is always on so never say never

First game of the season this Saturday, have you got much info do they have on the opponents?

We travel to Bedford for our first fixture, we have seen them add plenty of new lads to their ranks and are always a very strong team. You will definitely see them up the top come the end of the season, but we are always well prepared on all of our opposition

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

We will be looking for maximum points, with strong, well organised, hard-working performances

Finally, we asked Ben if there are there any games this season they are in particular looking forward to:

It’s always nice to come up against new opposition, but we always enjoy playing against the local teams and getting a few numbers through the gate at the ASM

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

SL; Thame United add duo ahead of season kick-off next Saturday


Some great news this weekend over in Thame, Oxfordshire ….

With 6 days until the first league game of the season.
Thame United have clinched the double signing of –
Defender – Nathan Simms (pictured left)
Midfielder – Connor Harris (pictured right)

The boys have been warmly welcomed to Thame by the manager and coaching team. Nathan and Connor have spent the last few weeks training with Thame in pre-season which has made it even more pleasing that they want to make the ASM Stadium home.

Mepham & West give Thame away victory

*** FT Result – Uxbridge 1-2 Thame United ***

Uxbridge 1 (#14 pen 73)
Thame United (Mepham 1, West 38)

Harry Mepham

It was a windy afternoon at the Honeycroft in Uxbridge.

It ended with some tired bodies out there at the conclusion of this one.

Thame secured a win in their final pre-season game ahead of the league opener next Saturday as way at Beford Town.

Thame opened the scoring within the first minute when West flighted a ball over the defence onto Mepham on the left who brought the ball down before firing it into the top of the net.

Thame then defended deep and struggled to create chances and were often found offside when attacking.
In the 38th minute centre back Mapley stopped a one on one opportunity with a sublime diving tackle. From this turnover in possession Thame were able to get the ball upfield to West who calmly netted the ball to make it 0-2.

Dan West

In the second half Murray was adjudged to impede the attacker with his hands. This led to a penalty which was placed to the left side of Hill.

It was a great day for Thame #1 Hill who proved the difference in this one with first class saves time and time again.

As always there is always room for improvement but to finish with another win and continue the unbeaten run will give the side confidence.

PSF; Thatcham Town 2-2 Thame United

Thatcham Town – 2
Thame United – 2

Report & images: Carl Catling

The unbeaten run continues….

A well-deserved result, a great run out for both teams, with some cracking goals in this one!

There was a good crowd in attendance at the Waterside Park for this pre-season friendly, Thame played the majority of the game with ten men when the referee gave a red card to Thame keeper Craig Hill for a handball. Thame were made to dig deep in the second half and the players worked extremely hard to come out of this game with a positive result.

Goals for Thame –

23 mins – Alabi with a classy touch to lift the ball over the goalkeeper onto the crossbar and in.

26 mins – West scores a worldy! Half volley and into the net following a great tackle by Ashworth to win the ball.

Starting Line Up –

Hill, Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Mapley, Alabi, Sturgess, Ashworth, Hackett, West and Martin




Next Game –

Away to Uxbridge

Saturday 10/8/2019

KO 15:00

PSF; Thame United 2-1 Beaconsfield Town

Thame United 2
Beaconsfield Town 1

Thame new signing Greg Hackett with manager Mark West

Thame United completed their home pre-season campaign with victory over Southern League Premier side Beaconsfield Town on Saturday at the ASM Stadium.

Dan West & recent new signing Greg Hackett were on target for United as they beat the side from a level above.

Match highlights available here:

Thame face three more pre-season friendlies all on the road before their season commences on Saturday 17th August at Bedford Town:

Tuesday 30th July away v Risborough Rangers

Tuesday 6th August away v Thatcham Town

Saturday 10th August away v Uxbridge

PSF; Penn & Tylers Green 2-5 Thame United

*** PRE SEASON – FT Result – Penn 2 – 5 Thame United  ***

Dan West

Report: Carl Catling

Thame United made to work hard not just in the heat but Penn put in a solid second half performance.

Thame will be happy with another pre-season win. Although there were 5 goals on the scoresheet there is still room to improve ahead of the league opener on August 17th.

Starting Line Up – Hill, Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Murray, Alabi, Mepham, Sturgess (c), Ashworth, Martin and West

Thame goals –

14’ Mepham

32’ Essex

45’ West

70’ West

86’ Gledhill

Next up:

PSF; Thame United v Beaconsfield Town

Saturday 27/7/2019

Kick off 15:00

ASM Stadium

Admission Prices

Adults £5

Concessions £2

Children £1

Postcode: OX9 3RN

Thame United FC nominated for 2 awards by Oxfordshire FA

Thame United FC have been nominated for two separate awards by the Oxfordshire FA. A statement released by the club explains all:

We have the most amazing news to share with you. Our very own Carl ‘Carlos’ Catling and John ‘Geordie’ Tuddenham will be representing Thame United and the whole of the Thame Football Partnership at the 2019 Oxfordshire FA Awards Evening which will take place at the Kassam Stadium on Friday 13/9/2019. It is unprecedented for the Partnership to have two people nominated for an award which highlights the high level of achievement and the high regard for which the Partnership is held in the local community and beyond.

Carl has been nominated in the category of ‘VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR’

John has been nominated in the category of ‘GROUNDSMAN OF THE YEAR’

Chairmen of the Senior and Junior Section within the Partnership, Jake Collinge and Richard Carr, said ‘We are extremely proud that John and Carl have been nominated and will be flying the flag for the Thame Football Partnership at the awards. We know that they are both in a state of shock but that they would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who took the time to nominate them for an award. This is a community club with some of the best pitches and facilities, and one of the best set of players and coaches at youth and senior level, in the whole County. There are so many outstanding people at the Partnership who spend many hours each week to support young people play football and our senior players compete at the highest level possible, and the nomination of John and Carl is recognition of this’.

It is also an opportune time to thank all the sponsors and media partners who are part of the journey with the Partnership together with all the supporters and parents who give up and extraordinary amount of time for the Partnership.

Massive thank you also to Timberwise who have been a great supporter of Thame Football and been very flexible with Geordies work schedule

Sports Shots wishes both nominees the very best of luck on the night.

PSF; Thame United 1-2 Oxford City

Report & images: Carl Catling


*** FT Result – Thame United 1 – 2 Oxford City ***


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Attendance – 232

Tuesday 16/7/2019


Goals –

Thame (West 7)

Oxford City (Rowe 3, Fleet 85)


The pre-season schedule continued at the ASM Stadium on Tuesday evening with Vanarama National League South side Oxford City making the short journey to Thame. This was also another great home attendance for the Red Kites for a mid-week pre-season game.


A real feature to the match was having Thame Girls U10s and U12s present as mascots.


The deadlock was broken by a superb strike by Rowe 20 yards out which flew past the Thame GK.


Thame found a goal of their own with a weighted ball over the top by Tutton which was knocked down by West towards Goss. Goss managed to hit a half volley firmly on target towards King who could only push the ball away, West gambled on the ball and was able to tap the ball into the net.


This was a highly physical encounter for a mid-July game, Thame suffered a setback to Lynton Goss with a suspected hip injury.

The winner arrived in the 85th minute with a rare mistake by Thame’s Hill in goal, which led to him being tackled in possession resulting in a pass into the net by Fleet.