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FA Cup PR; Leighton Town 2-1 Thame United

Leighton Town 2-1 Thame United

Report & images: Carl Catling

Tuesday 3/9/2019

Attendance – 212


Leighton Town Goals –

McCelland 12 Mins

Frederick pen 36 Mins


Thame United Goals –

Mapley 84 Mins (who had his penalty saved but headed the ball in afterwards)


The tie attracted a good size crowd at Bell Close which provided a great FA Cup atmosphere.

Congratulations to Leighton Town who progress to the next round of the FA Cup & face a long journey to Lowestoft on Saturday.

This will be a tough one to take for Thame as the final chances in the last fifteen minutes just would not go Thame’s way.

Sadly early errors in the first half made it extremely difficult for Thame to earn an away win or even take the game to extra time.

Thame will now have a week and a half break before the next fixture.

SL D1C; Thame United 1-2 Bedworth United

Thame United 1 (Andy Gledhill 80)
Bedworth United 2 (Khallem Bailey-Nicholls 15 and Alexander Troke 73)

Report & images: Carl Catling

Attendance – 77

Sadly a comeback was not meant to be, a spirited second half performance was too late in this one, Thame will rue the missed chances near the end.

Bedworth’s Bailey-Nicholls dominated the first half and scored the opening goal following a mistake by Murray, he was able to dribble towards goal and put the ball past Hill.

Thame’s Lynn was adjudged to have fouled in the box. The resulting penalty by Troke was put to the left of Hill. Thame scored a late goal whereby Crane parried the ball from an Essex shot into the path of Gledhill.

Thame will need to pick themselves up quickly as there is a FA Cup replay away to Leighton Town on Tuesday evening.

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Pre match catch up with Jamie Essex:

SL D1C; Kidlington 3-0 Thame United

Kidlington 3 (Howards 5, 60 and Jordan 70)
Thame United 0


Report & images: Carl Catling

BetVictor Southern Division One Central

Monday 26/4/2019

It was a scorching bank holiday at Yarnton Road, Kidlington dominated this one from the get go with the first goal after five minutes when Leam Howards shot hit the post and went in. Kidlington did control the first thirty minutes before Thame were able to put some chances together of their own but with no goal coming.

Thame did have five players out due to injury and did struggle to match Kidlington who showed great hunger to record their first league win of the season.

Thame will be hoping to recover quickly from today’s game with the next fixture being at home on Saturday 31/8/2019 v Bedworth United.

Man of the Match – Leam Howards for dictating play and his two class goals.

Match highlights:

Next up:

FAC P; Thame United 3-3 Leighton Town

*** FA CUP FT Score – Thame Utd 3-3 Leighton Town ***

Report & images: Carl Catling


Saturday 24/8/2019

ASM Stadium

Attendance 101


Thame United (Gledhill 35, 61, 78)

Leighton Town (Campbell 17, Murrell 34, Webb 77)


This was a hard earned draw in the end and was a game full of drama. The first half was edged by the away side but Thame came from behind 3 times in this one.

Both sides remain in the hat for the First Qualifying Round.

The replay between the two sides will be Tuesday 3rd September.

Man of the Match – Andy Gledhill who come off the bench to get Thame back into the game and net a hat trick!

Video Interview with Man of the Match and Hat Trick Hero Andy Gledhill:

Match highlights:

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