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SL D1C; Thame United 4-1 Aylesbury FC

THAME UNITED 4 (WEST 10, 48, 64 AND GOSS 44)

Saturday 6/4/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 213

Weather – 10 Celsius, Dry and Sunny

Report and Photos by Carl Catling



Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Martin

Subs used – Mepham and Evans

Aylesbury FC – Bennion (gk), Jenkins (cpt), Carby, Stevens, Merridan, Feyi, Young, Touleda, Haule, Deacon and Scott

Subs used – Odusoga Amadieu and Brito

Both sides went into this game with some hope of ending the season on a high. The whole season is now dependant in the final four games remaining. Today’s fixture did see a family atmosphere hit eh ASM Stadium with red Kite Radio broadcasting from the game, Thame Youth and Thame sponsors in attendance.

There was a slight delay to kick off due to a moments silence for the passing of old Thame United Chairman Jim Tite. As soon as the game started Thame were pressing all over the field allowing Aylesbury no time on the ball. Thame also showed their determination in their tackles early on notably by Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Sturgess and Ashworth. Thame were awarded a free kick which was taken by Tack which did go over the bar. Then the first goal came in the 10th minute when a mistake at the back meant a cross to West in the box was neatly controlled before going round Bennion for an easy tap in to make it 1-0. Aylesbury did claim for offside but the goal was awarded. The attacking play continued from Thame and a weighted pass by Ashworth found Goss in space on the left wing who came infield to attempt a curled shot which narrowly went high and wide. There was then a period of little chances and both teams turning possession over but Thame remained in control of the game. Aylesbury’s first chance came whereby a cross from the left found Haule in the box who managed to get in front of the defender but could not head the ball into the net, this was a real missed opportunity for Aylesbury. Aylesbury not long after produced a through ball towards goal but Hill anticipated it and closed the forward down making the chipped shot difficult and could not hit the target. Aylesbury continued to attack down their right flank putting Lynn under a spell of real pressure. Thame’s centre backs of Essex and Jewell were battling hard and were winning the battle against Haule and Deacon. In comparison West and Goss were working hard to find space up top and wide in order for play to be in Aylesbury’s half and allow the side to defend higher up the field. Thame’s Tack had a positive first half with multiple touches and multiple tackles to help his side maintain control. Also in the first half Sturgess and Ashworth were working well in tandem to aid the team both in attack and defence. A moment in lack of concentration meant Martin was able to find space 30 yards out and hit a half volley 30 yards out which rattled the bar but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line much to Aylesbury’s relief. Thame ended the half with their second goal which was much deserved by Goss who as always is clinical inside the box from any distance albeit this one was a tap in from 2 yards out.

HT Score – Thame United 2 – 0 Aylesbury FC

The second half was very much of the same early on with Thame firmly in control of possession and territory. It did not take long for Thame to score again and this time Goss was the provider for West who was able to head the ball firmly pass the goalie to make it 3-0 and surely give the home side the win. This goal was another indication of great link up play between Goss and West throughout the match. There was a delay in the second half when Sturgess require medical treatment for a possible knock to the head which did then have an effect on the pace of play after. In the 64th minute Thame had a free kick given when there was a crunching late tackle on Goss. Goss was able to get up and take the free kick himself and hit the ball towards West who flicked the ball into the net giving him his hat trick on the day. Aylesbury made three changes in the second half in search of goals and did begin to play at a faster tempo late on. Thame were continuing to counteract this by their work rate and winning tackles all over the field. In the last 20 minutes despite the scoreline the game was very much end to end. Aylesbury did find a consolation goal in the 85th minute when a free kick was struck by left footed Brito which smashed the post and went in leaving Hill unable to move to make it 4-1.

FT Score – Thame United 4 – 1 Aylesbury FC

This was a physical game from both sides and a sublime team performance by the home team. This was a huge home win for Thame United who got back to winning ways and climb to 8th in the table. Thame now remain 3 points behind Didcot Town. Aylesbury remain in the relegation zone in 19th place.

*** MAN OF THE MATCH – Sponsored by Figaro’s Barber in Thame ***

This was decided by ASM Auto RecyclingDirector Paul McDonagh. Paul decided to pick hat trick hero Thame United’s #10 Dan West who was a constant threat in attack and proved to be dangerous inside the box.

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Thame United v Berkhamstead FC

Saturday 13/4/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

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SL D1C; Thame defender hoping his squad’s only way is play-offs

Saturday 30th March 2019
Bedford Town v Thame United
Southern League Division One Central
New Eyrie
K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United travel to Bedford Town on Saturday firmly entrenched in a battle for the Southern Football League Division One Central play-off places, just a single point separates these two sides so with the winners possibly being propelled up into those end of season lottery positions come five o’clock on Saturday, the stakes could not be higher. Thame have stuttered of late with just a solitary win from their last five fixtures, including successive home defeats in the last seven days, which has seen them slip down to ninth position but only three points off the play-off positions, but after Saturday four of their five remaining games are against teams below them in the league, so their destiny is still in their own hands. Bedford were soundly beaten on Tuesday night at home by Berkhamsted but have still won four of their last six outings, both teams are keen to keep their individual seasons going for as long as possible……

Jamie Essex

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Jamie Essex to ask how long he’s been at the club, how it all came about and how well he’s settled in:

I’ve been at the club for two years now, Blaiky (Stuart Blaik) gave me a call one day whilst I was at Flackwell Heath and convinced me to come down to meet the boys & the gaffer, I’ve not really looked back since then. I was made to feel welcome and part of the team from the beginning so settling in was no issue, everyone involved with the football club makes you feel like you’re a part of something and feeling that is great

How good has his season been so far in terms of fitness, availability & contribution?

Fitness has never been a strong point in my game, but since being here it’s definitely improved, I think I’ve only missed three of four games this year as I was on holiday. I’d like to think my contribution to the squad has been strong, I’ve played every game I’ve been available and remained injury free touch wood, so for me personally it’s been a good year for me so far

How good is the Thame squad this season, and have any players stood out?

Our squad is fantastic, we’re a small tight nit group that on our day can do some great things on the pitch. In terms of players it’s hard to pick individuals because everyone has different attributes that make the team work, if I’m naming people, Craig Hill our keeper for me is the best in the league and the team are very lucky to have kept hold of him. Obviously as everyone knows the two boys up top Westy (Dan) & Lynton (Goss) on their day can be an absolute dream to have in any team

What is Jamie’s preferred position in the side is, and what formation does he feel best suits?

Before joining Thame, I was a number ten and enjoyed scoring goals, since I’ve come here that couldn’t have changed anymore as I now play centre half. Formations are pretty standard with us as we always play a back four, but the team I think play best when we are compact as a four-four-one-one

The last three games for Thame have seen a win at Barton followed by successive home defeats to Coleshill & Peterborough Sports, how were these games?

To be honest it’s the story of our season, complete inconsistency, the ability to produce a performance then dip like we did against Coleshill! We are a team that needs to work hard to get any reward and we just didn’t against them, it was a shame because it’s not like us, the game against Peterborough was to be honest disappointing, and all the boys walked off deflated and that’s because we should have got something out the game, we had our chances and went toe to toe with the team who for me will win the league. We deserved a point at least for me and that can be hard to take when you work so hard and come away with nothing

Away to Bedford this week, Thame beat them back in December, what are they expecting this time round?

This was one of the games this season I missed, so I’m looking forward to travelling over there and hopefully we replicate the effort and performance from Tuesday night and the result will come with it this time. From what I remember of Bedford last year, they are a strong direct side and it will be tough for us, like any game in this league, saying that we know we can go there and walk away with three points if we produce the performance levels of Tuesday night

With the play-offs still in sight, how much does the squad want that spot and how disappointing would it be if they missed out?

I don’t like to talk about play offs, we’ve got six games and we need to approach them one by one; the league is tight and a number of teams can take that last spot or two. As a team we just want to do ourselves justice and produce performances that we are happy with and not let ourselves down sat there at the end of April, but what will be will be. I think I read that Bromsgrove or Peterborough are guaranteed a home tie if they are in the play offs and not league champions, so they won’t be easy places for anyone to go especially Bromsgrove in front of over a thousand supporters. Of course not achieving what could have been would be disappointing, but it will also be a learning curve for our young team, that consistency is what gets you things such as the play offs. That being said at the beginning of season if someone told us we’d be in the play-off chase going into April, one hundred percent we’d have taken that so credit to us

Finally we asked Jamie is he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I wish Phoenix Nights was still on tv, I’d love for Arron Jewell to take over from Paddy as the bouncer of the Phoenix Club. Going from his outfit choice on our night out I reckon he’d be the perfect man for the job!

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

SL D1C; Thame United 0-1 Peterborough Sports


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Tuesday 26/3/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 81

Weather – 9 Celsius, Dry

Report by Carl Catling

Photos by Marc Addison



Thame United – Hill (gk), Mepham, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade

Subs used – Peake-Pijnen

Peterborough Sports – Moat (gk), Griffiths, Herd, Malone, Jones (cpt), Lawlok, Sembie-Ferris, McCammon, Jones, Hilliard, Macleod

Subs used – Vieira

Both sides went into this game with continued hope of promotion. Peterborough continue on a tremendous winning run, where as Thame are continue to fight for each point to battle the sides around them in the table.

*** MATCH STATS ***-

Shots on Target – Thame United 1 – 3 Peterborough Sports

Corners – Thame United 3 – 4 Peterborough Sports

Yellow – Thame United 1 – 1 Peterborough Sports

The importance of this fixture could be felt in the crowd and during the pre-game warm ups. Thame survived injury scares to Hill and West who both did start the match.

The first chance in the match came around quickly when Peterborough’s Jones had half a chance to score but a low drilled shot went past Hill’s left hand post. Peterborough continued to have the brighter start in possession in the first ten minutes. Thame resorted to closing the opposition down earlier and more often in an attempt to get back into the game. This lead to Thame dominating play and Peterborough did not have as much time on the ball and were being left frustrated. Thame’s Goss and Lynn were proving to be exceptional on the left wing both in defence and attack.

Tack made a chance out of nothing when in possession, whereby he manged to dribble towards goal and fire a shot which did go over the bar. Lynn prevented a goal scoring opportunity when a diagonal ball into the box towards Malone meant the challenge in the air was enough to put Malone off heading it into the net. Peterborough continued to create chances when a set piece led to an easy header for Malone from a corner which was headed over the bar. Peterborough made a change in tactics as they now started to play the ball wider where possible but Thame’s body language and communication on the pitch remained positive. Thame’s Goss was having to work extremely hard up the top on his own making sure that the Peterborough defence were put under pressure. Goss did excellent work in holding up the ball in order to get team mates further forward. An example of this was Thame’s Fasanmade started to exert his quality and was able to get onto the ball more and make runs at the defence of his own. Thame did nearly find the first goal when a free kick from Goss did reach the leaping Essex who could only head the ball over the ball. This was followed up by a great cross by Peterborough’s Griffiths which was anticipated by Mepham to flick the ball away for a corner and preventing the player behind getting onto it. Before the end of the half a through ball to West meant he was one on one with Moat, the goalie made a great move to prevent West dribbling round him for an easy finish. A foul just before half time lead to Peterborough pushing numbers into the box whereby Hilliard’s free kick was brilliantly weighted for Malone to jump up and head the ball in to give Peterborough the lead on 43 minutes.

HT SCORE – Thame United 0 – 1 Peterborough Sports

Peterborough started the second half with a different approach and begun to stretch play and were passing side to side in the early stages. The second half proved to be a very tactical game early on and both sides were finding it difficult to break the other side down to create clear chances. Peterborough were happy with the game being stop/start in order to slow play down. Peterborough nearly extended the lead when from the right wing a cross came into the box but it failed to reach any of the 3 supporting players. Thame’s hopes did rely on the play of Goss who was continuing to win the first and second ball but link up play was difficult for Thame. Neither goalie had to do much so far but Hill was forced into a save when McCammon passed to Sembie-Ferris on the left who put in a cross which led to a comfortable stop by Hill. Thame’s wingers had to work extremely hard off the ball and Fasanmade continued to impress with his workrate chasing down balls. Thame’s tactic of playing direct towards Goss In search of a goal was proving difficult due to two defenders being around him all the time. Thame were awarded a corner late on from the left which when put into the box was cleared but found Lynn 30 yards out who drilled a low shot which required concentration by Peterborough goalie Moat. Thame did make a change bringing on Peake-Pijnen to play on the left who did create a great run of his own which led to his cross proving to be dangerous resulting in a last ditch clearance to prevent a tap in near the back post. Peterborough tried to avoid dropping deeper and began to push the defensive line further afield. The game was very much end to end in the last 5 minutes but with no shots on target. Peterborough were able to see out the closing minutes and secure the win in at the ASM Stadium.

Peterborough Sports will be relieved to come away with 3 points as Thame proved to be a real challenge for them. The win means Peterborough climb back up to top spot with a game in hand. Thame now remain in 9th place and with 6 games to go will need to secure victories home and away if they are to clinch 5th position.

FT Score – Thame United 0 – 1 Peterborough Sports


*** Man of the Match Award Sponsored byFigaro’s Barber in Thame ***

This was awarded to Thame left back David Lynn who was a threat going forward, multiple dangerous crosses, great positional play and multiple important tackles and headers throughout the game.



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Bedford Town v Thame United

Saturday 30/3/19


The Eyrie, Bedford

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ESS D1C: Thame face tough test as Peterborough Sports visit + Coleshill match report

Thame United will host high-flying Peterborough Sports tonight (Tuesday).

United will be looking to bounce back after Saturday’s defeat.



COLESHILL TOWN 2 (Mclesworth 9, Nordat 75)

Saturday 23/3/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 85

Weather – 13 Celsius, Dry and Sunny

Report by Carl Catling

Photos by Marc Addison


Thame United – Hill (gk), Mepham, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Tutton, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade

Subs used – Peake-Pijnen, Martin and Ashworth

Coleshill Town – Hathaway (gk), Webb, Cole, Jackson, Clark, Smith, Mclesworth, Halsall (cpt), Nordat, Leek, Washburne

Subs used – Hendrie, Dainty and Sandhu

Both sides went into this game with some form in their last few games. The whole season is now dependant in the final few games remaining. Today’s fixture did see Member of Parliament for Henley Mr John Howell who did greet the players and staff of Thame United prior to kick off.

*** MATCH STATS ***-

Shots on Target – Thame United 5 – 5 Coleshill Town

Corners – Thame United 4 – 1 Coleshill Town

Penalties – Thame United 1 – 0 Coleshill Town

HT Score – Thame United 0 – 1 Coleshill Town

Coleshill showed their tactic from the kick off whereby they were very physical all over the field including attack and the first shot of the game fell to the away side who shot over the bar. Thame’s Lynn and Sturgess both had to make strong challenges to exert control early on. The early states were scrappy with the ball going direct box to box from both sides. A defensive error by Thame game Coleshill the breakthrough whereby Mclesworth in possession inside the box was able to dribble past Hill for an easy to tap in to give Coleshill an early lead.

Thame United responded by pushing players forward and playing with a higher defensive line led by Gledhill and Essex in an attempt to force Coleshill back into their own half. Both teams continued to play fast, and attempting to play the ball behind the defense. The ball was being turned over in possession by both sides whether this be goal kicks or throw ins. Thame nearly equalised when a 40 yard free kick was hammered in by Lynn but the header on the end of it was unsuccessful and went wide. Lynn was able to put in another cross which this time was not dealt with first time round and there was a moment of panic from the defense and perhaps a missed opportunity for Thame.

Thame United continued putting pressure and Sturgess inside the box attempted to flick the ball over his head with his back to goal which hit the defender and then bounced towards Goss who could only half connect with the shot into the hands of Hathaway. There was then a long delay in play when Washburne went down injured and required medical treatment. An excellent moment by Tack saw him dribble down midfield found West who had his shot blocked. Coleshill were appearing worried at the back. Later in the half Fasanmade showed great strength to win a tackle, get quickly getting up off the turf to drive the ball towards goal and hit an amazing strike 25 yards out which narrowly went wide. Thame’s teamwork was proving to be successful and Coleshill counter acted by dropping deeper as a side to absorb pressure. Coleshill changed strategy by playing on the counter attack and when in possession they broke forward quickly but were often caught offside. Thame’s West was struggling up the top to find space as he was often marked by 2 players. In injury time there was real drama when a run towards goal by Tack saw him brought down and a penalty awarded much to the dismay of Coleshill Town. Thame’s captain stepped up to take the penalty but it was saved and parried back out and with the follow up Sturgess shot the ball back into the hands of Hathaway who showed great concentration.

FT Score – Thame United 0 – 2 Coleshill Town

There was a change of tempo early on and both sides were able to find space in attack but with no end product. Tack made another surging move with the ball down the left wing who fired a shot which was blocked and went out for a corner kick. The following corner was put in and a scuffed shot by Fasanmade was able to be cleared away from danger.

Thame’s Mepham was able to find Fasanmade down the right wing who cut inside the defender and was able to get a shot away on his left foot which sadly for Thame flew over the bar.

Coleshill Town then produced their best attack of the match when Webb drove forward with the ball from defence into midfield, passed forward towards Mclesworth who crossed the ball before a shot was saved by Thame’s Hill but led to a follow up shot which Hill was able to deal with again. This was an important double save by Hill to keep Thame in the game. Thame were awarded another free kick and this time Essex leapt up high but narrowly headed the ball past the upright. Coleshill responded by a chance of their own when a cross from Webb was headed wide by Halsall who was able to find space inside the box. Another corner kick from Tack found the head of Essex again which had to be cleared off the line by the defence and no goal was awarded by the linesman. Thame came close again to that equaliser when a cross from the right reached West who rattled the cross bar much to Hathaway’s relief in goal. The chances kept coming for both sides and this time a cross for Coleshill Town from Webb was headed over the bar by Smith. The game then began to go flat which frustrated Thame captain Sturgess. The game was put to bed when Nordat in possession 25 yards out was able to fire a beautiful left footed shot into the top corner of the net giving Hill no chance. The lead was nearly extended when a cross from the right hand side hit the top of the net much to Hill’s relief. Thame ended the half by throwing bodies forward in hope for a goal but failed to create a clear cut chance. Coleshill were able to slow the game down and finish the half comfortably for a huge win in Thame.

This was a scrappy and physical game. Thame United may have injury scares to players such as goalkeeper Hill going into the next game. This was a huge away win for Coleshill Town who climb to 7th in the table. Thame United however now drop back to 9thbut are a close 2 points behind the final playoff place of 5th which is now held by Sutton Coldfield.

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Thame United v Peterborough Sports

Tuesday 26/3/19


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SL D1C; Barton Rovers 2-4 Thame United

BARTON ROVERS 2 (Clayton 14,  Osobu 57)
THAME UNITED 4 (Goss 23, Gledhill 36, West 51, Tack 65)

Saturday 16/3/19
Sharpenhoe Road, Barton
Weather – 13 Celsius, Windy

Report & images by Carl Catling

Barton Rovers – Malone (gk), Goodman, Jones, Bailey, Andrews (cpt), Close, Osobu, Spence, Clayton, Phillips, Williams
Subs used – Hartley, Gibson
Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Tutton, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade
Subs used – Martin, Carter


*** MATCH STATS ***-
Shots on Target – Barton Rovers 5 –  8 Thame United
Corners – Barton Rovers  2 –  4 Thame United
Yellow cards – Barton Rovers  0 –  1 Thame United

Today saw a return to the starting line up for Thame’s Dan West. Also due to injury Peake-Pijnen was handed a starting position at right back showing his versatility within the side. Both sides were surprised by the strong winds at Sharpenhoe Road and knew they would face a difficult day ahead.
In the first 6 minutes of the game both sides had equal amounts of possession. Ten minutes into the match West held the ball up before passing wide to Fasanmade who was able to put in a left footed cross with venom which was neither attacked or defended which went out of play. At this time Barton appeared nervous at the back and unsure how to cope with the runs and pace of Fasanmade.
It took a while but Barton did create a move when a long ball towards Osobu on the left allowed him to run at the defence before squaring a pass towards Clayton which did deflect up into the air. Thame’s Hill was grounded which resulted in an easy tap in for Barton’s number nine Clayton. Barton then shortly after had a goal disallowed for offside in a period of play when Thame were dropping deeper even with Goss having to support defensively in midfield. Thame continued to search for a way back into the game, and Peake-Pijnen nearly brought the away side back level when a left footed strike from distance went over the bar.
Thame were nearly awarded a penalty but the appeal was rejected when it appeared Andrews had handballed inside his own penalty box. Despite no penalty Thame got hold of possession from a clearance and passed towards Goss inside the box, who turned with the ball and fired a shot away quickly which went underneath Malone to make it 1-1. Barton followed this by Clayton being one on one with Essex. Clayton managed to go past Essex before Hill forced Clayton to dribble the ball wide of him before getting a shot away which hit the outside of the post and wide. Barton had began to try and play on the counter and break forward in numbers when possible to put pressure on the Thame defence. Towards the end of the half Tack put in a dangerous corner which was not dealt with resulting in the ball bouncing up into the air and a firm header by Gledhill hit a defender but crossed the line to give Thame the lead for the first time in the game. It should be noted that Thame’s Peake-Pijnen had a great first half at right back with his positional play and decisions made. Barton ended the half playing at a higher tempo and finding space off the ball. West nearly extended the lead when  his run off the ball meant he was one on one with the goalkeeper and attempted to lift the ball over Malone but failed to do so. The first half was a story of equal chances but Thame being more efficient with their end product inside the box.

HT Score – Barton Rovers 1 – 2 Thame United

It was a slow start for the first five minutes, before West had another opportunity to loft the ball over Malone but was unable to score. Although West missed chances with his feet, he was able to head the ball onto the bar and in by leaping above the defender from Fasanmade’s corner from the right to make it 1-3. It took a decision from the linesman to award the goal. The Thame side were jubilant on the pitch. Thame nearly extended their lead when a superbly weighted long ball by Lynn up the left flank reached West who dribbled infield before passing square to a running Tutton who hit the ball wide before it was eventually cleared. Barton then had a period of putting in multiple crosses but time and time again no one could get on the end of them much to the Dugouts frustration. An excellent run on the right by Williams led to him switching play left to Osobu who hit the ball firmly past Hill to give Barton hope in the game. Thame’s captain Sturgess could be heard passing on words to his players to ‘concentrate and relax’. Barton’s Clayton found space on the right and a diagonal ball to him was hit wide of the post with Thame’s Hill watching the ball go wide. The match was sealed for Thame when Tack’s sublime second half display led to his shot from 30 years being deflected and lobbing the goal keeper to make it 2-4 on the day to Thame. The goal gave the Thame side confidence and an increase in their work rate off the ball in order to see off Barton Rovers. There was a late scare for Thame when West went into a 50/50 challenge and came off worse. This led to a large stoppage in play but West appeared to run it off and continue. In the last 15 minutes Barton were attempting to play the ball behind the defenders but with not much joy following Clayton being substituted. Thame were able to slow play down in the final few minutes and manage the game until the final whistle.

FT Score – Barton Rovers 2 – 4 Thame United

The result ended a brilliant week for Thame United. As three points proved invaluable in the playoff picture. Thame move up to fifth in the table due to results elsewhere in the division going in Thame’s favour. It has to be said that Thame showed great determination and team work for this away win. Barton will be disappointed to not have taken early chances in the first half which made the defeat a tough one to take.

*** NEXT GAME ***
Thame United v Coleshill Town
Saturday 23/3/19
ASM Stadium, Thame

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SL D1C; Thame United 1-1 Corby Town

(GOSS 26)
(ANTON 86)

EVO-STIK Southern Division One Central
Saturday 9th March 2019 @ The ASM STADIUM

Attendance – 129
Weather – 12 Celsius and windy

Report By Carl Catling

This fixture would give both sides a great opportunity to keep themselves in the playoff hunt come the end of April. Thame United went into this game 5th in the table whereas Corby were flying third with 61 points and with one of the top scorers in the division with Elliot Sandy on 24 league goals.

Thame United FC – Hill (GK), Mepham, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Ashworth, Martin, Sturgess (Capt), Goss, Fasanmade and Tack
Subs used – Peake-Pijnen, West and Murray

Corby Town FC – George (gk), Anton, Warburton, Carta, Gordon, Mulligan (Capt), Newell, Kennedy, Sandy, Diggin and Francis
Subs used – Crawford and Furtnam-Tomlinson

*** KEY STATS ***
Shots on target –  Thame 4 – 8 Corby
Corners – Thame 6 – 8 Corby
Yellow Cards – Thame 1 – 0 Ardley

*** FIRST HALF ***
HT Score –  THAME 1 – 0 CORBY
This was the second game in a row whereby Thame’s top scorer West would have to start from the bench due to injury. The pitch looked in great condition as always at the ASM Stadium but the windy conditions would prove to make today difficult for both sides.
The first chance in the match fell to Corby within 5 minutes when a through ball to Diggin was hit wide of the goal and great chance missed. Corby had the upper hand in the first 15 minutes and followed this up with a pass across the face of goal was again shot wide despite it being an open goal. Corby’s Kennedy was proving to be a handful in midfield and dribbled the ball up the right wing before a sublime cross was headed wide of goal. Both teams were trying to adjust to the strong winds, and Thame resorted to playing Goss as a lone striker. Corby’s defence was also on top in the early stages trying to catch Goss offside.
There was a real battle throughout the half between right back Mepham and left winger Francis and Corby continuously were trying to attack through Francis. Half way through the half Thame had a free kick taken by Tack which was put into a dangerous area and required the defender to head it away from goal which could only find Thame’s Martin picking up possession before being fouled outside the box. Thame now began to put the pressure on Corby from another set piece. Tack was the one to take the corner which found an un-marked Sturgess round the back to head the ball towards goal before the defence was able to clear the ball off the line. Fasanamde was working extremely hard in midfield tracking back and getting forward where possible. In the 26th minute he was able to step past a defender before getting in a shot which was bocked and the ball found Goss in the box who volleyed the ball into the net to give the Thame the lead. Thame continued to have chances and Essex from two corners was able to head the ball but not into the net. Essex had a further half a chance when Corby’s goalkeeper was on the floor but Essex’s half volley was hit over the bar from 22 yards out. Corby’s Kennedy and Francis were still looking threatening everytime they were on the ball and Fasanmade where possible did manage to disrupt the play of Francis. Fasanmade put in one of the passes of the match when a cheeky chipped ball found Tack inside the box which was headed wide. Corby finished the first half strongly when even from a goal kick the ball was headed down but no one was there inside the box for the follow up. We then saw the Craig Hill show, when he made 3 top class saves within 2 minutes each of them were saves to deny Corby a goal. Two were at full stretch to the side and the 3rd save was a header from a corner by Sandy which was a split second reaction save to tip the ball over the bar.

FT Score – THAME 1 – 1 CORBY
The second half begun in controversial style when Corby were denied a penalty appeal when Sandy appeared to be tackled late inside the box. Corby followed this up with 3 corners within the next five minutes each of them out into dangerous areas but could no one was able to attack the ball in the air. Thame even in the early stages were trying to slow play down on the ball and when the ball was out of play. Goss’ work rate did pay off when he got the ball and whilst dribbling from the wing nutmegged the defender before putting  cross in which was cleared away for a corner. Fasanmade took the corner which found Essex again leaping high to attack the ball which had to be tipped over by George. Thame continued to play direct football to Goss in attempt to attack on the counter.
An excellent move by Corby saw Francis dribble round Mepham before crossing the ball to Sandy who headed wide of goal. The chance should have made it 1-1. Goss was making the Corby defence panic when he had the ball or was making attacking runs. This was followed up when Fasanmade in possession went past 2 defenders, cut inside before firing a shot on his weaker foot high and wide which was met by applause by the crowd. With 15 minutes remaining Corby continued to get the ball forward as quick as possible and Thame were dropping deeper and deeper and starting to show signs of fatigue. Corby were now able to have more time on the ball and finding it easier to find space off the ball. This was not helped when Thame continued to give the ball away and not giving the defence a rest from the continued attacking moves from Corby. Thame did make 3 subs in the second half bringing on Peake-Pijnen, West and Murray to try and freshen things up. The equaliser did come in the 86th minute whereby Thame were unable to clear the ball and a half volley was struck by right back Anton who drilled it across goal into the net to make it 1-1. Thame were able to absorb the pressure in the last few minutes to seal a hard earned point against a strong Corby Town team.

This game did not disappoint as both sides took it in turns to play strong attacking football but also a high level of work rate in defence. The result ending in a draw was definitely a fair result. This weekends fixtures has seen the table change dramatically. With results elsewhere Corby cling on to 3rd place in the table. Where as Thame drop from 5th to 8th place and there now appears to be a battle between 6 sides attempting to gain the final playoff spot.

*** MAN OF THE MATCH sponsored by @FIGARO’S BARBER in Thame ***
The Thame United Man of the Match selected by the fans today was a tough one. The decision was #10 Craig Fasanmade who showed great attacking flair and defensive work all over the field for the 90mins.

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SL D1C; Thame defender confident that his squad has that ‘Cor’ factor for success

Saturday 9th March 2019
Thame United v Corby Town
Southern League Division One Central
ASM Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United host third placed Corby Town on Saturday at the ASM Stadium and will be looking for more of the same as the last time these two sides met back in November when Thame triumphed by three goals to one. Whilst Corby seem to have third place in the Southern Football League Division One Central table sewn up with an outside chance of attacking the top two places, Thame are in the tightest of battles for the final play-off place which sees fifth to tenth places separated by just three points, with United currently occupying that final play-off position a win could see them put pressure on fourth place Didcot whilst defeat could drop them five places, with their recent form showing just a single win in their last six league games Saturday would be an ideal time to get the momentum rolling as they enter their season finale. Corby themselves arrive on the back of a good run that has seen them lose just five times in their last eighteen outings, however they have lost twice in the last week and will be keen to get back to winning ways, & they have a game in hand on top of the league Bromsgrove in what still seems to be an open and very exciting run in.

David Lynn

This week Sports Shots caught up with Thame defender David Lynn to ask how long he’s been at the club & how it all came about:

I’ve been at the club for three seasons now with a little spell at Banbury in my second but quickly returned to the club. Basically I was struggling to find my feet at a club and wasn’t really enjoying my football anymore after coming out of full time football being a pro at Oxford United, that’s when I got a phone call from the big man Stuart (Blaik) and it went from there really, he told me to just come down and enjoy myself as I had nothing to prove. Settling in was very easy as I knew a few of the lads before joining as I played with Dan West at Oxford

How good a season does David feel he has had in terms of fitness, contribution & availability?

I think personally I always strive for better, at the beginning of the season I started well but midway through my head was a mess and I wasn’t enjoying football but now I feel like I’m in a better place and performances have been much better week in week out. Everyone knows that I could do with being a bit fitter ha ha, but I’m always available!

Just how good a squad is there now at Thame, and which players have stood out?

I think the squad we have right now is probably the best it has been, full of individual talent and ability. Tom Ashworth I’m always impressed with, you’re always going to get seven and above out of ten with him, he just needs to speak up and come out of his shell to step up to the next level. We haven’t seen enough of Duran (Martin) in his favourite position which is centre midfield but I know what he is capable of and he is very impressive on his day, and Craig Hill is just a brick wall!

What is David’s preferred position & formation to get the best from him?

Left back but I’m comfortable anywhere on the pitch apart from striker as I don’t think I would be running for that channel ball very often! I like four-three-three because it allows the full backs to get on a bit more knowing you’ll have a central midfielder who can fill in if you get into trouble, but we play four-four-two and I do just fine so I’m easy when it comes to formation, I just adjust the way I play

We asked David to review the last three games that have seen defeat at Welwyn & AFC Dunstable sandwiched by a thumping home win over Dunstable Town:

Obviously we aren’t happy with the two losses as for us personally they could have been avoided as the goals have come from individual errors, not Barca goals from the opposition! The win was exactly what Thame United are about, working hard playing good football and scoring plenty of goals

This week his side host Corby who they beat back in November, what was that game like and what do United expect this time?

The game at Corby was probably the best game of the season for us as a team, we played well, worked hard and did the basics really well, they found it very difficult to break us down . But I’m sure they have improved and would have learnt from that game, we have nothing to fear and know what we have to do but it’s going to be tough as they will be raring to beat us!

What are the targets for the rest of the season, as a squad and personally?

Goals set by the gaffer are to just play with a smile on our faces and forget about the league table, focus on winning games as a team. We are aiming to win six of our last ten which would be a good return, for me personally I would love another goal or two and a few more assists

Finally, we asked David if he could nominate one team mate to go on any TV programme who & what would he chose and why?

Ben Sturgess to go on Ninja Warrior or Total Wipeout, I would love to see him stack it hahaha!

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

SL; AFC Dunstable 3-0 Thame United

AFC DUNSTABLE 3 (Hall 27, Christie 60, Sturgess 65 (OG)

Saturday 2/3/19
Creasey Park, Dunstable
Weather – 12 celsius, very windy

AFC Dunstable – Green (gk), Roberts, Ajayi, Frater, Carney, Tavernier, Powell, McNulty, Christie, Cashman (cpt) , Hall
Subs used – Griffith and Fryer
Thame United – Hill (gk), Mepham, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, Peake-Pijnen, Fasanmade
Subs used – Tutton, Carter and Martin

*** MATCH STATS ***-
Shots on Target – AFC Dunstable 4 – 6 Thame United
Corners – AFC Dunstable 3 – 5 Thame United
Yellow cards – AFC Dunstable 2 – 0 Thame United

There was early drama 10 minutes before kick off whereby Thame had to make a late change to the starting line up due to injury to top scorer West. He was replaced by midfielder Peake-Pijnen, who actually was playing on his 21st birthday. Thame’s Fasanmade would make the late move to play up the top.
AFC Dunstable also elected to play the first half with the wind which would have an impact on both team’s play.
The first five minutes was tentative from both sides until the first chance of the game fell to Dunstable whereby a move down the left wing resulted in a shot from distance going wide of the post. Thame made a tactical change and were attempting to hit balls to the flanks and started to have more possession of the ball via Tack and Peake-Pijnen and forward Fasanmade.
In return AFC Dunstable were trying to find Christie playing up the top to the left, but Dunstable were found offside multiple times in the first 15 minutes. Dunstable’s direct play towards Christie and behind the defence did actually work in the first half and made it a difficult first half for Mepham, Essex and Jewell.
One of the best passages of play in the first half was when Thame threatened on their left wing whereby an attacking run by Fasanmade led to him cutting inside the defender and drilling a shot inches past the post much to Green’s relief. Thame were appearing more organised as a side keeping their formation and pressing as a team. Then against the run of play no challenge on the midfielder led to a through ball to Hall who was able to slot the ball past Hill to make it 1-0. Dunstable continued the pressure for the next 5 minutes with successive corners, one of which created a half chance for a goal Ajayi in the box who narrowly headed wide. Thame had to wait some time until another opportunity whereby a well struck half volley by Peake-Pijnen hit Green’s legs for a corner.
The half ended in controversy  whereby a foul on Goss which appeared dangerous was deemed only a yellow card by the referee and resulted in 7 minutes of injury time. This led to verbal exchanges between both side’s following the half time whistle.

HT Score – 1 – 0

Thame responded with a positive start to the second half playing the ball on the ground rather than in the air. The first chance of the half led to an unmarked Tack shooting over the bar. Thame continued the positive spell by another amazing run by Fasanmade down the right wing crossed towards a running Tack inside the box who appeared by taken out by the defender but no penalty was awarded much to Thame’s displeasure.
Dunstable slowly made it into the second half and in the 60th minute a diagonal ball behind the defender found Christie unmarked who scuffed the shot but the placement was there for the ball still to find the net to give Dunstable a 2-0 lead at home.
In the 65th minute a foul outside the box led to a free kick which was fired in and Thame’s sturgess lept up attempting to head the ball away but incidently headed the ball into the top corner of the net to seal the victory for Dunstable. Thame did still seatch for a goal and were attempting crosses into the box from both flanks but often these were easily picked up by the Dunstable defence.

FT Score – 3 – 0

The scoreline did flatter Dunstable but this was a case of taking the key chances when they come. Dunstable also did play well to the conditions and the tactic of getting the ball to Christie when possible was a success. This may not have been a pleasing game of football to watch for a neutral due to all the stoppages in play but it certainly wasn’t without drama.
Following 3 points today AFC Dunstable have climbed the table up to 10th and just 4 points behind the playoff hunt. Despite the defeat on the road Thame have remained in 5th place due to Berkhamstead losing at home to Bedford Town.

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Thame United v Corby Town
Saturday 9/3/19
ASM Stadium, Thame

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SL D1C; Thame United 5-0 Dunstable Town

Thame United – 5
Dunstable Town – 0


Thame United put their recent six games without a win run to bed on Saturday with a resounding win over Dunstable Town at the ASM Stadium, and in truth the scoreline could have been much greater had the hosts taken their chances but the three points were enough to lift the Oxfordshire side back into the play-off places in the Southern Football League Division One Central table as Berkhamsted lost meaning United take their fifth place spot, with just eleven league games remaining the battle for those play-offs is incredibly tight as just eight points separate eighth place Coleshill and fourth placed Didcot. Thame got off to the perfect start when centre-half Aaron Jewell nodded his side ahead after just three minutes and from there the home side never really looked in any danger of not taking the points, three up by half-time saw the game done & dusted and the second half was never going to match the determination of the first however two further goals in the final quarter of an hour put the finishing touches to an excellent performance from Mark West’s squad.

Thame took the lead when a free kick from their right was curled in by Lynton Goss and executing the perfect header in the middle was Jewell to nod past Town keeper Connor Coulson, a couple of early corners for the visitors were dealt with comfortably and from one a goal kick from United custodian Craig Hill sent Dan West away down the middle of the pitch, evading a challenge he fired straight at Coulson and the chance was gone, but on eighteen minutes they were given the opportunity to double their lead when a Goss run into the penalty area saw him brought down and a penalty awarded.

Liam Tack scores third goal for hosts

Captain Ben Sturgess assumed responsibility and duly sent Coulson the wrong way to drill low into the bottom corner, and from there Dunstable seemed to concede as heads dropped. They were offered a lifeline back into the game when a cross from their right wasn’t cleared by the home defence and pouncing on the loose ball Saul Williams on the half volley fired high over the bar, and their afternoon of misery was compounded on twenty-three minutes when they were forced into an early substitution as Joshua Bailey was replaced by John Sonuga. Liam Tack was released down the United right in behind the Town backline in acres of space, as he tried to pick out team mates in the box a superb sliding block from Daniel Trif saw him trap with his leg and recover quickly enough to get back on his feet and clear.

Goss continued to make a nuisance of himself up front for the hosts, a ball over the top for him to chase after saw him shoulder to shoulder with Sonuga who ended up bringing the striker down earning himself a yellow card for his troubles, just past the half hour mark Goss again got down the right wing into the corner where he cut back inside his marker and a clever reverse pass set in Matt Peake-Pijnen who fired across the six-yard box where Coulson got his hands close enough to stun it dead allowing Sonuga to clear downfield. With three minutes of the half remaining Thame made it three when Tack slid in to get his foot to a cross which wrong footed Coulson as it rolled slowly into the bottom corner. H/T: 3-0

The second half took a while to get going as was only to be expected, Dunstable huffed and puffed but never really troubled the home defence and it took until the fifty-eighth minute for a worthwhile effort on goal when a Thame free kick was headed over by Jamie Essex at the back stick, whilst at the opposite end a corner played short to Marcus Goldbourne on the corner of the eighteen yard box allowed him to shoot but way wide of the intended target. The visitors were then almost the architects of their own downfall when an attempted header back to his keeper from Sonuga was far too short allowing Peake-Pijnen to nip in and get his head to it first, nodding over the stranded Coulson but wide of the empty goal.

Dan West completes the scoring

Another intrusive run from Goss down their right saw him play the ball across the eighteen yard box where there were three or four close range shots that the away defence did well to get in front of each time, Hill was equally as good with a save at the other end when Williams went for goal from close range. A corner to the hosts curled in by Peake-Pijnen was met at the front of the box by a glancing header from West that flew across the goal face but wide of the back post, closely followed by a poor clearance from the Town defence that went straight to Peake-Pijnen giving him the opportunity to cut infield before powering a dipping drive over the top, then on seventy-seven minutes they finally got their fourth.

A corner from their left curled in by Tack saw Jewell climb highest to thump his header past Coulson for his second of the afternoon, and from there it was all about game management for the home side. A plethora of substitutions from both sides interrupted play but eventually a late corner was half cleared by the Dunstable defence but only as far as substitute Jack Tutton who tried to place inside the far top corner but there was never enough bend on the shot to threaten, but in added time Thame got their fifth when their guests surrendered position high up the pitch allowing Andy Gledhill to explore the left wing, losing his marker he then put the inch perfect delivery to the back of the six yard box where West headed back across Coulson into the far corner. F/T: 5-0

Attendance: 89

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SL D1C; Thame duo insist they are not yet Dun in search of play-off place

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Thame United v Dunstable Town

Southern League Division One Central

ASM Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United host Dunstable Town on Saturday at the ASM Stadium looking for their first win in seven but amazingly they are still only a single place and point off the play-off places despite the recent poor run of form. The realistic aim is one of the bottom two play-off positions as the top three look to be too far away to catch now, thirteen points separate Thame and third placed Corby and with just twelve league games left to play there are still a number of teams below United who will feel they can put together a late run to make those end of season promotion battle raffles. Four losses in their last six in all competition is hardly the form required going into the season finale, and this week they face a side who have only suffered one defeat in their last five games which include wins over high flying Bromsgrove Sporting & Corby Town but they were brought back to earth with a bump last week as they conceded seven without reply at home to top of the league Peterborough Sports. A tough battle lies ahead…..

Ben Sturgess

This week Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Craig Hill but first of all asked midfielder Ben Sturgess how long he’s been at the club, what attracted him and how it’s been in his time here:

I joined the club at the start of the 2017/18 season, I’d been speaking to the gaffer Mark West all summer but was torn between a few other options that I had but arrived here late during pre-season. Obviously the facilities are always a massive factor at the club and the people behind the scenes do an amazing job keeping them up for the standards that they are at. It was tough to start as I’d had many battles with the lads over the years when they were in the Hellenic League but soon won them round and it is a pleasure being captain of the side now

Craig also took the facilities at The ASM into consideration:

I’ve been at the club now for a season and a half, I was told to have a chat with the management team after I left Oxford City and it went from there, I really liked the management and the lads, as well as the facilities. The team had just been promoted so it was a really good time to join. I settled in really well, everyone was very welcoming and the lads are great

How does Craig feel his own personal season has been so far?

I feel that I’ve performed well this season. I’ve been picked to start most games throughout the season apart from the short time I had out due to a back injury. Getting to play as much as I have, has been great as it’s given me lots of experience and helped me keep consistent. I feel like I’ve played a valuable part in the team, making some key saves in important games, and being a contender for the playoffs at this stage in the season is amazing. I think my highlight of the season so far was the match against Corby where we won three-one away

Ben also feels he has been performing well especially as he’s had a couple of awards this season:

I feel I have contributed to certain aspects well within the season, to get the accolades of two player of the months is always good recognition to what level you’ve been playing at. Saturday wasn’t good enough from all of us, we look forward to putting it right in the coming weeks, I work hard within the fitness side of the game as it’s my big asset. My highlight has to be Corby away as that was the best performance from this side I’ve seen in the two years I’ve been here

Craig Hill

How strong is this Thame squad this season and have any players stood out for Ben?

The squad is the strongest I’ve seen it here, we have players that are capable in every position and having players that can play in more than one position always helps. I don’t like to single individuals out as it’s a squad vibe at Thame and everyone contributes in every area, it’s been more about team ethic this year than individuals. We relied heavily on Westy (Dan West) and Lynton (Goss) last year and that’s something we need to address going forward with goals from other areas. It’s not a shock to me we’ve done well this year, problem being it’s only February though and we need to kick on now. It’s a tough league and make no doubt about it we are punching above our weight, let’s see what the next 10 weeks bring but we will do everything we can to stay where we are

Craig agrees that it has been a squad effort this season:

The team’s performance as a whole has definitely improved on last season, where we are sitting in the league proves we are a good side and everyone has played their part in where we are. I think we have worked hard as a team and we are worthy of being where we are as we have strong team with talented players. It’s a competitive league; there are no easy games. Everyone will give you a good game

Has Craig always played in career during his football career?

Yes I have always played in goal, ever since my dad put me in goal when was five or six and he would kick balls at me in the garden. I loved it and it went from there and I started progressing into academy football

So what is Ben’s favoured position?

My favoured position is centre midfield and my only position. I’m more of a defensive player but have got it in me to get forward when I put my mind to it

We asked Ben to detail his football career path from junior level to now:

My football career started early as my dad took me to football on a Saturday morning at the age of five and I’ve played the whole way really to now, still going strong at thirty-two. The highlight was wining the English schools cup at twelve at the old Wembley Stadium, a few of the boys will like that as I’ve told them enough about it! Also winning a non-league title and captaining the side was a big achievement, it was an incredible side at Flackwell that year and winning it with mates was even better. Also winning every competition at that level was a big achievement, having played many games within the Vase and Trophy had many highlights but those stick out in my mind

Craig has been at a couple of professional clubs along the way:

I started off at Swindon Town, from there I played for the Chelsea Academy and then went on to Aston Villa as a scholar. I gained a further two year professional contract with Villa and I left when I was twenty. Since then I have played for Kettering Town, Oxford City and now Thame

How does Craig feel the recent poor run has affected the squad?

I think all teams end up having a bad run at some stage during the season, it’s about how you react to it as a team. It’s not easy going a lot of games without positive results but we will keep working hard for each other and stay positive. I think we are more than capable of getting to the playoffs by the end of the season

Ben admits the squad have talked about the run of form but believes last week could be a turning point:

It’s something we have talked about and something that needs to be sorted quickly. The result at Kempston was a big one for us having ten men for seventy-five minutes, and probably deserving not just a point but all three! Last Saturday was poor from all of us and only us as players can sort this, the buck stops with us; individual mistakes for all three goals and that’s simply not good enough. I feel looking that far ahead is always difficult but have said to all the lads just win your next match and the rest will look after itself. To even think about us being in the play offs as the size of the club would be probably one of my best achievements. That’s a long way off for me though I feel

Looking ahead to Dunstable this weekend who beat Thame in the reverse fixture, what does Ben remember of that day?

Dunstable were very good on the day, there were young and willing to play football the right way. I felt we weren’t at it at the time and something that this Saturday won’t happen again. We will be hopefully at the races as three points is vital for us

Craig admits Town were the better team last time out:

It was a disappointing game last time round, they gave us a great game and they were the better side on the day. We just need to approach the game this time with the right frame of mind, be positive and work hard as a unit. Hopefully we can get back on a winning run

Finally, we asked both players to pick any team mate and a TV programme they’d like to see them on, Craig went for management:

I’d put Blaiky (Stuart Blaik) on The Chase

Ben picked the same show but a different contestant:

Westy would be my choice. The amount of battles we’ve had over the years is laughable but when I came to the club we just clicked & he’s one of my good pals now. I think we would have a good go at The Chase, Dans surprisingly intelligent. We could bounce of each other and prob end up winning the thing

Sports Shots would like to thank both Craig & Ben for their time this week