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ESS D1C: Thame United go fourth into the New Year!

Thame United are up to fourth in the Evo-Stik South, Division 1 Central league table.

Jamie Essex

Jamie Essex third minute goal secured all three points in their New Year’s day victory at Kidlington.

Sports Shots is very fortunate that Carl Catling has joined our team and will cover the team from The ASM Stadium.

Carl Catling reports …

Saturday 22/12/18

@ Berkhamstead Town
ESS Div 1 Central
 Attendance 111
Dry, 8 Celsius
The Christmas season is here and this turned out to be a Christmas Cracker. The atmosphere at the ground was also tense and both sets of fans knew the importance of winning 3 points.
Thame took the lead within 5 minutes when a cross from the right wing was piled into the net by Aston Goss.
Both teams had opportunities to score but failed to do so.
Thame were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half which was confidently taken by Thame’s scoring machine Lynton Goss.

Lynton Goss

Within 5 minutes Berkhamstead responded to put the ball in the net and the crowd quickly got behind the home side.
Berkhamstead upped the tempo and created multiple chances and didn’t give the Thame defence time to relax.
After relentless pressure Berkhamstead followed up with a further 2 goals to take the lead. Thame pressed in hope of an equaliser but it wasn’t to be.

ESS Division One Central

Saturday 29th December 2018
3pm kick off @ The ASM Stadium
12 Celsius, dry and windy
Thame Utd V Sutton Coldfield
HT Score
Thame Utd 0 – 2 Sutton Coldfield
FT Score
Thame Utd 0-3 Sutton Coldfield
Thame Utd were without two key players due to injuries namely GK Craig Hill and Striker Lynton Goss.
In the first half Sutton Coldfield controlled the midfield in the first half which was scrappy and felt like an aerial battle. The first goal came after 37 minutes when a floated free kick was headed home past the Thame goalkeeper.
Sutton Coldfield made it 2-0 just 5 minutes later after a run into the box was finished off with a simple finish past the goalkeeper.
Thame started the brighter in the second half with a mixture of short and long passing and spent the first 20 minutes firmly in the away teams half with a high defensive line.
Sutton Coldfield ended all hopes of any comeback with 15mins left with a sublime cross from the right wing which was headed with power into the post and in.
This was a massive 3 points for the travelling side who climb the table and Thame will feel this was points lost at home.

ESS D1C: Christmas comes early at Thame!

Thame United V Welwyn Garden City
Saturday 15/12/2018
15:00 kick off
@ASM Stadium, Thame
3 Celsius, wind and rain

By Carl Catling

Those that braved the weather were treated to a crazy game of football. If there ever was a case of football being a game of two halves then this was it. Thame were without their safe hands in goal, Craig Hill, who was out with a back injury.

After a defeat last weekend Thame returned to winning ways. So much so perhaps have earned the name of ‘comeback kings’.

Welwyn dominated possession and the midfield in the first half.

WGC’s number 10 put in a superb finish from the wing on 15 minutes.

Then 3 minutes later a floated ball which was not dealt with be Thame’s defence and was headed in by WGC’s number 9.

HT score 0-2

The rain intensified and made playing conditions difficult for both teams. Neither side made any changes at half time.

Thame upped the tempo and out WGC on the back foot in search of a goal.

Dan West

Last season’s golden boat winner Dan West of Thame United bagged a second half hat trick on 60, 65 and 72 minutes.

Lynton Goss, who had not much joy in the first half, put in a sublime finish into the bottom corner to get Thame’s third goal on 67 minutes.

Lynton Goss

The win continues Thame’s good run of form and keeps them in the playoff hunt in 5th place.

ESS CD1: Blaik reveals loan signing and players return for Thame’s Welwyn encounter

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to host Welwyn Garden City at the ASM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Stuart Blaik

Blaik was disappointed with his side’s defeat at Dunstable last weekend.

We did not reach the levels we reached in previous weeks, which we have to forget and move on quickly from.

We had two or three good chances early on but, fair play to them, they deserved to take the points.

This weekend, Adam Fisher brings his Welwyn side to Oxfordshire.

Blaik revealed some team news ahead of the game.

We have Andy Gledhill and Jamie Essex return, but Tom Carter has completed his loan spell from Oxford City and goes back with our thanks and best wishes.

Our goalkeeper Craig Hill misses this weekend’s game with an injury so we are very grateful to Mark Jones at Oxford City, who has done us a huge favour in loaning us Steven Caro. We appreciate Mark’s support.




ESS D1C: Blaik reflects as Thame go fifth with outstanding run of form

Thame United are up to fifth in the Evo-Stik South League, Division 1 Central after an outstanding run of form in the last five outings.

Stuart Blaik

Since their FA Trophy defeat at Royston Town, United have taken thirteen points from a possible fifteen in a run that has seen them face sides at the top of the table.

Assistant manager Stuart Blaik spoke with Sports Shots following their latest success, a 3-1 win over AFC Dunstable.

It was a good win for us, we have produced some outstanding results and it would have been fifteen points if it wasn’t for a late equaliser.

I felt at the time we could have scored more goals in our defeat at Royston and there was more to come from the side. We kick-started our run with a great win up at Corby then we drew with Bromsgrove, who netted late on. We have stepped it up and I feel we always have a goal in us which gives us an advantage.

This season I feel the changes have made this division stronger, it is a tough and physical league.

To be close to 30 points at Christmas is excellent.

The squad have stepped up and players have filled in when we have needed them to. That helps Westy (Mark West) and I so much.

This weekend sees Thame head to Dunstable Town after defeating their neighbours on Tuesday night at The ASM Stadium. Goals from Liam Tack, David Lynn and Tom Ashworth giving Thame the three points.

I felt we rode our luck for 15 to 20 minutes but we took the win and are up to fifth.

We now need to kick on and show that consistency going forwards, as I believe if we can then who knows.

SL; Aylesbury FC 0-3 Thame United

Aylesbury FC – 0

Thame United – 3


Aylesbury FC competed for the opening twenty minutes or so of this Southern League Division One Central fixture but once former Mole Harry Scott set up an opener for Lynton Goss the visiting side took control of the remainder and a quick fire double that saw two goals in as many minutes early in the second half saw the points heading back to Oxfordshire. Goss helped himself to a hatrick and if not for some vital blocks from home keeper Nick Bennion the scoreline could have looked a lot worse, at the end of the game two sides with contrasting fortunes left the field of play, Aylesbury have lost three on the bounce conceding eleven without reply whilst Thame have taken seven points from a possible nine inside the last seven days, which includes a win and a draw against the sides that currently sit second & third in the table, the result leaves United a place below the play-offs and Aylesbury a place above the relegation places.

The first effort of the afternoon fell to Dan West some twenty-five yards from goal, the Thame striker creating a yard of space but firing high over the top, at the other end some hesitation in the United defence allowed Ty Deacon to gain possession and burst into the box, his cross found Hakim Nyariki whose shot was blocked and rolled back out to Carl Tappin who blazed over Craig Hill’s crossbar, before Deacon again had some success breaking down the right channel and into the area with the opportunity to shoot himself he unselfishly tried to square to Bruno Brito but his shot was blocked away for a corner.

Bruno Brito in thick of the action

Thame stunned their hosts on twenty-three minutes with their opener, Scott fed out on the left hand side of the Moles box and seemingly going nowhere he managed to lose his marker and fizz the ball across the six yard box where running in Goss lifted high into the roof of the net. The hosts tried to respond with Brito down their left but his cross was headed straight at Hill by Nyariki, from the clearance a flick on saw Goss in behind the red backline, as Bennion advanced to narrow the angle the goal scorer aimed his drive past the keeper towards the back post but the ball rolled a couple of yards the wrong side, and a late free kick for the away side was unchallenged as it found Jamie Essex at the back post, his low drive blocked and eventually cleared from close range. H/T: 0-1

Within sixty seconds of the restart a cross from the Thame right found West whose close range effort saw Bennion have to turn out for a corner using his feet, the set piece swung in was headed back across goal to West who up against Tappin climbed highest but could only head over the top, Goss then attacked the left flank leaving his marker behind before pulling back to Scott who fired high over the bar. The visitors then won a penalty ten minutes into the half when Liam Tack was fed in to the right of goal, Tappin attempted to simply block his route but as the midfielder went over the referee pointed to the spot.

Lynton Goss scores his second from the spot

Goss fired into the top corner to double his sides lead, Tappin was booked on his way back into his own half for the restart for his views on the decision, and before anyone in a red shirt could regroup United, and in particular Goss, grabbed a third within two minutes of the second, fed in behind the defence and rounding the desperate dive of Bennion at his feet, he fired home from a tight angle to kill the game off. Thame from here controlled the game, West played a great one-two on the edge of the box to get away but he fired over, and a free kick floated in from the wing found substitute Tom Carter at the back post whose header bounced off the post and out for a goal kick.

Goss received a pass ten yards into the Aylesbury half and with some encouragement from his team mates he drove at the heart of the defence although Moles skipper Jordan Jenkins eventually forced him wide where he snatched at his shot to lift into the waiting gloves of Bennion, and the final action saw a ball lifted into the Thame box from Tappin some thirty yards out simply elude everyone and float into the hands of Hill, summing up a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the hosts. F/T: 0-3

Attendance: 119

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham: 
And also with Thame assistant manager Stuart Blaik: 

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ESS CD1: Blaik reflects on ‘superb week’ as Thame head for local derby

Stuart Blaik was full of praise for his Thame United side after a 3-1 win at second-placed Corby Town, quickly followed by a 1-1 draw with leaders Bromsgrove Sporting, who equalised in the 90th minute.

Stuart Blaik

Blaik heaped praise on his side after four points from two very tough games, although the assistant manager at The ASM Stadium did forecast his team had those performances in them.

We have had a superb week.

We picked up a great win at Corby last weekend and it had been coming as we have performed well against higher-based opposition.

Tuesday was another very difficult game against a young, fit and strong Bromsgrove outfit. They are a very good side and the pleasing thing was that we went toe-to-toe with them. Being on the sidelines and witnessing that level of performance was so pleasing. Andy Gledhill went in at centre half and was outstanding, a display that showed he was comfortable there.

We have acquitted ourselves in both games and now we must take that into this weekend.

We’ve added Tom Carter to the squad this week. Tom has come in from Oxford City and will be a good signing for us, especially as players pick up knocks and suspensions.

Saturday we will look to carry on the level of performance but Paul (Bonham) will have them well organised and, like with all games at this level, it will bring challenges.

SLD1E; Moles looking to Tame recent success of local rivals

Saturday 24th November 2018

Aylesbury v Thame United

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host near neighbours Thame United on Saturday looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, but face yet another stern test against the side that in the last seven days have beaten third placed Corby and drawn with league leaders Bromsgrove Sporting who only equalised in added time to deny the Oxon side all three points. Paul Bonham took charge of The Moles and got off to a flyer over seeing two victories in his first three games, but defeats against Bromsgrove and Berkhamsted since have come at the cost of shipping eight goals without reply, but the wins over Cambridge City & Peterborough Sports who both occupy play off positions shows the squad are more than capable of gaining results against the higher ranked sides.

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Jordan Jenkins and first of all we asked midfielder Jordan Frederick how he’s settled in since signing earlier this season:

I have settled in extremely well and the club has been very welcoming, I knew a lot of the lads in the team before joining & I knew the previous manager and he was keen to bring me onboard

And how has the season started for JJ?

The first couple of months were a bit stop start for me with work commitments limiting my midweek availability, but I’ve been pleased with my personal performances overall and will hopefully surpass one hundred appearances for the club very soon. Defensively we are looking to get back to being a more solid unit which we were showing at the start of the season

Jordan Jenkins

How does the club captain view the managerial change that took place only a few weeks ago?

Scott (Reynolds) deserves a huge amount of credit for his work during his relatively short time here. As one of a handful of players who remained at the club, the difference from the season before was substantial in terms of professionalism and organisation, unfortunately as a collective we were unable to match that with our results on the pitch. Paul has fine tuned certain aspects without making wholesale changes which will hopefully come to fruition with the upcoming run of games against sides around us in the table

Frederick felt a change was needed:

Personally I think the managerial change needed to happen, since Paul became manager the whole team dynamic has changed for the better which has improved our performances and our results

And how does the midfielder feel his season has started in general?

The season started slowly however I feel I have worked my way into this team, my performance and fitness levels are improving with every game, I am always looking to improve and it would be nice to pick up the points moving into the Christmas period

Jordan Frederick

What would JJ need to achieve by the end of the season for it to be a successful one, for both him and the club?

Survival is always a good start but I’d like to think we have the ability in the squad to push a little higher up that league table. The club has a great band of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to improve the club off the pitch over the last six months and they deserve to be rewarded with some improved results on it. For me personally, five goals would be the target and to concede as few as possible always helps

We asked JJ which members of the squad have impressed so far this season:

Retaining the services of Craig Carby was an important piece of business, he gives consistently good performances on a weekly basis and is an excellent role model to the younger lads in the squad. Keeping with the veterans, Nick Bennion has produced some inspired performances between the sticks, earning us some important points along the way. Off the pitch I must mention our kitman Phil Duffy, his work often goes under the radar but it’s a role that goes way beyond laying the kit out on a Saturday afternoon and certainly a level of dedication I’ve never come across before in non-league football

JF feels it’s a more collective input:

I feel since joining this club all the players have shown their talent & skills, I think Paul has a big part to play in motivating the players and focusing on individual talent

We asked JF how he felt the last three games were after a superb win at Cambridge:

I wasn’t expecting anything at Sporting, however I felt we could have played better against Berkhamsted, defensively as a team we didn’t play as well as we could have. We started extremely well against Cambridge, with the early goal and the sending off helping in our favour, we deserved the win

The skipper agrees:

Its certainly been a baptism of fire for Paul facing the top five sides in his first five games. We were good value for the win over Cambridge after an energetic performance so the result against Berko was a bit of a step back as they were quite simply more clinical in both boxes on the day. Bromsgrove away will be one of the more difficult fixtures for most sides this season! We were forced to travel with a depleted squad although I felt we were our own worst enemy at times and gifted them a couple of soft goal

How good is this league after the summer reshuffle in JJ’s eyes?

Its certainly the most competitive league I have experienced at step four. A fair few clubs have the resources to comfortably push on to the next level which are the sort of games you relish being involved in front of some big crowds. Any team  seems capable of taking points off another, something that we have proved ourselves against a few of the so called bigger teams already this season

JF has picked two teams he fancies to do well:

I’ve played in this division for a good few years now so know every week it’s going to be a battle and that nothing is going to be given to us, but Bromsgrove & Corby both look very good outfits and appear to be the ones to beat

With AFC a solitary victory off mid-table or a defeat off relegation, back to back wins would push them close to the play-offs, how does JF see the squad achieving this?

The key to success in this league is momentum, it’s a long season and after a few consecutive wins I think we have a good chance of moving up the table

JJ thinks the club needs to concentrate on their form at Heywood Way:

Our home form has been disappointing over the last twelve months which has contributed to the inconsistency in our results. The play-offs would be a big ask at this stage but we have shown we are capable of producing results which could easily equate to mid table comfort. The key for us will be trying to get a settled squad on a weekly basis, something I am sure Paul is actively working on

Finally, we asked JJ for his thoughts on facing Thame this weekend, after they’ve taken four points off two of the top three sides:

They settled in to life at this level with some ease last season and have continued to progress, albeit like ourselves they will be looking for more consistent results. Four points from their last six against Corby and Bromsgrove is sure to see them in a buoyant mood come Saturday afternoon, particularly with the return of Lynton (Goss) and (Dan) West bolstering their attack. Both our fixtures against them last season were tough competitive games, so as a squad we need a big response after our last two results, and will hopefully be able to welcome a few faces back into the mix to take the three points

JF also expects a difficult afternoon:

I always expect a tough game week in week out, however I go into every game with a positive attitude. Thame United have played well and the last two games which will fill them with confidence, however I believe we can beat anyone on our day

Sports Shots would like to thank both Jordan’s for their time this week

ESS CD1: Blaik previews big week for Thame as they face top two within three days

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as they face a trip to second-placed Corby Town on Saturday before hosting leaders Bromsgrove Sporting just three days later.

Stuart Blaik

Thame have had some tough games in recent weeks, with their FA Trophy defeat at Royston last weekend against a particularly good side in Blaik’s opinion.

I thought Royston were a class outfit and a great club. I felt we put up a good showing and it is always small margins. We took the lead early on then we had a one-on-one which we didn’t convert. At two-nil it’s a different game but they showed their quality and came back at us. David Mooney up front for them has been at clubs like Reading and Southend for example.

We missed some chances in the second half to narrow the scoreline but I felt we gave a good account of ourselves with our display.

This week has been a quiet one at The ASM Stadium, but Blaik expects little in the way of changes as this weekend they head to a Corby Town side he tipped to be up at the top come the end of the season.

Corby present another big game for us and we know they will be good side. We go there then face Bromsgrove at home on Tuesday but we are looking to get something from both games.

Thame expect to be at full-strength with Dan West available after picking up a head injury last weekend.

Dan got a nasty cut over his eye which needed hospital attention and ten stitches. He has been given the all-clear to play by the Doctors.

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.