ESS D1C: Thame battle through to take maximum points

Reported by Carl Catling

Dan West

Thame United FC V Cambridge City FC
Attendance – 78
Weather – 4 Celsius and Dry

Today’s encounter saw Mark West’s Thame United FC (4th place) host Cambridge City FC (12th place).

Thame were in search of back to back wins following their 1-0 away win on New Year’s Day @ Kidlington FC.

Thame knew another 3 points would keep them flying in 4th place and firmly in hunt for a play-off spot.

The Red Kites didn’t disappoint and grinded out a 1-0 victory to secure back to back league wins and remain 4th in the league table.

It should be noted that Thame’s GK Craig Hill was unavailable for selection and a late signing of David Lyons proved invaluable for today’s fixture.

*** Starting Line Ups ***
Thame United FC – David Lyons, Harry Mepham, David Lynn, Jamie Essex, Andy Gledhill, Tom Ashworth, Liam Tack, Lynton Goss, Ben Sturgess (C), Dan West, Matt Peake-Pijnen

Cambridge City FC – Jamie Head, Ben Robinson, Sebastian Simpson, Ross Paterson (C), Adam Capel, Jordan Odofin, Nathan Olukanmi, Adam Watkins, Josh Dyinsan, Lewis Whitehead, Michael Davis

*** FIRST HALF ***

0 to 15 mins – The first 5 minutes was very stop / start with neither team maintaining possession or creating chances.

Cambridge then began to exert control on the game and had the first shot on target by Josh Dyinsan. Also in this period of time Cambridge put in multiple crosses which was dealt with by the Thame defence.

Thame, against the run of play, had a goal disallowed when a cross was headed home but it was deemed a foul on goalkeeper Jamie Head.

Cambridge then created two moments of worry when they had one shot from outside the box followed by a cross which landed on the top of the net.

16 to 30 mins – Thame got back on top when a long throw by David Lynn was headed towards goal but easily saved.

Cambridge were awarded a corner which proved dangerous when it took multiple attempts to be cleared out of the box.

City also followed up by having two crosses blocked by Thame’s robust defence.

Cambridge continued to attack and had an offside decision following a run behind the Thame defence.

Thame were awared a free kick near the corner flag which was taken by Lynton Goss and headed into the back of the net by ‘Mr Golden Boot’ Dan West on 27 minutes.

31-45 mins – The goal gave the Thame side confidence and it showed with them maintaining possession and the ball was continuously being crossed in or around the Cambridge box. In this time Cambridge struggled to pass the ball and there were multiple offsides for both sides with direct passing.

Before the end of the half West took a free kick which was a direct strike at goal and ended up straight into Jamie Head’s hands in the middle of the goal.

Following this Cambridge right back Ben Robinson had to be taken off due to injury.

Cambridge ended the half by pumping the ball into the box and Thame having to resort to tight marking to absorb the pressure.

HT Score
Thame United FC 1 – 0 Cambridge City FC

*** SECOND HALF ***

45-60 mins – Early in the second half the ball fell to Thame’s Tom Ashworth, who had shot blocked by Cambridge’s defence.

Cambridge upped their tempo and pushed for an equaliser with faster direct passing.

Thame responded by getting the ball to Lynton Goss as much as possible whereby he made a few runs and multiple dribbles towards the Cambridge goal.

David Lyons made a goal saving stop 7 yards out when Cambridge were through on goal.

Thame were able to create a half chance when Lyton Goss attacked the right wing and put in a  cross towards the head of Dan West who was unable to connect with it.

61 – 75 mins – During this period Cambridge were in control of possession and Thame were only pressing when Cambridge had the ball in Thame’s half.

When Thame did get the ball back, Lynton Goss made a great 20 yard run with the ball up the right wing into the box before hitting the side netting when one on one with Jamie Head.

Then there were a few minutes when both teams were passing long balls straight to the other teams GK or out of play. Thame’s Captain Ben Sturgess could be heard telling his side to calm down.

76 – 90 mins – Both teams began to show their nerves near the end of this match. When Cambridge did put in a cross next time round it was deflected and Thame were fortunate it again found the safe hands of David Lyons. Up the other end Thame had a half chance which was put wide when a ball bounced on the edge of the Cambridge box and Jamie head committed to the ball.

Thame had another free kick attempt to score which was again taken by Dan West and despite finding the target was saved by Jamie Head.

There was some end of game drama when Cambridge had the ball cleared off the line and yet another dangerous shot that was deflected and Thame required fast reactions from David Lyons to deal with it.

After four minutes of injury time today’s referee D. O’Shea blew the final whistle.

FT Score
Thame United FC 1 – 0 Cambridge City FC

This was a well balanced game in which the Thame goalkeeper and defence must take huge credit. The volume of blocks and crosses dealt with, not to mention last ditch tackles, was appreciated by the home fans.

As when the referee blow the final whistle the players were given a standing ovation.

Cambridge will feel very unfortunate as despite numerous runs at goal, set pieces and crosses the key chance was not taken to score. Cambridge should feel proud as they players did put pressure on Thame until the final whistle.

*** KEY STATS ***
Shots on target – Thame 5 – 6 Cambridge
Corners – Thame 1 – 6 Cambridge
Yellow Cards – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge
Red Cards – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge
Penalties – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge

*** MAN OF THE MATCH – DAVID LYONS***
This was a tough one but put into context…. a late signing, no experience with the team, excellent positioning and multiple key saves/catches/blocks. He continued playing despite limping in the first half. David also proved key with his distribution and can be very proud of his performance today.

*** NEXT GAME ***
Saturday 12/1/2019, Kick Off 15:00 – Away @ North Leigh FC

*** NEXT HOME GAME ***
@ The ASM Stadium,  Thame
Saturday 19/1/2019, Kick Off 15:00 – V Didcot Town FC

*** Admission Prices @ The ASM Stadium ***
Adult £8
Concession £5
Child £1

There is ample free parking at the Stadium.
Club has a fully licensed bar on site.

ADDRESS –
The ASM Stadium
Meadow View Park
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 3RN

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