Thame Rangers 7 Amersham Town 1

After their recent improvements, this was a disastrous performance against the division’s leading team, Thame Rangers.

Everything which could go wrong for Amersham did go wrong, starting in the second minute. Amersham were caught napping when, in a simple short corner move, Thame’s Kieran Schmidt was left unmarked to drive a 30 yard shot past Town keeper Callum Woods and into the net off the underside of the bar.

Worse was to follow 14 minutes later. Again sloppy work in midfield allowed Thame to gain possession and pass out to Mitchell Collins on the right. There seemed no danger from his cross but it slipped through Woods’ hands and into the net. The third Thame goal showed the quality of the team. A quick exchange of passes resulted in the winger being put free and his immediate cross along the six yard box was met by Tom Grant to knock the ball home.

Two further Thame goals followed in quick succession just before the break. On 43 minutes, the Thame midfield was again allowed far too much time to lob the ball forward for Dan Delderfield to run onto and shoot past Woods. One minute later, a scuffed shot from Thames’ James Keeble slipped through Woods’ grasp for a five nil lead at the break.

Amersham were more lively after the break but Woods could do little on 58 minutes when a defender pulled back his opponent in the penalty area and Sean Coles struck the penalty into the corner of the goal. One minute later, Amersham at last pulled a goal back when an exchange of passes between Kieran Warren and Bertie Squires-Adams resulted in a cross from the latter which Harry Loakes smashed into the net.

The scoring was completed on 71 minutes, again from a penalty awarded for a trip. Again Coles took the kick, and again scored to the same right corner.