Thame United set for biggest game since turn of the century

Mark West

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Thame United have their biggest game of the season on Saturday when they welcome Kidlington to the ASM Stadium for an eagerly-anticipated all Oxfordshire-tie in the third round of the FA Vase.

The match represents the furthest United have progressed in this national competition for 17 years, when, in 1998/99, they managed to reach the semi-finals – and one game from Wembley – only to be beaten by Northumberland-based Bedlington Terriers.

And if it is goals you are looking for, then the competition seems to bring the best out of United having beaten Frimely Green (7-2), Bridon Ropes (4-3) and Pagahm (3-0).

But manager Mark West knows this week’s match against fellow Hellenic League Premier Division side and current league leaders Kidlington will be the toughest test yet.

He said: “We have already played Kidlington twice this season in the league, losing narrowly at their place before they beat us last month when we put in one of our poorest performances of the season.

“However, few people gave us much chance in the last round on the south coast at Pagham, and we came away with a fantastic 3-0 win, and going i to a game as underdogs probably suits us best.”

A win would put United through to the last 32 of the competition, but they will need to improve on the result last Saturday when they were beaten 2-0 by Royal Wootton Bassett Town in a wind-affected game in Wiltshire.

Kick-off for Saturday’s match is 3pm, with tickets only £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for U16s.

Thame’s squad: Farrow, Attwell, Lynn, Hercules, Dugmore, Connor, Connelly, Ashworth, Gray, West, Ricketts, Jesson, Cordice, Pounds, Evans, Faulconbridge.