Thame United 2 Burnham 2
United put in the best pre-season performance to hold Southern League side Burnham to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday evening.
In fact, United could count themselves unlucky not to have won the game having created a number of opportunities in the first half. The first of these came after 15 mins when Dan West found himself in space and from an acute angle beat the keeper, but the ball rebounded off the post. Three minutes later United took the lead when a Luke Ricketts free kick was parried in to the path of West who made no mistake. Five minutes later and United were awarded a penalty following a foul on West. Stewart struck the spot kick well only for the keeper to save to his right, and neither Stewart nor West were able to score from the rebound. Just before the half ended Burnham created an opening and equalised with a well struck shot low in to the bottom corner.
However, only five minutes in to the second half United regained the lead, with West scoring his second with a flicked header in to the bottom corner. Again, Burnham looked for an equaliser and it duly arrived on 65 minutes with a bit of luck as well. A through ball over the Thame centre backs was met by the hand of the Burnham striker who carried on to slot the ball beyond Farrow and, with most expecting the game to be called back for hand ball, the referee allowed the goal to stand. The remainder of the game saw few opportunities for either side, but United will be pleased with this performance before the match against Oxford United on Thursday evening.