EVO-STIK South - East Division: Thame Utd 1 Cambridge City 0
City did their play-off hopes no favours as they failed to take advantage of slip-ups by teams ahead of them in the table, producing a well below par performance as they slumped to defeat against mid-table Thame.
Rushden, Beaconsfield, Hayes and Hartley Wintney all lost, but any chance of gaining ground on their rivals was lost, City falling to a single goal defeat while failing to muster a single shot on target.
Thame had already come close to scoring when a howler by keeper Charlie Bannister in the 16th minute was clinically seized upon by Thameís leading scorer, Dan West. West was an obvious threat having netted twice in the sides previous encounter earlier in the season, and when Bannister kicked his goalkick straight to the striker, he took full advantage, racing from the halfway line, holding off a challenge and slotting home.
City looked out of sorts, and although they enjoyed plenty of the ball, they could not make any serious headway or present any real threat to the home goal. Thame on the other hand looked the most likely to add to the scoring and Luke Ricketts saw his header drift narrowly wise as halftime approached.
Thame were still on the front foot after the break and Bannister did well to smother Lynton Gossís effort and prevent the home side doubling their lead.
Just as in the first half, City had plenty of the ball, but did little or nothing with it. Thame were happy to invite City onto them and always posed a threat with the twin prong attack of West and Goss, and it was good work by the pair in the 70th minute that provided Goss with a sight of goal, however, Bannister saved well down to his right.
With the minutes ticking away, City applied plenty of pressure, but to no avail and a Jordan Gent header that sailed over the bar was as good as it got for the Lilywhites.
1. Charlie Bannister
2. Ben Robinson
3. Adam Capel
4. Ross Paterson (c)
5. Jordan Gent
6. Jordan Williams
7. Daniel Cheema
8. Ryan Towner
9. Lewis Wilson
12.James Hall (9-77)
14.Nathan Olukanmi (7-53)
15.Ben Seymour-Shove (11-62)
Thame United: 1.Craig Hill, 2.Harry Mepham, 3.David Lynn, 4.Jamie Essex, 5.James McGowan (c), 6.Tom Ashworth, 7.Aston Goss, 8.Lynton Goss, 9.Adam Morris, 10.Dan West (goal 16), 11.Luke Ricketts
Subs: 12.Calvin Evans, 14.Matt Johnson (8-90), 15.Finlay Murray
Referee: Andrew Loe
Assistants: Costandinos Christodoulou and Neal Templey
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