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Penn & Tyler Green 2017

Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tylers Green FC travelled to Thame Rangers on Tuesday night and came away with an impressive 3-1 win in a very competitive excellent match which saw them move closer to Bicester at the top of the league with two games in hand.

To say Penn started well would be an understatement as in the third minute Casey Bocarro gathered the ball on the half way line and went on a mazy run through the Thame defence until he was unceremoniously hacked down 25 yards from goal which also resulted in an early booking for the Thame No.5. From the resulting free kick Casey Bocarro executed a brilliant low free kick around the Thame wall and into the bottom right hand corner of the net leaving the Thame goalkeeper no chance. 1-0. In the next 20 minutes, more chances came Penn’s way as Fred Tripp and then Jamie West failed to connect with good low crosses. Jamie West then headed over from a precision cross from Fred Tripp. Corners were scrambled away and then in the 23rd minute Penn added to the score line when Josh Fox made one of his trademark 25 yard across the pitch diagonal passes over the defender’s head right into the path of Fred Tripp who honed in on goal and waited for the advancing goalkeeper to commit before expertly chipping over him for goal number two.

Thame gradually came back into the game and caused Penn some problems with their quick counter attacking moves and had chances of their own. One notable chance was a low free kick around the Penn “D” which evaded defenders and attackers alike, only for the ball to come back off the post for a relieved Penn defence to finally clear. Penn had a good penalty appeal turned down in the 40th minute when Fred Tripp was pushed over In the Thame penalty area, and this proved to be the last action of the first half and Penn took a deserved lead of 2-0 into the half time break.

Thame came out for the second half and immediately began to enjoy their best spell of the match and had a couple of good chances with a header narrowly over and some shots blocked by the resolute Penn defence. Penn were now the team counter attacking and from one break Jamie West put in a low cross from the right which was just behind the onrushing Fred Tripp. Jordan Gumbs also came forward from right back to thunder a shot over the bar. On 65 minutes Thame were rewarded for their pressure when a foul by Brad Holland resulted in a free kick on the edge of the Penn area and it was superbly despatched low to Matt Canning’s right hand and into the bottom corner. 2-1 Game on!

They say you are most vulnerable when you have scored and so it was to be as Penn kicked off and after a neat interchange of passes involving George Weller and Adam Davies, Josh Fox, as he was all night, was released down the left wing and he evaded two robust challenges to deliver a precise cross which was a gilt-edged invitation for the incoming Fred Tripp to tap into the net from six yards; 3-1, two goal cushion restored immediately. Penn survived a determined Thame effort to get back into the game and for the last ten minutes had to show their defensive qualities to quell a number of Thame forays into Penn territory. A couple of good headed chances were squandered and a great diving save from Matt Cannings maintained Penn’s two goal lead.

Penn finally had the last word in the last minute when an beautifully weighted pass from Jamie West released Penn substitute Nile O’Meally Newell to race clear on goal and he was brought down outside the penalty area by the Thame goalkeeper which resulted in a red card for the goalkeeper and a free kick to Penn which was well taken by George Weller but the stand in goalkeeper made an excellent save low to his right. That was the last action of the night and Penn could look back on an excellent team performance and a deserved win on the night against a very good, resilient and skilful Thame Rangers side.

Next up this Saturday is a Berks & Bucks Cup tie against Buckingham Athletic from the Spartan League and that also promises to be another good test for Penn.

Team: M. Cannings, J. Gumbs, B. Holland, JJ. Lofthouse-Smith, J. Fox, D. Blatchford, G. Weller, A. Davies, C. Bocarro (1), J. West, F. Tripp (2). Subs: N. O’Meally-Newell (for C. Bocarro), A. Harman (for D. Blatchford), D. Jordan, A. Bradley, J Pritchard