Penn came from 2-0 down to win 4-2

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Andreas Latta

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Penn came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 and eventually overcome a spirited and good Thame Rangers side at French School Meadow on Saturday in an excellent game which had both sets of supporters experiencing all the emotions a football match can offer. The win keeps Penn on top of the league level on points with Bicester Town but with a game in hand. Penn gave a debut to recent signing from Flackwell Heath Dan Burnell who slotted in up front next to Chris Hurst. Penn started the stronger and in the 10th minute a pass from Danny Jordan released Adam Harman whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper’s feet. Penn continued to press and Casey Bocarro shot narrowly too high and Danny Burnell raced through in the 24th minute and he shot narrowly wide Thame Rangers were also having some good moments and their lively forwards were making good runs behind the Penn defence and causing a few problems. One of these incidents produced a run through on goal but Matt Cannings in the Penn goal raced out to thwart the danger which brought appeals for a penalty which were rightly waved away by the referee. In the 30th minute after a spell of Thame ascendancy an aimless through ball caused hesitation in the Penn defence and the Thame centre forward Patrick Buston expertly lobbed the onrushing Matt Cannings from 20 yards to put Thame 1-0 up.

This did not awaken the home side and in the 35th minute things got worse as, once again, Patrick Buston received the ball on the right-hand side of the Penn box and weaved his way across the penalty area and unleashed a beauty with his left foot from 20 yards which sailed into the top corner giving Matt Cannings no chance. Penn were now looking at a disaster unravelling before them but they picked themselves up and after a few forays into the Thame half their reward arrived on 42 minutes when Adam Harman was released on the right hand side of the Thame penalty area and he was in no mood to miss as he firmly struck a good low shot into the far corner to take Penn in at half time only one goal adrift which would prove to be vital.

Words of wisdom at half time obviously galvanised Penn as they came out for the second half full of purpose and energy and on 56 minutes the recovery was complete when, after great work from Adam Harman who found Danny Burnell who in turn whipped in a great low cross and there was Danny Jordan to complete a lovely move with a simple tap-in to make it all level at 2-2.

Penn were now completely in control and the comeback was completed in the 60th minute when Chris Hurst found Casey Bocarro who crossed low and hard towards the near post and the ball took a wicked deflection off the defender which completely wrong footed the Thame goalkeeper and the ball flew in at the near post to put Penn 3-2 up. Penn were now rampant and sensed more goals and on 60 minutes Chris Hurst burst into the right-hand side of the Thame penalty area and although near the goal line the Thame defender needlessly fouled him to give Penn a penalty. Danny Jordan gratefully accepted the gift, sending the goalkeeper the wrong from the resulting spot kick to put Penn in command at 4-2. Penn continued to make chances but could not add to the score and Thame also had a good opportunity for a consolation near the end when Matt Cannings made a good save with his feet to preserve the 4-2 score line and secure another hard earned three points for Penn. Credit to both teams for putting on a marvellous match for the healthy crowd and good luck to Thame for the rest of the season.

The First team now have a free week.

Team: Matt Cannings, Bradley Holland, Adam Dickens, Fred Tripp, Alex Sethi, Danny Jordan (Captain) (2), George Weller, Adam Harman (1), Casey Bocarro, Dan Burnell, Chris Hurst. Sub Used: Stephen Rogers. Subs Unused: Adam Davis, James Pritchard, Nigel Miller