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Town out to keep the gap at the top

Ten point lead in run-up to Kidlington showdown

Malcolm Howe

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Town out to keep the gap at the top

THATCHAM TOWN have to negotiate two games in advance of their top of the table showdown with Kidlington on March 22, looking for maximum points to keep the pressure on the side leading the chase of the leaders.

Kidlington currently trail Thatcham by 10 points and have four games in hand but, said co-manager Gareth Thomas: “They’ve go to win their games in hand, meaning we are making them do something and not them making us do something.

“And the game with the is massive and if we can beat them at ours then we’ve got a hand on it.”

Thatcham have a quick return meeting with Thame United on Saturday, having beaten them with a last-gasp goal at Waterside Park last week, and the following Saturday they go to Lydney Town while Kidlington have games at Highworth and Ardley and at home to Abingdon United before the vital showdown.

Tadley Calleva entertain ‘bogey’ side Downton on Saturday, if the Barlows Park surface recovers from a drenching this week.

An eight-match unbeaten run has manager Danny Dolan still believing that his side can sneak up into the top two in the Wessex League’s Division One with 15 games still to play.

“It’s going to be a tall order,” he said, “but I don’t think second place is out of reach for a lot of teams. If we win our games in hand, it’s a different ball game.”

Tadley have Grant Powell, Nick Kingston and Josh Drew all likely to be added to the squad that won 4-1 at East Cowes Vics in midweek.

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