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Town knocked out by a one-two-three

Floodlit Cup exit makes it three setbacks in a row

Malcolm Howe



Town knocked out by a one-two-three

Josh Helmore - Town opener

Thatcham Town 2 Brimscombe and Thrupp 4

THATCHAM completed a hat-trick of disappointments in eight days when crashing out of the Hellenic League’s Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup in Wednesday night’s semi-final at Waterside Park.

Brimscombe, who had conceded eight goals in their two previous away outings, added to Town’s end of season dismay that saw them toppled as leaders by Kidlington and bow out of the League Cup to Brackley Town Saints on Saturday.

They were first to strike on Wednesday night when Josh Helmore curled a shot past goalkeeper Steve Sparrow, but the visitors got back on terms just before the break when Ben Prictor’s hammered cross was converted by Josh Russell and they were in front five minutes after the re-start when Sam Blackie set up Billy Jones to score.

Russell struck again with 20 minutes to go, although Thatcham tried to come back with Callum Willmoth clipping the woodwork and Tom Browne pulling one back from the spot.

But their hopes were quickly scotched when Blackie went through alone to fie past Chris Rackley and seal a final appearance for his side against Ascot United.

Thatcham now gave four remaining league games in which to press for a likely runners-up spot, starting with Saturday’s trip to Royal Wootton Bassett Town and Tuesday’s visit of Tuffley Rovers.

Tadley Calleva continue their chase for runners-up spot in the Sydenhams Wessex League's first division when they play two home game against teams from the lower reaches of the table.

They have Pewsey Vale at Barlows Park on Saturday and Andover New Street as Tuesday night visitors.


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