Thatcham breathe a sigh of relief as Cunningham hat-trick helps side get off the mark at home
Thatcham got off the mark for the new campaign with a hard-fought 36-28 win over Slough.
Thatcham, who were relegated last season, lost both of their opening Counties 2 Tribute BBO South matches this term but rediscovered that winning feeling as a hat-trick from youngster Olly Cunningham helped them edge past Slough.
The hosts fielded one of their youngest ever sides, including four debutants, playing without fear and on the front foot throughout.
Derek Allan opened the scoring for Thatcham when he crossed after eight minutes, although Slough hit back after a quarter-of-an-hour.
The visitors moved into a two point lead and Thatcham were temporarily reduced to 14 men. However, the hosts hit back as debutant and Cricketts man-of-the-match Finn Williams and then Cunningham both touched down to move Thatcham into a 26-14 lead.
Slough responded well in the second half, closing the gap to 29-28 when Cunningham completed his hat-trick with three minutes remaining, earning Thatcham their first home win of the new season.
Thatcham, who have 11 points having been awarded a walkover win after Beaconsfield were forced to forfeit their games last month, are up to fourth and welcome local rivals Tadley next on November 4.