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Thatcham Town boss Jamie Leacock pleased after returning to winning ways against South Park in Isthmian League South Central

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Thatcham Town manager Jamie Leacock was delighted with his side’s reaction after they beat South Park 3-1 in the Isthmian League South Central.

The win for the Kingfishers was their first since December 18 and it leaves them in 11th place in the table.

It came just four days after they lost 2-1 to Faversham Town in the Velocity Cup and Leacock asked his side for a response after their exit.

Lamin Ceesay takes on his player
Lamin Ceesay takes on his player

“I was quite honest last week about how I felt about our performance on Tuesday and how important the game was on the weekend.

“To be fair, I try not to put pressure on the lads, but after Tuesday’s performance and the three good games we had before that I put more pressure on them then I normally would because it wasn’t acceptable and we needed a performance and a result given the face South Park were near us in the table.

“It was important they delivered and played really well as well as getting the win and I was ecstatic.”

Simeon Weekes tries to win a header
Simeon Weekes tries to win a header

Thatcham found themselves behind on Saturday inside 12 minutes, but Nathan Jones, Harvey Harry and Glenn Gabriel all scored to secure the win.

“It shows the character of the boys to accept any criticism and play under pressure and when you go 1-0 down after 10 minutes, it could have been difficult.

“I also don’t think everyone knows, but we lost our skipper Josh Edwards in the warm-up.

“He has been one of our strongest players and to lose of your main centre-halves could have made it a tough day.”

Thatcham now get themselves ready for a clash away to league leaders Bracknell Town and Leacock has challenged his side to get a result.

“To get that win against South Park gives us a bit of a points cushion on teams below us and we can go to Bracknell now and enjoy the game.

“Nobody expects us to win, but we will go there and give it a go and one day they’re going to have to get beat by somebody and why can’t that be us?”

A Thatcham player strikes from distance
A Thatcham player strikes from distance

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