Wasted chances cost dear
Rovers were quickly into their stride against their visitors play-off contenders Thame United. Wingers Tony Williams and Victor Osubu were both lively early on and a crude tackle as early as the 6th minute on Williams led to a yellow card for Thame's captain Ben Sturgess. The Rovers dominance paid off with 13 minutes gone when a low Osubu right wing cross was forced home by the alert Charlie Clayton to put Rovers in front. Williams had the ball in the net for Rovers again after 17 minutes but was flagged for a marginal looking offside and the 'goal' didn't stand. Thame forced their way into this contest when some shoddy Rovers defending allowed Lynton Goss the Thame centre forward to fire an equalising goal with 23 minutes gone. Back came Rovers and Charlie Clayton will be ruing a miss after 26 minutes when he shot wide of goal having done all the hard work. It was Clayton on the end of a Williams cross once more after 30 minutes but, with the goal gaping Charlie lobbed over and was not the darling of the home fans. These misses then backfired on Rovers when, once again, they let themselves down defensively at a corner and allowed Thame centre half Andy Gledhill to bundle the ball home and his side in front for the first time. Rovers left back Gary Jones then laid it on a plate for Clayton with a pin point left wing cross but, once again, Charlie fluffed his lines and headed over the bar. The last of the first half action was a Drew Phillips miss when clean through on goal just 4 minutes from the whistle and Thame went in a goal to the good at half-time.
Thame were into their stride immediately at the start of the second half and their early pressure paid off on 51 minutes when, from a corner, Dan West made it 1-3 when he headed home via the underside of the bar but questions again of the defensive work by Rovers. Back came Rovers though when Osubu fired home from a Clayton through ball after 58 minutes to breath life into the cause. Clayton fired over from good position on 65 minutes but, from the resultant goal-kick, Thame's Liam Tack picked the ball up midway into the Rovers half and blasted the goal of the game from all of 35 yards. Thame now 2 goals in front and the Rovers heads sinking and, with the exception of two late off-target efforts from Phillips, Thame dominated the closing stages and might have added to their tally with more clinical finishing. A day to forget for Rovers who will rue once more the wasteful finishing to some fine lead-up work in the first half.
Rovers have an away day at table-topping Peterborough Sports this Saturday.
Final Score Barton Rovers 2 (Clayton 13, Osubu 58) Thame United 4 (Goss 23, Gledhill 35, West 51, Tack 66)