THAME United are facing a goalkeeping crisis ahead of their visit to Wantage Town in BetVictor Southern League Division 1 Central.

Regular stopper Craig Hill suffered a nasty head injury in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Bedford Town and is unlikely to be fit for tomorrow’s derby.

Thame beat Wantage 9-0 earlier this season, but boss Mark West is expecting a test.

He said: “They got close to Kidlington and beat North Leigh, so they are getting closer to the rest.

“We need to be as professional as we can.”

West added: “I was very pleased with our display against Bedford. We were 3-0 up by half-time, and did the job in the second half to get a good win.”

Wantage boss Matt Biddle admitted the 9-0 defeat at Thame still haunts him.

He said: “That was by far the worst moment of the season, but we had too many players with the wrong attitude and desire and they gave up too easily.

“We only have five of those players here now, and I believe we are in a much better place now and can see progress.”

Elsewhere, Julian McCalmon resigned as Kidlington manager yesterday, with Ben Sadler installed in time for tomorrow’s visit of Bedworth United.

Ex-North Leigh midfielder Dec Sheppard has joined, while MK Dons academy midfielder John Freeman has come in on loan.

James Webster (hamstring) and Owen Shaw (toe) are out and Joey Broadbank is unavailable.

Didcot Town are set to be without midfielder Ollie Thomas for at least two weeks ahead of their trip to Berkhamsted, but Jack Longford returns.

Craig Dore says North Leigh are still well-placed for a play-off push as they host Coleshill Town.

The Millers’ boss said: “We’re only five points off the play-offs, so if we can put a run together and be more consistent, we won’t be far away.”

Goalkeeper Freddie Lapworth has been recalled by Cheltenham Town, with Adam North joining as his replacement.

Mike Ford wants Banbury United to continue their play-off push at home to third-placed Peterborough Sports in Premier Central.

Sixth-placed Banbury follow tomorrow’s clash with games against fellow high-fliers Royston Town and Bromsgrove Sporting.

Ford said: “We beat Peterborough at their place earlier in the season 3-1, but they then went on a long unbeaten run.

“They will know we’re a good side and will need to be their best to turn us over, but likewise we will need to be too.

“We’re sticking in there and this last 17 games gives us an opportunity to challenge at the top end of the table.”

He added: “People may look at our next three games as being make or break, but I don’t at all.

“We will obviously look to win tomorrow, but that’s not the be-all and end-all.

“As long as we don’t lose, we keep in touch with the teams above us.”

Kynan Isaac has left the club to join Stratford Town.


Banbury Utd (v Peterborough Sports, home): from Harding, Roberts, Westbrook, Hawtin, Rasulo, Haysham, Awadh, Mills, Shamsi, Fasanmade, Odhiambo, Johnson, Macdonald, Barnett, Wright, Hughes.

Wantage Tn (v Thame Utd, home): from McKenzie-Lyle, Webster, Tuttle, Fry, Mutero, Regrugui, Singh, Martei, Shakti, McKeon, Sykes, Shaw, Glover, Ibie, Sule, Hartley, Jones, McGory, Broadley, Freeman, Sheppard.

Thame Utd (v Wantage Tn, away): from Hill, Lynn, Mapley, Hackett, Davies, Essex, Ashworth, West, Murray, Evans, Simms, Harris, Blake, Toney-Green, Peake-Pijnen, Balogun, Sturgess, Tack.

North Leigh (v Coleshill Tn, home): from North, Ngathe, Gunn, Learoyd, McSkelly, Grant, M Williams, Woodley, L Williams, McNish, Seacole, Gillett, Alexis, Landers, Alabi.

Didcot Tn (v Berkhamsted, home): from Bedwell, Carnell, Green, Isaac, Nash, Hayden, Silva, Francis, Dark, Reid, Collins, Stanley, Bell, Humphries, Longford, Gilmore, Talboys.

Kidlington (v Bedworth Utd, home): from Lawrence, Blackstock, Castle, Martin, West, Gabbidon, Willoughby, Benjamin, A Odhiambo, E Odhiambo, Howards, Tooke, Williams, Smith, Peart, Osborne-Ricketts.