Amersham Town have lost their opening games in every one of the past twelve seasons so this victory was particularly welcome. It was also hard earned against a good Thame side playing their first match in this league.
For the first twenty five minutes, in spite of some enterprising football neither team troubled the keeper. Thame were shading the half and had the best opportunity on thirty five minutes when a slip in the Amersham defence let in Kyle Bestley but his shot went wide of the post. Just when it looked as if the half would end goalless Amersham broke the deadlock. From beyond the left hand edge of the penalty area Harry Bennett’s powerful free kick found the opposite corner of the net.
The second half was equally hard fought. Town keeper Michael Moore pulled off a fine save diving to his left to palm away a goal bound shot. Then Thame’s Patrick Buston was put clear but his lobbed shot cleared the bar as Moore came out. Town also had their chances. On sixty nine minutes a lovely Amersham move found Harry Bennett running behind the Thame defence but his shot was blocked. Then, from nothing, Amersham increased their lead. There seemed no danger as Nick Kerley cut in from the right thirty five yards from goal. But he then released a pile driver which ripped into the net past a startled Charlie Barnett in the Thame goal.
Town then saw out the game to keep a clean sheet.
Town, under manager James Hall and assistant Mick Walsh, can be well pleased with their evening’s work. On a superb playing surface on a warm summer’s evening with the sun setting behind the Chiltern Hills and watched by a healthy crowd, both teams did justice to their surroundings.
Amersham Town: Moore, Adu-Adjei, Fowler, Mejzini, Deritis, Adeyemi, Line, Regan, Kerley, Nash-Barker, Bennett, Subs. Symons, Salami, Nott, A Hall.