THAME United’s poor run of form is a major frustration for boss Mark West.

The Oxfordshire side have lost three of their last four games to fall six points off the BetVictor Southern League Division 1 Central play-offs.

West lamented his side’s bad luck ahead of tomorrow’s trip to St Neots Town as they bid to put last weekend’s late 2-1 defeat to Berkhamsted behind them.

Thame led 1-0, before a contentious penalty and an injury time strike condemned them to defeat.

West said: “We’re not getting the rub of the green.

“Whatever we seem to be doing doesn’t seem to be paying off.

“The lads worked so hard last week and to lose in stoppage time was a bit gutting.

“We’ve been on the end of a few decisions, but I know we can turn it around, and we are due a bit of luck.”

Thame have a clean bill of health, with 18-year-old Oxford United loanee Jack Stevens available again after coming on as a substitute against Berkhamsted.

After picking up four points from their last two games, Didcot Town return to Loop Meadow for the visit of Bedworth United.

Jack Longford and Jack Powell remain doubtful with thigh and Achilles injuries respectively, while Josh Pin and George Reid remain long-term absentees.

The Railwaymen picked up a useful point at Daventry Town last weekend and boss Jamie Heapy was delighted at his side’s resolve.

He said: “The boys stood up well to Daventry’s physicality last weekend, which was pleasing to see.

“It was pleasing to get another clean sheet too – we were solid at the back.

“The boys are working so hard for each other and the spirit is excellent.

“We just need to stay consistent and go on a little run.”

Wantage Town host Bedford Town having picked up only their fourth point of the season with a midweek draw against Yaxley.

Boss Matt Biddle said: “In the light of a heavy defeat on the Saturday, we went for a new formation and it paid off. We stuck to the task and came away with a well-deserved point.”

Owen Shaw (toe) and Sean McKeon (unavailable) miss out, but Ross Roberts looks set to return from a knee injury, as does Dan James.

After having yet another home game postponed in midweek, North Leigh face the daunting task of a trip to second-placed Corby Town.

Ben Sadler claimed his first win as Kidlington boss against AFC Dunstable on Wednesday, but he is without Tommy Castle, Tom Franklin, Jim Glover and Kaylem Patterson for the trip to Yaxley.

In Premier Central, Banbury United will hope to arrest a mini-slump at Kings Langley.

A goalless draw at Hitchin last week means Banbury have not won in the league since January 4 – a run which has seen them drop to 11th and out of play-off contention.


Banbury Utd (v Kings Langley, away): from Harding, Roberts, Ngaah Bosio, Westbrook, Hawtin, Henderson, Rasulo, Johnson, Awadh, Mills, Wright, Fasanmade, Shamsi, Walker, Odhiambo, Wilson.

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

Thame Utd (v St Neots, away): from Hill, Lynn, Mapley, Hackett, Essex, Ashworth, West, Simms, Harris, Blake, Peake-Pijnen, Sturgess, Tack, Tutton, Goss, Stevens,

North Leigh (v Corby Tn, away): from North, Isherwood, Stanley, Learoyd, Gunn, Atkinson, Landers, Alabi, Grant, McNish, L Williams, Seacole, M Williams, Gillett, Woodley, Alexis.

Wantage Tn (v Bedford Tn, home): from McKenzie-Lyle, Tuttle, Fry, Singh, Broadley, Ibie, Sule, Lee, Martei, Sheppard, Freeman, Mutero, James, Webster, Alhassan, Adegoke, Jones.

Kidlington (v Yaxley, away): Lawrence, Davidson, Flanagan, Moore, Peart, West, Mattimore, Morton, Robertson, London, Gillett, Benjamin, Willoughby, Tooke.