THIRD-BOTTOM Woodley United crashed to a 4-1 Division One East defeat at Thame Rangers last Wednesday.

The Kestrels fell behind on four minutes when Patrick Buston turned, held off a couple of challenges and beat Adam Thomson in the Woodley goal with a placed shot into the right corner from 12 yards.

Despite having little possession, it was United who carved out the next couple of chances.

Max Laschok forced a good save from the edge of the box, while debutant Richard Bennett saw his effort destined for the top left corner excellently saved by Thame stopper Archie Davis.

Between Joe Brittain and Conor Harris having shots well blocked by Woodley centre back Harry Swabey, a Bennett ball down the left channel found Laschok.

Cutting in from the wing he was again denied by Davis before seeing his follow up cleared off the line.

Nine minutes before the break the hosts doubled their advantage when an unmarked Brittain fired into the roof of the net at the back post from a deep free-kick.

Rangers ended the half strongly. Thomson did really well to save a Calvin Evans strike heading for the top corner, while Lewis Thorne was desperately unlucky to see his shot from 20 yards hit the underside of the bar.

After Woodley midfielder Harry Hawkins shot well over, Thame increased their lead when Evans placed a free-kick into the right corner on 54 minutes.

Chances were few and far between for Woodley after the restart, although Bennett had a shot blocked as the visitors were left frustrated.

Thame right-back Harrison Mepham, who had a very good game getting forward at every chance, shot narrowly over before Thorne sealed the three points with a tidy finish 12 minutes from time.

Sixty seconds later Woodley got a consolation when Sam Guze slotted home after rounding Davis following a Bennett pass, but the damage had already been done.

The final stages saw the home team hit the post from close range, while United right back Freddie Barron dragged a difficult chance wide.

Woodley's next game is at Holyport on Saturday, November 16.

AFC Aldermaston return to league action at home to Marlow United on Saturday (3pm).

Reading City endured a frustrating week as their Premier Division games at Holmer Green on Tuesday and Brimsombe & Thrupp on Saturday were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

Reading City travel to Bishops Cleeve this Saturday (3pm).