Cup triumph for Thornbury Town
THORNBURY Town finished their season with a trophy after narrowly missing out on a second successive title.
They won the Hellenic League’s Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup with a 2-1 victory over Division One East outfit Wallingford Town, at the home of Southern League club Thame United. After a goalless first half, defender Nathan Sage gave Thorns the lead when he headed home a corner. Wallingford equalised shortly after but Craig Lancastle scored the winning goal six minutes from time, below. A large contingent of supporters had made the journey and were able to join in the celebrations with the team.
After securing promotion last term as Gloucestershire County League champions, Town’s debut season in the Hellenic League Division One West was a step into the unknown but the players took it in their stride: they were firmly in the mix for a second successive title before being edged into third position, four points behind eventual champions Easington Sports. Town’s 2-2 draw against Newent Town in their final fixture, in front of a crowd of just under 300, allowed Cheltenham Saracens, who won their last match two days later, to take the runners-up spot by a single point.
As the season ended manager Andy Davies announced he was taking a break from management, after six years in the hot seat, although he is staying with the club in a committee role. He has overseen what has probably been the most successful period in the club’s history, winning four trophies and achieving the club’s highest ever level of non-league football.
New manager Jason Rees, and ex-Thornbury player, was appointed on May 25, with Gary Kemp made his assistant manager.
The End of Season Presentation Evening saw Richard Shorey and Andy Davies pick up the Presidents Trophy and Clubman of the Year awards respectively, whilst Archie Griffiths and Jack Smith picked up Players’ Player and Manager’s Player awards for the Reserves. The Golden Boot award went to Craig Lancastle for his 32 goals in 34 games. Star of the show was goalkeeper Kurtis Parkin, who collected the Supporters’, Players’ and Manager’s Player of the Year awards after a fantastic debut season – the first time ever that one player has taken all three awards.
The committee is now busy behind the scenes preparing for next season and anyone looking to get involved is welcome. Prospective new players are also welcome as Town start a new third team. Contact the club via thornburytownfc.co.uk online.
Photos by Tom Shorey