Exciting season ahead for Thornbury Town
Thornbury Town update by Malcolm Carr
THE games have been coming thick and fast since Thornbury Town's season started on August 3.
The first team started life in the Hellenic Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Tuffley Rovers, courtesy of goals from Frazer Moss and Rhys Hodgson.
This set them up for their first ever home match in the Emirates FA Cup, against Royal Wootton Bassett Town. However, in front of a crowd of over 200, Thorns didn’t rise to the occasion and the visitors enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Three more games against early pacemakers Corsham Town, Fairford Town and Bishops Cleeve showed just how competitive this league will be. An Elliott Gardner header from a corner earned Town a point in a 1-1 draw at Corsham, whilst the home game against Fairford saw Hodgson give Thorns the lead before the visitors proved the stronger in the second half, edging a 2-1 win.
The trip to early league leaders Bishops Cleeve saw Town match their hosts for a lot of the game, but a 15 minute spell in the second half saw Thorns lose their shape and subsequently lose the game 2-0.
Whilst the results have not always gone their way, Town have shown they can compete at this level of football, and an exciting season lies ahead.
Most of the club's other sides start their seasons early in September, including the girls' teams: the growth in girls and women’s football has not been lost on the club's committee, which is expanding its junior section to include three sides, at U10, U12 and U14 levels.
The club is always looking out for prospective new players, including those who have never played before, and anyone interested in joining will be made welcome. In the first instance, please contact the girls teams' coordinator Jack Harrison-Bond on 07539 471637 for more information.
The junior boys section continues to go from strength to strength and, with the addition of a new under 9s team, they now cater for U7s up to U18s. Again, any boys interested in playing should contact the relevant age group manager, whose details can be found on the club website.
Thorns are also looking to recruit some more match day helpers: anyone who would like to get involved should call chairman Pete Webber on 07732 466606.
Whilst it is a voluntary role, helpers will get free entry to games and a cup of tea!
Town are also looking to appoint a match-day physio, which may well suit a student studying physiotherapy or sports science at university: contact Pete Webber or Malcolm Carr (07737 163118) for more details.