Rain plays havoc with Thornbury Town's season
CONSTANT rain has upset Thornbury Town’s routine, with five consecutive games being postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
They played just one game in the whole of December, and that involved a trip to league leaders Hereford Pegasus, who, because of their artificial pitch, had been able to play regularly throughout the month.
Thorns found it difficult to adapt to the surface and whilst Craig Lancastle came close to giving Town the lead early on it was Pegasus who took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break. The second half saw an improved performance from Town and they pulled a goal back through leading scorer Lancastle but struggled to carve out any other openings to gain the draw that they perhaps just about deserved.
The following Saturday saw Malmesbury Victoria visit the Mundys for what was going to be another difficult test for Thorns. The visitors were also in the hunt for promotion at the time but Town ran out comfortable 4-2 winners in the end, with Lancastle netting a hat-trick and fellow striker Harry Brock scoring the other goal.
A GFA Challenge Trophy tie against old rivals from the County League, Patchway Town saw Town repeat the previous Saturday’s scoreline, with the first goal coming when a Patchway defender headed a cross into his own net. Another goal from Harry Brock and two from Jacob Farthing saw Town run out comfortable winners.
Town’s first ever trip to Malvern Town is one that they will want to forget. Malvern are the only side to have beaten Thorns at home in the league and they again proved what a good, strong, skilful side they are, winning 6-1 with three goals in each half. Lancastle netted Town’s consolation in stoppage time at the end of the game. The result saw Malvern leapfrog Thorns, who dropped into fourth place in the league.
Town's home game against Moreton Rangers on January 18 was also postponed, which means they have now played five fewer games than top side Hereford Pegasus.
The Reserves and Third team have also had games postponed because of the wet weather. The Reserves still maintain a mid-table position in their league but suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat in the County Cup quarter finals away at Marshfield, having led 2-0 at half time.
However the Third team remain undefeated at the top of the table and had more success in their County Cup tie, reaching the semi-finals following a 3-2 win against MPK Lofts.
Picture of Thornbury Town in action against Malvern Town courtesy of Cliff Williams