Storms wash out Town’s home fixtures

March 02 2020

THE incessant wet weather continues to play havoc with Thornbury Town’s season as they try to gain a top four finish in the Hellenic Division One West and ensure promotion to the Premier Division for next season.

Four games have been postponed in the last month, all at their Mundy Fields home.

A trip to bottom of the table New College Swindon saw a comfortable 6-0 victory, with leading scorers Craig Lancastle and Harry Brock both netting twice, and Rhys Hodgson and Brandon Benjamin adding the other two. Whilst Thorns were still not at their best, it was a welcome win after the defeat at Malvern Town a couple of weeks earlier.

The only other league outing was the trip to Nailsworth, where Thornbury took on Shortwood United. Missing a number of first team regulars, it was a close affair, with little to choose between the two sides. Half-time came with the game goalless, although Shortwood had the better chances in the first period, but keeper Alex Lippiatt pulled off a couple of good saves. The second half saw Town press forward more and they took the lead after 50 minutes, when Craig Lancastle’s pass across the penalty area was turned in by Harry Brock.

Thorns appeared to be holding on to their lead fairly comfortably until 20 minutes from time, when Shortwood were awarded a free kick just outside the area. The effort on goal was handled by a defender and Luke Soule netted the resultant penalty kick to equalise. Then, just as Town looked as though they would hang on for a draw, in the third minute of stoppage time they failed to clear their lines and Adam Philp netted the winner for Shortwood.

Thornbury’s GFA Challenge Trophy run also ended when they lost on penalties to Cribbs Reserves. Thorns had been leading 2-0, following a Luke Franklin strike and an own goal. However after going down to 10 men following a harsh sending-off, Cribbs pulled a goal back and then netted an equaliser in stoppage time, before going on to win the penalty shoot out 4-2.

The Reserves and Third team fixtures have also been badly affected by waterlogged pitches and following a comprehensive 8-0 thrashing of Hartcliffe at the end of January a disappointing display at home to Bradley Stoke Reserves saw them slump to a 2-4 defeat. The victory against Hartcliffe was never in doubt with two goals apiece from Harrison Young, Cam Drew and Dom Ball, with Joe Wisby and Tom Clare netting one each. The youngsters led twice against Bradley Stoke with goals from Young and Drew, but poor defending saw the visitors wrap up all three points.

The Third team’s quest for County Cup silverware ended at the semi-final stage, when they lost 0-3 at home to higher ranked Little Stoke A, but their undefeated run at the top of the league table continues, their latest win being a 3-0 victory against visiting St Nicholas Reserves. Matt Chapman netted the first, with second half goals from Matt Smith and Grant Sage wrapping up the win.

Malcolm Carr