Table toppers Thornbury look to title - and the Western League
Thornbury Town increased their lead at the top of the table with a slender 1-0 win at Rockleaze Rangers.
On a very difficult pitch for both sides a good proportion of the play was in midfield with both sides struggling to create chances.
The home side battled well against the leaders and it was they who created the first half chance with a shot on target from Dan Webb that went straight to keeper Tom Sheppard after 14 minutes.
At the other end Towns first effort on goal came from a Toby Webb free kick but that found home keeper Will Stabb. Thornbury got the only goal of the game on 29 minutes after the home side failed to clear and gave away a penalty trying to do so. Craig Lancastle stepped up and fired the ball home.
The visitors had several half chances to increase their lead but failed to hit the target. Right on half time Stabb was called into action tipping the ball over the bar. The nearest the visitors came to scoring a second goal was a brilliant header from Brandon Benjamin in the 48th minute that beat Stabb but hit the crossbar.
As well as the promotion push, the club are also in the Les James League Cup Final against Frampton United on the 12th May at Stonehouse Town.
There was good news off the pitch too as the club learnt that their bid for planning permission for floodlights and a perimeter fence to the Mundy Playing Fields pitch has been approved.
Representatives from the Toolstation Western League have visited the Mundy Playing Fields and the inspection confirmed that the facilities meet the League’s criteria and the club’s application for promotion will now go through to the Football Association.