Thornbury clear after top of the table clash

February 26 2018
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Thornbury Town Football Club have gone seven points clear at the top of the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League after victory at second placed Lebeq United.

Thornbury Town Football Club have gone seven points clear at the top of the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League after victory at second placed Lebeq United.

After finishing fourth in the League for the last four seasons, Thorns manager Andy Davies added new players to his squad at the start of the season to increase competition for places, including midfielders Brandon Benjamin and Dave Jones and defender Aaron Clark. 

Recent recruits Matt Davis from Patchway Town and the returning Luke Franklin from Cribbs FC have bolstered the team further. The rest of the squad have been together for the last two or three seasons, with many of the players having played together through the club’s junior teams. 

After an early season defeat away at Hardwicke the team went on a 9 game unbeaten run, which took them to the top of the table. They are currently the League’s top scorers with some big wins under their belts including an 8-0 defeat of Little Stoke and a 6-1 victory against Patchway Town, and a run of five successive games when they scored 4 times.   In the meantime they have also reached the semi-finals of the County League Cup after victories against Henbury and Wick, and face Gala Wilton at the Mundy Fields on March 10 for a place in the final.

The team remain unbeaten at home and playing an open attacking style of football has seen crowds increase gradually. Three of the players, skipper Pete Fowler, wing-back Tom Webb and striker Craig Lancastle were all recently selected for the League representative side. 

Lancastle is the League’s leading scorer and already has 27 goals to his name this season. He has been well supported by Toby Bennett, who’s scored 11, including some stunning free kicks and Brandon Benjamin with 8.

Meanwhile the Reserve side, after a shaky start to the season, have moved up to third place in their league following two recent wins against Chalford (3-0) and Cotswold Rangers (6-1). They had become the draw specialists of their division but have only lost 2 games so far this season. The early fixtures saw a number of their U18 squad players getting an introduction to Stroud League football.

The two U18 sides also maintain top three positions in their respective divisions of the Bristol U18 Combination and with games in hand could well be challenging for the title come the end of the season.

Meanwhile the Club have submitted planning applications for the necessary ground improvements that are needed at their Mundy Fields home to enable Thorns to gain promotion to the Toolstation Western League in the event of their finishing in a promotion position. The Council decision on those plans is expected shortly.