Thornbury happy to win ugly
THORNBURY returned to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over a Cullompton side desperate for a win themselves, in an absorbing but scrappy game.
Cullompton had endured a difficult season and found themselves deep in the relegation zone but had seen their performances and results improve recently, and given that Thornbury had only won once at Stafford Park before, a home win seemed a distinct possibility.
With a low sun illuminating a heavy pitch, well-watered by a morning of rain, Cullompton kicked off and began the match much better than Thornbury.
They dominated possession and territory and Thornbury couldn’t get their hands on the ball. The match had been underway nine minutes before Thornbury took play into the home half for the first time.
Cullompton took the lead on eleven minutes when a quick pass put wing Josh Luxon in at the corner flag. The conversion was missed but Cullompton’s 5-0 lead was well-deserved.
Early in the second quarter Thornbury stole a Cullompton line-out and attacked in midfield, earning a penalty. Jake Wood stepped up and opened Thornbury’s account but half-time came with Cullompton 5-3 ahead.
Thornbury looked a much more confident side at the start of the second half. They piled on the pressure deep in the home 22 and a try looked likely, but the Cullompton defence was up quickly and kept their line intact.
Thornbury then earned a penalty and Jake Woodput the ball into the corner. The forwards secured the line-out and drove over the line for a try, with Sam Evanscoming up with the ball. The conversion was a whisker wide but Thornbury were 8-5 ahead, a lead they would hang onto despite eight minutes of stoppage time.