Thornbury Town carry on where they left off with 3-0 win
THE new Uhlsport Hellenic League season got underway for Thornbury Town on September 12 with a trip to Clanfield.
Coronavirus restrictions meant an unusual afternoon for everyone but it was good to get back to playing football again – and in front of supporters.
Thorns carried on where they left off last season with a clinical 3-0 win. Following two goals from ace marksman Craig Lancastle, a third from Marcus Wormwell sealed the victory.
Town then had their first home game for eight months the following Tuesday. A crowd of over 100 witnessed an entertaining 0-0 draw with Hereford Lads Club.
The Club’s Covid officer Brian Lansdown, with other members of the committee, had worked tirelessly to meet Government and FA guidelines and the procedures put in place worked well to make the ground as safe as possible for all supporters.
Thorns have been accepted into the FA Vase again this season and started their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at Abingdon Town, with Harry Brock (2) and Brandon Benjamin getting the goals. The next round sees Abingdon United visit the Mundys on October 10, with a 3pm kick-off.
Town have retained most of last season’s squad and manager Jason Rees has added a number of new recruits to create more competition for places. All at the club are hoping for another successful season.
Elsewhere, the Reserves made a great start to their new season, following promotion, with a 5-2 win at Hartcliffe. Harrison Young netted twice, with Matt Constable, Cam Drew and Joe Wisby completing the scoring.
They followed this up with a 4-0 win at Olveston United Reserves, with Young and Constable again on the scoresheet. Ollie Wilson and Tom Clare netted the other two.
Meanwhile the Thirds, having been promoted two divisions, are taking a little time to settle into the higher level. They managed a draw against Iron Acton but suffered defeats against AFC Mangotsfield and Oldland Abbotonians, before hammering Lawrence Rovers 5-0.
The new Under-18 side get their season under way on September 20 and the Thorns are pleased to welcome their new coach Alastair Foale to the club.
Alastair has a Level 2 coaching qualification and the Club are now looking for an assistant to work with him. Town are also looking for a coach to work with their newly formed U11 girls team, and anyone interested in either of these roles should contact club chairman Pete Webber on 07732 466606.
Off the field Thorns have been running a crowdfunder appeal to raise donations to offset the impact that the pandemic has had on club finances.
They had hit the £10,000 target by the beginning of October and had stretched it to £15,000 before the appeal closes on October 8.
They would encourage any supporters, ex-players and anyone with an interest in helping the club to make a donation, no matter how small, in “exchange” for various rewards.
For more detailsvisit the club website or crowdfunder.co.uk/thornbury-town-fc-covid-recovery-fundraiser.