Thornbury Town's title challenge still alive
THORNBURY Town are maintaining their challenge at the top of the Hellenic League Division One West table with seven games left to play.
A weekend away from league action to play a Supplementary Cup quarter-final against Fairford Town – which Thorns won 5-2 after extra time – left them 6 points behind top-of-the-table Easington Sports but with two games in hand.
A stop/start couple of months has seen games postponed for various reasons unconnected with the weather and, in fact, Town went six Saturdays without a game. Midweek cup fixtures have at least helped to maintain fitness levels, although they made their exit from the Subsidiary Cup at the hands of Malmesbury Victoria and the Floodlit Cup at Ardley United.
League fixtures have proved to be more profitable, with two wins and a draw from the three games played since the beginning of February. A local derby against Tytherington Rocks saw Town beat them for the fourth time this season, although the 2-0 result – courtesy of two second-half goals from leading scorer Craig Lancastle – was much closer than previous scorelines.
Another local derby against Almondsbury on March 2 saw Town secure an emphatic 4-1 win in front of a crowd of over 100. The day had started well, with Assistant Manager Nathan Irwin being presented with the Hellenic League Team of the Month Award for December before the game. The team then celebrated the occasion by playing some of their best football of the season, with Matt Davis grabbing a hat-trick and Asher Budd scoring the fourth.
On March 9 Thorns made the trip to Banbury to play Easington Sports and a tight, wind-affected match ended 0-0 – the first time that either side had drawn a game this season. Both sides had chances and penalty appeals rejected.
This first season at this level of football has been a learning curve for all at the club, but the committee are keen to strengthen and move the whole club, from junior to senior level, forward. To this end they are holding a workshop at the clubroom at the Mundy Fields on March 25, from 7pm, for anyone looking to help develop the club, increase participation and increase our links with the town.