Thornbury Town find their form in league and FA Vase
AFTER an indifferent start to the new season, which coincided with a number of key players missing, Thornbury Town have found their form, winning 8 of their last 9 games at the time of writing.
Whilst their early exit from the Emirates FA Cup was disappointing, they have won their way through 3 rounds of the Buildbase FA Vase, which is also a national competition, with the Final played at Wembley. Having comprehensively beaten Cheltenham Saracens in the 1st Qualifying Round, Thorns travelled to Wokingham & Emmbrook at the next stage and came away with a hard-earned victory, courtesy of a goal from leading scorer Craig Lancastle.
The 1st Round Proper saw Town make the long journey to Salisbury to take on Wessex League side Downton. The hosts were very much an unknown quantity but sat in second place in their league and Town’s manager Jason Rees knew they would be in for a hard game. However, despite very wet conditions the team hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon and came away with a convincing 4-0 win with goals from Tom Webb, Harry Brock, Craig Lancastle and Luke Franklin.
The 2nd Round draw has given Town a local derby, having been drawn at home to Toolstation Western League side Cribbs. The tie is due to be played at Mundy Playing Fields on Sunday November 3 at 3pm.
The cup success saw Town fall behind with their league fixtures, but four consecutive victories has seen them climb up to second spot in the Hellenic League Division One West. A narrow win at Moreton Rangers was followed by two memorable home victories, firstly against Hereford Pegasus (5-3), where Harry Brock netted a hat-trick and Craig Lancastle the other two. The previously unbeaten Hereford Lads Club then visited midweek and, in front of a good sized crowd, goals from Rhys Hodgson and Marcus Wormwell completed a 2-0 victory. A convincing win against New College Swindon then followed to set the team up for their trip to Downton.
Meanwhile the Reserves and A team have started their new adventure in the Bristol & District League, with the reserves falling to a couple of narrow defeats, whilst the A team have won all four of their opening league games, including a 7-1 thrashing of then leaders Wick.
Both sides have progressed to the 2nd Round of their County Cups with the Reserves enjoying a deserved 4-2 win at Old Sodbury.
The junior teams, including the newly formed U12 girls team, have started their fixtures, with full use now being made of the facilities at Poulterbrook and Castle School. New players can get in touch via social media or the club’s website.