Thornbury Town out of FA Vase but flying high in league
THORNBURY Town’s Buildbase FA Vase adventure has come to an end – but the first team is closing in on top spot in the league.
Town were knocked out in the 2nd Round of the Vase by Western League Premier Division side Cribbs. The game attracted a crowd of almost 250 to the Mundy Playing Fields and there was little to choose between the two sides, with both defences keeping goalscoring chances to a minimum. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead but a superb strike from midfielder Brandon Benjamin brought the scores level. Neither side could find the net again, so the game went into extra time. The visitors regained the lead early in the first period and, with Thorns pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Cribbs scored a third goal late on to secure the win.
Whilst disappointed to have exited the Vase at this stage, Town’s players and supporters have enjoyed their cup run and will hope to go further on the road to Wembley next season.
Meanwhile their good form in the Hellenic League has continued and after the November 16 round of fixtures Town were second in the table, behind leaders Malmesbury Victoria on goal difference with games in hand.
At the end of October they came away from Malmesbury with a well deserved 2-1 win, with goals from strike pair Craig Lancastle and Harry Brock. Unfortunately the weather put paid to their scheduled fixture against Shortwood United so Town did not have another league game until November 9, when they made the trip to Hereford to face high-flying Wellington. Again a good team performance saw Town come away with a 3-1 win, with Harry Brock (2) and Craig Lancastle getting the goals.
And on November 16 Thornbury recorded a thumping 7-0 win in the local derby against Tytherington Rocks.
Thorns have now not dropped a point since their first league match of the season.
Meanwhile the Reserves seem to have adjusted to the demands of the Bristol & District League securing a good win against Bradley Stoke Town Reserves in the league followed by a resounding 7-3 win in a County Cup local derby against Thornbury Baptists. Joe Wisby scored a hat-trick, whilst Denym Di Mauro grabbed two goals on his debut. Felix Brittan and Harrison Young scored the other two goals.
The third team have been hit by postponements but they still remain equal top of the table with Lawrence Rovers, and when the two teams met back in October, the game finished in a 3-3 draw. However, like the Reserves they have also made it through to the third round of the County Cup following a comfortable 3-1 home win against Hanham Abbotonians Reserves. Both the Reserves and third teams await the draw for the next round of the cup.
Picture: Action from Thornbury's FA Vase defeat to Cribbs, courtesy of Thornbury Town