Thornbury Town promoted in league restructure

June 01 2021
Thornbury Town promoted in league restructure

THORNBURY Town will be playing in the Hellenic League Premier Division next season, after the club’s application for promotion to Step 5 of the National League system was successful.

The FA announced in early April that National League restructuring, postponed in 2020, would go ahead.

Many leagues around the country have been reorganised and 60 clubs at Thornbury’s level have been promoted, based on points per game played over the last two unfinished seasons.

Thorns' success over the last three seasons, since their promotion to the Hellenic League, fully justifies their elevation: they will now be playing at the highest level in the club’s history.

Three seasons ago they finished third, missing out on promotion by just one point, whilst the last two 'incomplete' seasons would have seen Town finish runners-up to Malvern Town on both occasions, on a 'points-per-game' basis.

First team manager Jason Rees, who was a member of the squad that won the Bristol Premier Combination title in 2002, was justly proud of the efforts of a strong, settled local squad over the past two seasons.

He praised the support from assistant manager Gary Kemp, the committee and fans over the past few seasons.

The step up will no doubt be a tough challenge but it will see Town renew acquaintances with a number of old County League opponents, including Chipping Sodbury, Cribbs, Tuffley and Lydney, as well as new adversaries such as Fairford, Westbury and Corsham.

Their last two 'post-season' friendlies saw the 1st team lose to UWE and Mangotsfield United, but proved to be useful run-outs.

The Reserves and A team have had generally excellent results, which together with the U18 squad bode well for the future.

Most games were due to finish by the end of May, so that players and managers can take a short break before pre-season training restarts for what everyone hopes will be a 'normal' football season.

Meanwhile the club continues to expand and intends to form a second U18 team next season under current U16s manager Simon Groves, with many of the present U16 team hopefully forming the nucleus of the side. New players will also be made welcome, and anyone interested should contact Simon via the club’s media sites.

Town are also keen to develop the girls’ game and add an under-10s team to the U11 and U13s for September.

They are looking for new coaches to help take this vision forward: for more information contact Jack Harrison-Bond on 0753 471637 or email jack.harrisonbond@gmail.com.

Malcolm Carr

Caption: Thornbury Town in action against Mangotsfield United in a 'post-season friendly'