Thornbury Town's title charge continues
THORNBURY Town’s charge towards the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West title continues unabated, with three more successive victories in November.
By mid-December, Thorns were in second place in the league table, four points behind leaders Hereford Pegasus but with four games in hand. Town have won every league fixture they’ve played, apart from the opening day defeat at home to Malvern Town.
After the victory away at Wellington at the beginning of November, Thorns had a comfortable 7-0 win at home to local rivals Tytherington Rocks in front of a crowd of over 100. Leading scorer Craig Lancastle netted a hat trick, whilst strike partner Harry Brock scored twice. Tom Webb and midfielder Brandon Benjamin were the other scorers.
The following Saturday saw a trip to Bourton Rovers, where Thorns struggled to find their usual rhythm against a hard working home side. However, despite the hosts twice taking the lead, Town recovered and edged a tight game 3-2, with Lancastle again scoring twice and Marcus Wormwell netting the other. The last game in November saw high flying Cheltenham Saracens visiting the Mundys and a high-powered performance saw Thornbury gain a deserved 4-1 win. Scorers were Brandon Benjamin, Harry Brock, Luke Franklin and Nathan Sage, and they could easily have scored more, having two efforts cleared off the line and another hitting the woodwork.
Unfortunately the wet weather caused the postponement of the first three games in December. Town's next matches as the Voice went to press were two tricky away fixtures against Hereford Lads Club and league leaders Hereford Pegasus. The league table at the turn of the New Year will make interesting reading and may well give a good indication of where Thorns are likely to finish come the end of the season.
Meanwhile the Reserves and Third team's good form continues, with both sides remaining undefeated throughout November. The Reserves have now moved up in to the top half of the table, whilst the Thirds remain in top spot in their division. The Reserves have had big wins away at Iron Acton Reserves (5-0) and Hartcliffe (7-1), whilst the Thirds have secured close victories over De Veys Reserves and Longwell Green Sports.
Last Saturday also saw both teams progress through to the County Cup quarter finals, with the Reserves edging through via a penalty shoot out against Lockleaze Community Sports following a 3-3 draw. The Third team had a more straight forward passage winning 6-2 away at Suburban League side Corinthians Sports Reserves with goals from Chapman, Rosling, Organ(2), Garland and Webb. Both the Reserves and Third teams await the draw for the next round of the cup, with ties scheduled for 11th January.
Picture: Harry Brock in action for Thornbury Town