Thornbury youngsters maintain momentum
Avonmouth U18 1-3 Thornbury Town U18
Thornbury Town U18 maintained their push for the Bristol Combination league runners up spot with an away win at Avonmouth.
Thornbury travelled to Avonmouth on the back of a great performance against league leaders Port of Bristol the previous week.
Thornbury started the match slowly and it was Avonmouth who had the best of the early exchanges. The visitors duly fell behind after a harmless free kick from 35 yards was pushed onto the bar by Thornbury keeper Sam Blunden and a goalmouth scramble saw the home team take an early lead.
Thornbury were guilty of creating goal scoring opportunities but failing to take them. The closest they came was a fine effort by Louis Ogilvie that hit the post.
The second half saw Thornbury dominate the possession and territory with Avonmouth were working hard to stop the visitors from equalising. Thornbury eventually drew level when they were awarded a free kick 30 yards out. Charlie Exell’s strike was palmed into the net by the keeper.
Thornbury took a deserved lead when the ball fell to Tom Cornock again 30 yards out who hit a thunderbolt over the stranded keeper.
Thornbury wrapped up the 3 points when they were awarded another free kick around 25 yards out from goal and Tom Cornock lifted the ball over the wall and into the top left hand corner to grab his second of the match.
Port of Bristol U18 1-1 Thornbury U18
Thornbury Town U18s travelled to play undefeated league leaders Port of Bristol and were delighted to come away with a 1-1 draw despite missed opportunities that cost them all three points.
Thornbury’s lone striker Jacob Harper was causing the home defence problems by his quick pace and strength. Harper had Thornbury’s best chance of the first half when he beat the Port of Bristol centre back to the ball only to see his effort bounce back off the post. Port of Bristol had few first half chances the best falling to their striker inside the penalty box but he failed to hit the target.
Thornbury deservingly took the lead in the second half through another corner kick when the ball fell to captain Sam Downes inside the 6 yard box and he prodded the ball home for his first goal of the season.
The home team were struggling to get a foothold in the game and didn’t look like the 10-game undefeated league leaders. Port of Bristol drew level when the ball was played through to their striker, with the linesman flagging for offside against two Port of Bristol players.
The Thornbury defence stopped but the referee allowed play to continue and the home team equalised. The visitors complained to the referee who then consulted the linesman who said the player was in an offside position but the referee disagreed and allowed the goal to stand.
Thornbury believed they’d regained the lead from another corner when the ball fell to Adam Barrow who slotted the ball across the line. The keeper appeared to scoop the ball out of the goal after the ball had crossed the line, but the referee caused controversy by not awarding the goal.
The home team nearly snatched all 3 points in the final seconds after a shot was well saved by Sam Blunden in the Thornbury goal.