Football: Real Thornbury continue title charge with win at Cribbs

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Bristol & District League Division Two

Cribbs A Real Thornbury 4

REAL Thornbury maintained their 100 per cent winning record this season at Cribbs.

The visitors were playing their first league game since before Christmas due to the continuous bad weather forcing games to be postponed.

It took only five minutes for Real to take the lead. From a corner taken by Tom Miller, a glancing header from Ross Griffin steered the ball past the Cribbs keeper. Five minutes later Mike Baton hit the back of the Cribbs net through a melee of players in the goalmouth to and the score stood at 2-0 at half time.

A stalemate ensued for the first 15 minutes of the second half until sidelined injured Real skipper Frank Hook made an inspiring substitution to bring on Joe Hulbert up front and push Gavin Clifford out onto the wing.

It did not take long for Hulbert to hit the target from the edge of the area.

Hulbert scored his second ten minutes later with a driving shot low into the corner of the Cribbs goal with the Cribbs only able to watch the ball as it passed him.

The weather played a big part in this game with both sides battling against very strong winds and driving rain which continuously got stronger and heavier as the game continued.

After 14 games, Thornbury are now eight points clear of Cribbs at the top of the table with two games in hand, and a goal difference of plus 79.

Star man: Ross Griffin.

Next Saturday, Real Thornbury travel to Hambrook for the semi-final of the GFA Junior Cup.

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