Hockey: Thornbury end season with defeats against Yate

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BOTH Thornbury firsts and seconds lost their final games of the season, failing to score a goal in the process.

Thornbury's first team were missing a number of players for the local derby at Yate seconds in Berkeley Division One.

The home side dominated the early exchanges and took the lead through Shannon Saunders.

Thornbury's young side managed to construct a number of passing movements but the home side were much quicker both on the ball and when closing down the Thornbury players.

Vicky Ball narrowly missed a chance to equalise, though it was Thornbury keeper Sophie Wilkins who was prominent when making numerous saves to deny the home side.

Poppy Woolnough and Lucy Thomas continued to try hard, Shelley Beurschgens was prominent in a more defensive role and Rachael Gardener roamed the whole pitch throughout.

Sian Fuller gave her usual committed performance despite suffering from a heavy cold and stiffness.

Yate managed to finally get a second goal through Jen Pearce following an excellent advantage from the umpire.

Yate thirds were comfortable 5-0 winners over a disappointing Thornbury second team in Division Two.

Yate's goals were scored by Lucy Saunders (2), the experienced Alex Bissex, Natasha Child and Ciara Blackstock.

To complete a disappointing day Thornbury thirds went down 3-0 against Lydney 3rds in Division Three.

However, they have a chance to redeem themselves at home to Clifton fifths on Saturday at Castle School, 10.30am.

The original fixture was rained off when heavy rain flooded the pitch.

Thornbury complete the season with a club day at Castle School on Saturday, April 26 before turning their attention to their Summer league tournament

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