South West One West: Thornbury 34 Coney Hill 27
5:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Thornbury Sport
THORNBURY secured their first league win of the season and took maximum points against Coney Hill, writes Dave Fox.
Three of the five tries were scored by the Hussey brothers in a hard-fought win over the Gloucester side, who were making their first visit to Thornbury in ten years.
Thornbury kicked off playing downhill and put pressure on Coney Hill from the outset but the first score came after 11 minutes when Wayne Underwood, Jack Hussey and Tim Stephens put Dan Hussey in for a try. Stephens converted for 7-0.
The visitors scored a try when Thornbury had a player in the sin bin, before a second sin-binning a few minutes later heralded a penalty and converted try which put Coney Hill 15-7 ahead.
Thorns hit back close to half-time. Direct running from Liam Pemberton and Rob Higgitt took play to within inches of the Coney Hill line but Jack Hussey picked up from the ruck and drove through two tacklers for the try. Stephens converted.
Thornbury struggled to get going at the start of the second half and conceded a converted try.
Thorns then took play back into the Coney Hill 2’. From a scrum taken against the head Pemberton drove on and quick ball was moved across the three-quarters for Dan Hussey to dive in at the corner.
After a Coney Hill attempt to deceive the Thornbury attack went wrong Thorns were awarded a scrum from which George Jackson put Ollie Fleming in for the bonus point try. The conversion was missed but Thorns were back ahead at 24-22.
Stephens extended the lead with a penalty but with two minutes remaining Coney Hill charged back and scored a try in the corner. The scores were tied with a conversion to come but the kick didn’t trouble the posts.
The Thornbury forwards, with Luke Workman and Jon Day prominent, drove towards the Coney Hill line. With the defence tied in the ball was moved accurately across the three-quarters to Ed Sheldon, who raced outside the cover to score in the corner. Stephens did well to convert from the touchline and the match was won.
Star man: Jack Hussey.
On Saturday Thornbury travel to North Petherton.
l Thornbury seconds enjoyed a 28-17 win over North Bristol seconds in the GRFU Reserve Leagues whilst a depleted Thornbury thirds lost 89-10 to Old Colstonians Seconds.
Thornbury Colts defeated Dursley 43-29 in the second round of the National U18 Cup. Jim Massey scored two of Thornbury’s seven tries.
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