South West One West North Petherton 37 Thornbury 20
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Thornbury Sport
A TENACIOUS rear-guard fight was not enough as Thornbury lost to an impressive North Petherton side by five tries to two, writes Dave Fox
North Petherton opened the scoring with a second minute penalty but Thornbury attacked from the restart and Tim Stephens equalised with a penalty.
The home side went ahead with a try four minutes later which was converted for a 10-3 lead.
North Petherton launched another attack and after Liam Pemberton produced a fine tackle at the corner flag Thorns lost the ensuing lineout and conceded a converted try.
Trailing 17-3, Thornbury took play back into the North Petherton half and Stephens added a penalty.
From the restart Rob Higgitt kicked towards the wing where Ed Sheldon caught it running flat out, cut inside the defence and out-paced the cover to score by the posts. Stephens converted and the referee blew for half-time with North Petherton leading 17-13 and Thornbury hanging on.
North Petherton visibly increased the intensity and tempo of their game and scored a try shortly after the restart.
As the third quarter ended play was still entirely in the Thornbury half and North Petherton went further ahead with another penalty.
The result was put beyond doubt when the Somerset side scored a converted push-over try for 32-13.
That lead increased shortly afterwards when the forwards scored another try.
From a late Thornbury scrum in midfield Stephens created space for Sheldon to wrong-foot one player and cut inside for his second try. Stephens converted and a hint of respectability appeared on the scoreboard at 37-20.
It doesn’t get any easier, with second-placed St Austell the visitors to Thornbury on Saturday, 3pm.
Thornbury scorers: Tries - Ed Sheldon (2); Conversions - Tim Stephens (2); Penalties - Tim Stephens (2).
GRFU Reserve Leagues Premier Division Thornbury 2nds 63 Avonmouth 2nds 0
THORNBURY continued their good run with a convincing win over Avonmouth.
A fantastic performance from one to 15 was too much for Avonmouth with 45 points scored in the first-half.
Powerful ball-carrying from George Jackson, Ollie Riddiford and Jack Summerfield linked well with energetic support play from the back row of Carl Boucher and new French recruit, Boris Eloff.
Many Thornbury development squad members proved to be a great asset with all players looking comfortable at senior level. Joe Jackson was impressive with the boot, kicking well from hand as well as landing nine out of nine conversions. He ended up scoring 28 points.
Thornbury scorers: Tries – Rich Bennett (3), Steve Allington (2), Joe Jackson (2), George Jackson (2); Conversions – Joe Jackson (9).
- Thornbury thirds lost their league game 37-7 to Whitehall seconds in a match marred by a serious ankle injury to captain Adam Weaver.
This Saturday it is hoped the seconds will be able to play at home as their scheduled fixture at home to St Austell seconds has been called off. The thirds are home to Dings Crusaders thirds, while on Sunday the Development XV are home to Winscombe Colts.
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