GFA U18 Shield Quarter-Final
Thornbury Town 7 Winterbourne United 0
AT THE fourth time of asking and thanks to a fantastic effort by the groundsman, this tie finally went ahead.
Despite a couple of near misses by Josh Pirie a close first half looked as if it would end goalless until a turn and shot from Marcus Wormwell found the top corner on 44 minutes.
Winterbourne started the second half brightly and wasted chances before Will Brisco was brought down in the box following a corner and James Thomas finished clinically from the spot.
Pirie finally got on the scoresheet after an hour and when Sam Summerfield unleashed an unstoppable shot from outside the box five minutes later the visitors' heads were down.
James MacDonald got a fifth midway through the half and Wormwell completed his hat-trick towards the end of the game.
The victory marked a landmark 12 months unbeaten for Thornbury U18s.
Thornbury have been given the toughest possible draw in the semi-final when drawn away to Somerset Floodlit league leaders Mangotsfield United this Sunday.
Hanham Minor League Division B U10s
Avon Athletic 2 Thornbury Town 0
THORNBURY Town suffered a defeat away against Avon Athletic.
The two games followed a very similar pattern, as momentary lapses in Thornbury's defence enabled Avon to snatch a scrappy goal and win each game 1-0. In blustery conditions and on a tiny pitch, Thornbury hit the woodwork and peppered Avon's goal, but just couldn't find the killer touch.
It was the first game this season they have failed to score.
James Stone was man of the match in the first game and formed a strong defensive partnership with the reliable Joe Pearmain.
Sam Lee made some fantastic saves in Thornbury's goal to earn man of the match in game two.
Thornbury (first game): Thomas, Stone. Pearmain, Gadish, Moss, Rowen, Gaynor, O'Donnell, Cockle.
Thornbury (second game): Lee, King, Gregory, Ebanks. Jeanes, Curtis, Baker, Chapman, Anstey, Wilson.
Avon Youth League Division Five U12s
Stoke Lane Colts 3 Thornbury Town 1
THIS was a disappointing result for Thornbury, who came out second best in this top of the table clash at Stoke Lane.
Blustery conditions and determined opponents made life difficult for Thornbury, who struggled to maintain possession and soon found themselves 1-0 down.
In response, Chris Webbe’s long range free kick came close and shortly after Leighton Tuodolo broke free on the right and placed a perfect ball into the area for striker Sam Flawn, who made no mistake from close range to level the score.
The second half was mainly dominated by Stoke Lane, who soon regained their lead as Thornbury struggled to clear at the back.
Thornbury’s Jake Fairhurst and Benjy Burgess battled well on the left but the home team conceded another and a determined late run and shot by Leighton Tuodolo failed to reduce the deficit.
Avon Youth League Division One U16s
Ashton Boys Colt 1 Thornbury Town 1
THE strong blustery wind made it difficult for both teams.
Thornbury did well to limit the home side’s scoring opportunities with good defensive performances from Jordan Saxton, Tom Bakewell, Ewan Sinclair, Elliot Bradburn and Jake Barton, and solid goalkeeping from man of the match George Lear.
Thornbury had marginally the better possession but it was the home side who took the lead late in the first half after a wind assisted cross.
Thornbury’s midfield of Kieron Bancroft, Dan Worsley, Zac Vaughan, Asher Budd and Jordan Saxton worked hard to create chances for strikers Arthur Severinsen and Josh Morris.
Eventually the equaliser came from a goalmouth scramble as Budd knocked in after Severinsen hit the post.