Thornbury Town bowed out of the Subsidiary Cup as they slipped to a narrow defeat to Malmesbury Victoria.

Town attacked from the kick off and Joe Guest curled wide from just outside the box.

However it was Victoria who took the lead with their first attack after 11 minutes. Krystian Hext’s cross from the left was met with a header from Jamie Packer that eluded Thorn’s stand-in keeper Brandon Benjamin.

Thorns rallied and a surging Toby Bennett run into the penalty area after 20 minutes was ended when he was brought down but Craig Lancastle’s resultant spot kick was saved by Ant Brown.

The keeper saved again from Lancastle five minutes later after great build-up play between Harry Brock and Matt Davis.

Thornbury thought they'd equalised five minutes before the break, but Toby Bennett’s header was ruled out for offside.

The second half started with the visitors almost grabbing their second but Benjamin saved well from Tranter. Play swung from end to end and Packer had a great chance 10 minutes in when he ran clear but Benjamin pulled off a great save and recovered quickly to save the rebound.

At the other end Brock set up Lancastle but his effort went narrowly wide of the post and then Marcus Wormwell’s shot was tipped round the post by Brown.

Chances came and went at both ends with Brown saving from Brock and Wormwell while in the very last seconds Witt ran clear after Nathan Sage slipped in the mud but again the visitors were denied by Benjamin.

Thorns are without a game this Saturday but next Tuesday play hosts to near neighbours Tytherington Rocks in the League, kick off 7:45pm at the Mundy Fields.