Thornbury ended a run of four consecutive defeats as they secured a crucial five point win at Coney Hill in their quest to retain their league status writes Dave Fox.

Thorns scored four tries in each half as they put Coney Hill to the sword, but should have scored several more in the second half as they ran their tiring hosts ragged in the final quarter.

Thornbury got off to the best possible start. Coney Hill kicked off directly to touch and from the scrum restart Thorns attacked.

Jim Massey picked up and Jak Evans and Alfie Richardson gave Rich Bennett space to run who veered around his opponent to score between the posts. Jake Wood converted.

Thorns attacked again, Massey and Tom Constable made good ground and skipper Sam Evans powered down the touchline to score. Wood converted and Thorns were 14-0 ahead after only four minutes.

Coney Hill recovered and enjoyed a period where they controlled possession until early in the second quarter when Thorns went further ahead. Another break put Richardson clear and he rounded the cover to score.

Shortly afterwards the try bonus point was in the bag as Thornbury pressurised Coney Hill and from a scrum close to the line, Massey picked up and crashed over. Wood converted and the first half ended with Thorns 26-0 ahead.

Coney Hill began the second half with great purpose and scored an unconverted try.

Thorns quelled their passion and close to the end of the third quarter, Massey raced clear and fed Wood who sprinted forty metres for the try, which he converted for a 33-5 lead.

Richardson scored his second try a few minutes later.

Max Harper broke a tackle and tied up the defence, the ball was recycled quickly allowing Johnny Heaven and Sam Poustie to feed Richardson running flat out for the try. Wood converted for 40-5.

With fulltime approaching the passes eventually worked and with Coney Hill tiring, space was created for Poustie to waltz through and score another try.

Wood converted, and then added the extras to his second try in last play when Dan Hussey kicked behind the defence and Wood showed great determination to touch down by the dead ball line.

The referee blew for time after the kick and an air of satisfaction descended on Metz Way.

Thornbury take on St Ives this Saturday.