THORNBURY Town slipped to a third straight Hellenic League Premier defeat on Saturday to be dragged back into the relegation conversation. 

Jack Smith's smith goal on the hour was not enough to drag Thornbury back into it against Roman Glass St George, who were 2-0 up after 37 minutes thanks to a Louis Ward brace.

Despite an unbeaten run of five games in the last month, the weekend defeat means Thornbury have now lost their last three league games against teams towards the top of the table, and it looks as if at least one win from the last four games will be needed to be sure of avoiding the drop. 

The Thorns remain 16th in the table but have played more games than the rest of those teams at the bottom. They are five points clear of the drop zone for now but it will be a nervous final few games for them.

Roman Glass got off to the perfect start on Saturday when a direct free kick from Louis Ward found the bottom corner inside the first five minutes. 

Zac Meadinho was booked for Thornbury soon after and when Ward doubled his and Glass goal tally after a string of corners before the half hour mark, it looked like being one of those days.

Harvey Pritchard did have a couple of chances before the break but the sides turned around at 2-0. 

Thornbury were much better in the second half and some decent football forced a couple of corners that Nathan Sage got on the end of but couldn’t direct.  

On the hour mark, Luke Franklin picked up the ball on the right and his surging run saw him go past two defenders and his pin-point cross was met by 17-year-old Jack Smith who headed home. 

With Thornbury pushing forward for an equaliser, Roman Glass sat deeper and it always looked as if Thornbury would get one more chance and that fell to Stan Wyatt in stoppage time but he fired over from the edge of the box in what was the last action of the game.

Next up for Thornbury is a home league fixture this Saturday against Shrivenham from Oxfordshire and a win will see Town leapfrog them in the standings.