THORNBURY Town are off the mark in pre-season after a 3-2 win over Tytherington Rocks on Saturday afternoon.

A youthful Thornbury side made the short three-mile trip to Tytherington and goals from Marcus Wormwell and Harvey Pritchard gave them a 2-0 lead at the break. 

Long-time servant Nathan Croot swiveled and found the bottom corner for the hosts after the restart but Pritchard restored the Thornbury lead soon after.

The home side did pull another back but the damage had been done and a young Town side ran-put 3-2 winners to give the their first win of the summer. 

It was then a short turnaround for game number three of the pre-season schedule as they faced Bradley Stoke Town on Monday night. 

Having come from behind to lead right up until the final moments thanks to Marcus Wormwell and Harry Brock's goals, Bradley Stoke snatched a draw late on in what was their first pre-season test.

Thornbury had fallen behind early on when an untidy attempt to clear the ball from inside the box saw the hosts force the ball home.

Wormwell scored a brilliant equaliser mid-way through the first-half and they took the lead when Brock collected the ball and curled a well-placed shot inside the post.

Thorns had chances to extend the lead but could not capitalise and they were punished late on as the hosts managed to find a late equalsier. 

Thornbury manager Richard Joyce said: "We're now halfway through our pre-season fixture schedule and we've made good progress with our matches and training sessions on a fitness front. The players look in good shape and we are much more settled than this time a year ago.

"It was good to get a look at a couple of new faces and other trialists. We've also been able to give opportunities to players from our reserve and A teams in the matches against Tytherington and Bradley Stoke which is a good boost for them and it exposes them to a taste of life in the first team given they're mostly young players.

"This is the time of the season where we can do that, and with several regulars being away for different reasons, they offer us a good boost being able to bring them into the squad.

"We've played some good football in all our friendlies so far but we've also been able to take some important lessons from each fixture too.

"That's what these games are all about and why we have them, so as well as building fitness and looking at potential new signings, we can iron out any football issues before the competitive action gets going in August.

"There's still a lot to do but we're steadily moving in the right direction."