THORNBURY Town had their second-half comeback cancelled out in the final ten minutes as nine-man Corsham Town won 4-2 to go top of the Hellenic League Premier table. 

Having gone into the break 2-0 down, Thornbury were handed a lifeline in the 57th minute then James Rusby was sent-off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity as the last man.

Harry Brock and Joe McLaughlin pulled it back to 2-2 before a crazy final ten minutes.

Ryan Bath headed home from a free-kick to restore the lead for 10-man Corsham, before a penalty was awarded to the hosts a couple of minutes later that saw two Thornbury players sin-binned for their protestations. 

Jasper Jones converted from the spot to make it 4-2 in the 85th minute but the drama was not done there as Corsham were reduced to nine men after another last-man tackle.

Alex Hallett walked but in the end the hosts were able to see the game out.

After the match, Thornbury manager Richards Joyce reflected on a chaotic ending to the game.

"When we got the game back to 2-2 I felt we had a massive opportunity to go on and win it," he said. "The momentum was with us and we were doing all the right things in possession and our change in shape was helping us. 

"But we've suffered from a poorly applied decision on the positioning of the ball before it was taken for the free kick that has allowed them the ideal position to put a ball in our box and we've not been able to defend it. We've also shot ourselves in the foot with the way we ended the game too with the next goal.

"It was quite disheartening as any match against a team like Corsham when you compare the two clubs' resources is hugely difficult for us, and given we'd lost our first two going into the game, to have an opportunity to get even a point taken from us was hard to take.

"Again we're coming out of it with positives, but the reality is we've again let in four goals and we have no points on the board as of yet. We need to stay positive because negativity won't get us anywhere and we know how tough it is for us to compete in this division."