THORNBURY Town made it seven points from three games in the space of a week on Tuesday as they battled back for a point against Fairford at The Mundy's.

Before kick-off, there was a minute's silence in memory of ex-manager and lifetime member of the club Graham Jasper, who died earlier this week.

Having enjoyed back-to-back wins in the Hellenic League Premier, Thorns came into the contest looking to make it three on the bounce.

In an open game, the first chance fell to Rhys Hodgson as his shot took a deflection and clipped the crossbar.

Harry Brock's incisive run down the left saw him fire a shot on target but Fairford 'keeper Joe Wright made an important save at his near post.

But it would be the visitors who broke the deadlock in the second half as Will Davidson's header took a flick off a Thornbury player and nestled in the back of the net.

The response though was dramatic - as Garrett picked up the ball and hammered in with an incredible strike from 35 yards to level up proceedings.

Back came Fairford, and a delivery to the back post was touched onto the woodwork as they attempted to regain the lead.

At the death, it was Thornbury who almost nicked it. Harvey Pritchard did well to get in behind and fire a ball across the face of the six-yard box, but a Fairford man got back to hack the ball away to deny a last-minute winner.

After the match, Thornbury Town manager Richard Joyce said: "A draw was probably a fair result on the night.

"We probably just about edged it in terms of the number of chances, but both teams have hit the woodwork and it was an open game with plenty of entertainment throughout, even if sometimes there was a lack of finishing in the final third.

"All round there were strong performances from our young players to the experienced heads which is pleasing to see.

On ex-manager Jasper, he added: "There was a minute's silence before the game in memory of Graham Jasper who has sadly passed away.

"Graham had a huge connection to the club going back many years and it was touching that we could pay tribute to his life before kick-off. 

"Personally in my time as manager Graham was always great to speak to and was incredibly supportive when I used to catch up with him after games and at other times.

"He'll certainly be missed and it was important that we could pay tribute to him before the game."