Thorns victorious in first match of pre-season
Thornbury blew away the shut season cobwebs with a snug win over Previous Bristolians within the first senior match performed on the brand new rugby pitch at The Chantry.
Final season’s main attempt scorer Alfie Richardson took solely two minutes to register his first rating of the brand new season after good passing in midfield created house for the fullback to attain. Jack Pinker transformed. Richardson scored once more 10 minutes later and Max Harper had a superb attempt dominated out when he grounded the ball from a driving lineout, the referee adjudging the ball held up.
Trailing 12-0 Previous Bristolians opened their account with a effective unconverted attempt by their wing. Then George Jackson, who had re-joined the membership, burst away from a breakdown however Thorns had been penalised near the Previous Bristolians’ line, then newcomer Joel Bezus crashed over however once more the ball was adjudged held up, earlier than Jay Burley scored near half time. Thorns led 17-5 on the break.
Previous Bs had been the primary to attain within the second half with a transformed attempt from a charged down goal-line clearance. At 17-12 it was sport on however Thorns responded instantly and Ben Phillips scored from a quickly-taken penalty. Three minutes later Gez Asante blasted his means by way of a number of tacklers to attain a memorable attempt. Jake Wooden transformed and at 29-12 the sport regarded within the bag.
Within the final quarter Fin MacLeod confirmed good toes to confuse the protecting defence to attain Thorns’ sixth attempt then the Previous Bristolians wing scored one other transformed attempt.
The most important cheer got here when teenager Jack Oakey raced down the road to the touch down within the nook just for the attempt to be disallowed for a foot in contact. What a debut that will have been. However Thorns had been to not be denied and in final play Jack Pickles intercepted on his personal ‘22’ and out-stretched the defence to acrobatically rating. The attempt wasn’t transformed and the ultimate whistle blew for Thorns’ 39-19 win.
There have been many positives to take from the sport, but additionally loads of areas to work on. The gamers have a conditioning coaching match at Hartpury School on Thursday after which start their league marketing campaign at residence to Chosen Hill on September 3.