Thornbury fight back to win after going behind – twice
THORNBURY Town Under-11s twice came from behind before eventually taking the points with a 5-4 victory in an action-packed encounter away against Southmead.
Leighton Tuodolo got Town off to a good start when he turned and shot into the net from just inside the box. But Southmead were quick on the break, soon equalised and then shortly after fired home their second to lead 2-1.
After Thornbury midfielder Michael Gowie had almost hauled his team level, Southmead extended their advantage to 3-1 and the visitors faced an uphill battle.
It was one they boldly overcame because a great move involving Jack Bidwell and Gowie led to Tuodolo making it 3-2, before Aaron Barnes got on the end of a Josh Riggs cross for 3-3.
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Ben Peters, Riggs and Jake Fairhurst had further Thornbury chances, but it was Southmead who went ahead again, having earlier had a goal disallowed for handball.
Spirited Thornbury were not to be defeated, however, and goals by Cameron Salmon and Gowie put them back in front, although it took a dramatic goalline clearance by Chris Webbe in the final minutes to help secure a magnificent Thornbury victory.
Joseph McMurchie and Stanley McCormick both bagged braces as Westbury Park Foxes Whites Under-11s sailed to a 5-0 away win over Buccaneers Golds, John Elderton the other scorer for the comfortable victors.
Westbury Park Foxes Greens Under-11s clinched a close contest in a double header with Buccaneers Blacks.
Great interlinking play from the Greens, and a man-of-the-match performance by Caleb Browne, helped see them to a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Josh Domaille and Eddie Cranmer.
To their credit, Blacks produced a magnificent defensive performance, not least their keeper who kept them well in the game right up to the final whistle.
Joseph McMurchie and Harrison Nash delivered doubles to go with single strikes by Henry Sweet, Tee-Jay O'Donoghue and Caston Williamson as Westbury Park Foxes Whites Under-11s streaked to a 7-0 success against brave Buccaneers Golds.
Meanwhile, Westbury Park Foxes Under-12s eased into the semi-finals of the cup with a 3-1 win over Rockleaze Rangers.
Nick Blatchford scored a deserved first from the edge of the area and the lead was soon extended when Anna Davis won the ball on the Foxes right, fed it to Danny Wistow whose cross-cum-shot flew in at the far post.
The second half saw Raul Gibson hitting the bar, Harri Talfan-Davies striking the post and the Rockleaze keeper making several saves before Omar Rauf scored expertly from 20 yards. Talfan-Davies had to make one fantastic goalline tackle before the home side pulled one back through a well-taken penalty.
Goals by Thomas Broome (2), Toby Wales and Max Arrastia, with the goal of the game from Broome's superb cross, saw Bishopston United Under-12s to a 4-1 cup victory over Thornbury Town, who responded through Joe Mullins' fine finish.
Although it may have looked a comfortable win, the tie was in the balance until the final quarter when Bishopston pulled away.
In the Under-14s A section, league leaders Bishopston United A secured a 4-2 win over Ingleside. They achieved a breakthrough midway through the first half when striker Johnson was put through by an excellent looped through ball from Ben Lawes to finish coolly into an empty net.
Bishopston extended their lead when a replica through ball from Lawes was met this time by Joe McKimm, who flashed a strong right-footed cross-shot into the net.
A lapse in concentration defensively saw Ingleside score, Jacob Khayre heading home from a corner, but Bishopston soon regained their two-goal cushion when Ed Loftus struck with a superb first-time shot.
Ingleside kept plugging away and they netted the next goal from a long free-kick which Callum Purver expertly headed over the advancing keeper. But hopes of an Ingleside comeback were quickly quashed when Bishopston's McKimm scored again with a smart finish after an excellent run from the centre of defence by Armstrong.
A two-goal salvo by Josh Troke fired Tytherington Rocks Under-14s into an early two-goal lead against Golden Hill Sonics, but they were unable to sustain that momentum as they tumbled to a 4-2 home defeat. Harrison Jackway pulled a goal back before half-time for the visitors, who piled forward in the second half and clinched the points with goals by Eddie McGee and Josh Parsons, plus an Alex Buczek piledriver.
Adam Eastwood and Andrew Peterson scored for Icthus in the Under-14s B Cup, but it wasn't quite enough as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of travelling Bishopston United B, whose Matt Dillistone struck twice and Aiden Slattery grabbed their other goal.
In the Glos Youth League, Wintebourne United breezed through to the final of the GFA Under-18 Shield courtesy of a sparkling 4-1 semi-final victory over Gloucester City and will now play Cheltenham Saracens at Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, in the final on Thursday, March 21 (7.30pm), Saracens having beaten Mangotsfield United 6-1 in the other semi-final.
Thornbury Town met Lydney Town for the second time in six days and reversed their 2-0 defeat in the League Cup with a morale-boosting 2-0 win. Thorns took the lead on 65 minutes when Matt Sullivan headed home a corner and with ten minutes left Dan Rees slotted a cross-cum-shot into the net. There was still time for Thornbury to miss a penalty in the final minute but the game was already safely in their clutches.
In midweek, leaders Tuffley Rovers stretched their advantage at the top to six points with a 5-0 win over lowly Almondsbury Town, thanks to efforts from Billy Ashmore (2), Jordan Cooper, Ben Robinson and Ben Conie.