Bath Time Cleans Out The Thorns
Over the past couple of years, Thornbury has managed to belie their position in the league and give Corsham a tough match and Tuesday night was no exception.
Corsham started well and had their first chance on 5 minutes courtesy of a trademark Rusby long throw, but the angle was too tight for Demkiv to convert at the back post.
Demkiv was tearing the Thornbury left back apart until 15 minutes in when a nasty tackle from behind left Dan on the floor, in pain and he had to retire from the game. Ethan Hill was bought on after missing a few games through illness.
Corsham got their just rewards a few minutes later when superb work from Shaq down the right and stand-in skipper Rusby converted at the back post.
Despite starting well Corsham went off the boil and allowed Thornbury back into the game. The away team started showing plenty of intent putting the Quarrymen’s defence under pressure without any genuine end product.
With halftime approaching the first booking of the game went to the Thorns number 5 for a cynical block on Kane Simpson but the resulting free-kick came to nothing. Then a superb team move saw Rusby slip a delicious pass into Shaq who crossed perfectly for Kane Simpson to slide home with a cracking low finish.
2-0 at halftime and it was looking comfortable for the home team. The second half started well for Corsham with some good passing through midfield but they struggled to find the 3rd goal. Then the game was turned on its head!
Sloppy play at the back allowed the Thornbury striker to nick the ball and James Rusby had no choice but to bring him down — straight red for the Corsham captain and the Quarrymen were down to 10 men.
A quick reorganisation saw Sady and Munday substituted for Walker and Jones but this didn’t stop Thornbury from taking advantage of the extra man and they pulled one back with a good finish from the left winger bending his shop home.
This spurred on the away team and Corsham where really under pressure with Alfie Kelsey being kept busy, but he was up to the task with some great saves. On 80 minutes it looked like Thornbury had salvaged a point when they equalised following some more poor defending.
With less than 10 minutes to go it was ‘Bath Time’, Ryan came off the bench and with his first touch of the game scored with a header from a free kick and Corsham where back in the lead. Then two minutes later Corsham where awarded a penalty and Jasper Jones sealed the points for the Reds. Two Thornbury players were also sin-binned for their protests.
It looked to be all over bar the shouting but not tonight, this time Alex Hallet was the last man, and he was harshly adjudged to have fouled the Thorns striker and he also received a red card.
A crazy second half which Corsham would like to forget quickly but 3 points and a great turnout with over 300 fans attending.
|August 22, 2023
|Hellenic Premier League
|22 August 2023