On Sunday Thornbury made the long coach trip to Berkshire hoping to move another step closer to Wembley against a side playing at the same level in the football pyramid
In front of a large crown enjoying the sun the game started slowly with the only action of note in the first ten minutes being a couple of Wokingham corners which were easily dealt with
The next period saw Thornbury start to get their passing game going, creating a string of corners which again didn’t come to anything – in fact the first effort of the game was half way through the half when Brandon Benjamin shot wide.
Thornbury were now playing the better football but the best chance of the half fell to the Wokingham No.9 who dragged his shot wide after the defence got caught with the ball.
The tail end of the half saw Kurtis Parkin in the Thornbury goal called upon more regularly but seldom really troubled with a free header from a free-kick going over.
Goal-less at half time with Thornbury having the majority of the possession but Wokingham having the better chances
Half time saw a couple of changes for the visitors with Mark Viner going off injured to be replaced by Jacob Farthing and a tactical switch seeing Rhys Hodgson replace Jim Brock out wide
Luke Franklin and Hodgson began creating openings down the left with Craig Lancastle firing straight at the keeper, Hodgson, Bennett & Franklin having shots deflected and Benjamin heading over.
With a welcome drinks break on 75 minutes and extra-time & penalties looming, Thornbury knew that one last sustained period of pressure could see them over the line
So, into the last ten and Toby Bennett found Harry Brock who crossed for leading scorer Lancastle to side-foot the ball past the ‘keeper to take the lead
Unsurprisingly Wokingham then got the ball forward into the Thornbury box at every opportunity but Parkin and the defence stood firm and a first clean sheet of the season saw Thornbury into the hat.
Final Score Wokingham & Emmbrook 0 Thornbury Town 1
The draw for the first round proper was made on Monday lunchtime and Thornbury have another road trip – this time to Wiltshire where they meet Downton from the Wessex League on Saturday 12th October