Thurlby defy the elements

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THURLBY United were the only club to defy the elements and return to action in the Bourne area at the weekend.

A burst water pipe put an end to hopes of the Abbey Lawn staging Bourne Town’s game against Wellingbrough Whitworth and elsewhere village games were postponed as the thaw came too late – except at Thurlby where the home side fought back to beat Brant Broughton 4-3 in the Grantham Sunday League.

It was the side’s first match in three weeks due to recent poor weather and they looked a little rusty early on, starting the game without regular goalkeeper James Preston and the suspended Charlie Sutton and Ben Taylor. New signings Michael and Richard Cejer made their debuts.

Thurlby started the game slowly and found themselves behind after 20 minutes.

Shortly after it became 2-0 when Sam Hudson gave away a penalty.

Thurlby went in at half time two goals down and it looked like it was only going to get worse if they didn’t raise their game after the break.

But they started the second half much brighter and looked threatening on every attack.

Thurlby reduced the arrears when Scott Enderwick was found by Andy Davenport to smash the ball into the bottom corner.

Thurlby kept pressing and rattled the woodwork but against the run of play, Broughton made it 3-1.

This seemed to knock the confidence of the Thurlby lads but a fabulous run from Andy Davenport pulled the score back to 3-2 and Thurlby continued to press.

With 15 minutes remaining, Thurlby levelled through Scott Enderwick’s second of the game.

They were unlucky not to take the lead shortly after Enderwick rattled the woodwork once more but Thurlby were not to be denied their comeback.

Thurlby were moving the ball with great authority and made it 4-3 when Michael Cejer scored on his debut, turning a Ciaren Reynolds shot goalwards.

It was a brilliant fight back from Thurlby and shows the depth they now have throughout there squad.

The result lifts Thurlby above Broughton in the Grantham Sunday League’s second division.

On Sunday Thurlby travel to Newark side, Chesters, where they hope to continue their form.