UHL Hellenic League

Shortwood United 2

Thornbury Town 1

ADAM PHILP bagged a stoppage-time winner as Shortwood United came from behind to snatch the points against in-form Thornbury, writes Jim Cunneen.

In truth, Shortwood and Thornbury were forced to play under-strength line-ups due to injury, suspension and unavailability.

Wood had two early chances through Harper and Philp. Finlay Byrnes then floated a return from a goal kick just wide from the edge of the centre circle. After 11 minutes Philp had a golden chance when through, but keeper Lippiatt saved with his legs.

Thornbury then missed a great chance of their own when Wormwell went on a great run down the flank and at full stretch Lancaster could only turn the ball over from six-yards.

Wood were playing some great one touch football and the defence looked solid with man-of-the-match Jacob Nowell and teenage full-back Waddington looking particularly impressive.

Wood were largely on top, although Thornbury looked tricky up front and twice Philp was thwarted by Lippiatt before the break.

Alex Avenell, on debut, made a fine save to deny Brock after 50 minutes before Thornbury took the lead a minute later. A cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Lancaster and Brock finished off from close range.

Still Wood pushed forward, and Thornbury relied on hitting them on the break. Dylan Miles came on for the tiring Harper and made his mark just three minutes later when his 25 yard free-kick was handled and Luke Soule sent Lippiatt the wrong way from the penalty spot. to level the scores.

Wood went for the winner and Philp was inches away from getting a touch to a fine cross from Hudson.

With 92 minutes on the clock, Wood built from the back and Kalnins and Byrnes traded passes for Kalnins’ cross to be flicked on by Soule and Philp slammed the ball home.