Thorner v Bramley Town

11am  17 June 2018

Leeds Sunday League, Play-off Cup, Group A
Thorner 0 Bramley Town 4 (att 14)

After spending all day Saturday sitting on the sofa watching World Cup matches on TV I felt a need to get out to see some live football.

Like its Eccles counterpart, the Leeds Sunday League has a summer season, putting it onto my groundhopping radar. There's only eight teams, and Thorner are unique as they not only provide two of them, but are alone in staging home games on their own ground rather than council pitches.

The Sandhills ground is shared with the local cricket club, although the undulating football pitch is beyond the cricket outfield and bordered by a car parking area. For a Sunday league venue it's not bad at all.

Thorner, who I think compete in the Harrogate-based Claro Sunday League during the winter, have had a tough side to their summer campaign. Having lost their two opening league games, including a 5-1 reversal against today's visitors Bramley, things didn't get any better in this cup fixture.

The first half, a close affair with few clear chances, ended goalless. Bramley's half time team talk must have been an inspiring one, as the visitors scored three times in five minutes, including a penalty, soon after the restart.

They were on top throughout the second half, but had to wait until a free kick in the final seconds before they added the fourth goal.

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