Full Time Score Thornaby FC 3-1 Esh Winning (Ebac Northern League Division 2)
Thornaby welcomed Esh Winning to Teesdale Park looking to get a win which could still see them win the league although a win would guarantee almost guarantee promotion.
Manager Steven Bell went with the same team that won 4-0 vs Tow Law a week and a half ago.
Thornaby took the lead with 2 minutes gone when Joe Posthill's cross from the left was turned into the net by Esh Defender NATHAN COBAIN into his own net. Esh had there first chance of the match when Matthew Allison's cross from the left found Joe Mole who headed just past the post. It then became 2-0 when Joe Scaife Wheatley's cross shot was put into his own goal by NATHAN COBAIN with 22 minutes gone. Thornaby looked nervous after this and gave the ball away several times and were punished when Allison's corner from the right found JONATHAN SWIFT who headed into the net with 36 minutes gone.
Half time score Thornaby FC 2-1 Esh Winning
Esh had the first chance of the second half when Reece Brown's overhead kick went just over the bar. Thornaby had the next chance when Ian Ward's quick throw found Jack Bailey who in turn played in Lewis Murphy who seen his effort blocked by a Esh defender. Thornaby then won a penalty when Lewis Murphy was fouled in the box and Referee Tim Craig pointed to the spot. Jamie Poole stepped up to take the penalty but his penalty hit the left hand post and came back out to the agony of the Thornaby faithful. The home looked to kill the match off when Jack Bailey's powerful half volley seen his effort beaten away by Esh Keeper Tom Orton. The Teessiders still continued to threaten when when Joe Posthill's cross from the right found Ian Ward who flicked his header onto Lewis Murphy whose sweet effort hit the crossbar. Thornaby did finally add a third to kill off a very determined Esh Winning side when Joe Scaife Wheatley's free kick from the left found the head of LEWIS MURPHY whose header found the top corner.
Referee Tim Craig blew his whistle moments later to send the home players and fans wild.
Although Billingham Town won which confirmed them as league champions congratulations to all at Billingham Town.
Man of the match: Jack Bailey
While we didn't play well yesterday we still got the result we needed and I would change nothing about the club this season from the unbelievable players who went 15 matches without losing yesterday and are a talented and down to earth set of lads, the management team won have shown unbelievable passion and get the results and of course not forgetting our unbelievable fans who have supported us fantastically all season and have certainty helped us get results throughout the season.
I have been involved with the club for 15 years and this is by far the best season I have ever been involved in massively proud of everyone involved with the club.
From looking at the Points per game average table table we are guaranteed to finish in the top 11 so we are officially PROMOTED.
Wish all the best to the division 2 sides and a massive thank you to you all for your fantastic hospitality.
Regarding next season it will be tough but sure Belly and Crager will add where needed.
A massive thank you to everyone and see you all in July.
WE ARE GOING UP ??⚽⚽