Newly-promoted Thornensians keen to consolidate in Yorkshire Two

Thornensians enjoyed a successful 2015/16 season.
Thornensians enjoyed a successful 2015/16 season.

Thornensians hope to reach Yorkshire One within five years.

But for now the Church Balk club - who say they are in their strongest position for two decades - will be content with consolidation in Yorkshire Two.

Dr Brian Willis, president of the club, says the ‘feel-good factor’ is tangible after last season saw Thornensians win promotion from Yorkshire Three and also lift the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.

“We recognise that promotion will bring new challenges as we move into significantly harder leagues,” said Willis.

“The club is in its strongest position for about two decades, with rugby and financial progress coming together.

“We also have excellent support and ‘the feel-good factor’ runs through our organisation.

“Recruitment and retention will need renewed emphasis. Keeping the balance between the rugby and business sides will also need continued focus.

“Our playing ambitions need to emphasise consolidation initially,” he added.

“Over five years we would like to develop partnerships with other clubs to improve mutual standards and help us achieve Yorkshire One league status.”

Ahead of the new season, Willis has paid tribute to senior coach John Pearce.

“John has developed a great team ethos over the last four years,” said Willis.

“Whilst we have many promising players, our team play patterns and work ethos have been crucial, with many young players developing together amongst a core of seasoned stalwarts.

“John has worked patiently and skilfully with managers, officials and players to develop our local community players.”

Thornensians will represent Yorkshire in the National Vase this season as a result of winning the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.

Stuart Hughes has been re-appointed as captain, with Arron Holt his deputy.

The Merit Team have also been promoted and will play in Yorkshire Merit Championship South.

Training begins this month on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm. New players are welcome.

For more information about the club contact Brian Willis on 01302 840410 or 07773 730777, or Kevin Bull on 07879 667413.