PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE: Tom took over a team with no home, no players and no hope

George Edwards (centre, orange) scored the Thorney goal against Crowland.
George Edwards (centre, orange) scored the Thorney goal against Crowland.

Manager Tom Florence is finally reaping the rewards for his dedicated service to Thorney FC.

Florence took over as manager of a club with no home and no players three weeks before the start of the Peterborough Premier Division season.

Thorney manager Tom Florence.

Thorney manager Tom Florence.

It’s been a tough slog for the club who play home games at Campbell Drive in the city while trying to ensure facilities at Thorney Park are upgraded, but last Saturday’s (December 9) 1-0 win over Crowland was a third win in four matches. Thorney are still bottom, but now within two points of Uppingham.

“It’s been hard work, but we are getting there,” Florence stated. “I’ve been a Thorney player for years and I didn’t want the club to die. When I took over we didn’t have a single player signed on so it’s no surprise we weren’t competitive in the first few weeks.

“But we’ve started to attract a few players back to the club, and made some new signings, and the commitment has been superb in recent weeks.

“George Edwards is my best mate so I tugged on his heart-strings to get him to come back and he’s been a key player even though we’ve converted him from a centre-back to a centre-forward.

“But I want to place on record my thanks to those players who have stuck with us all season. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to ask for a move after we lost the first 12 matches, but no-one did.”

Edwards scored the winner from a set-piece against Crowland 10 minutes from time.

It will be tough for Thorney to extend their run as title-chasing Pinchbeck are their visitors this Saturday (December 16).