Hornets expecting 'tough challenge' against Thornbury says Richardson

All smiles for Hornets as they pose for the camera earlier in the season.

All smiles for Hornets as they pose for the camera earlier in the season. - Credit: Josh Thomas

Head coach Jon Richardson said Hornets are expecting a “tough challenge” in their Bristol Combination Cup semi-final with Thornbury and they will have to be on top of their game at The Nest this Saturday.

The hosts have only won the cup twice in their history back in 1999 and 2003 and the club have confirmed the match will kick-off at 4.30pm and free entry.

“I’m massively looking forward to the cup semi-final against Thornbury, it is a good chance to see some lads who have been patiently waiting for a chance to show what they can against a side we know will provide a tough challenge,” he said.

“We know that they’re lively and like to run with the ball. We can’t give them any space or kick badly.

“We played Thornbury in pre-season and had hoped that would of been the semi-final but they didn’t want to do that so here we are.

“We know they’re a very good side so whatever side we put out will need to be at the top of their game to reach the final.”

Richardson and his team have now played six won six in the South West Premier after Saturday’s 18-17 win at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Charlie Carter, Ozzy James and Ross Cheeseborough all went over to keep Hornets in second place behind Exeter University.

“It was an odd one to be fair. We played well in patches and poorly in patches but again the character of the group showed through and the boys did just enough again,” he added.

“The resolve of the team, they were backed in to a corner and they found a way out. Wootton Bassett have a cracking set up beautiful pitch, lovely clubhouse and were fantastic hosts.”

At the end of play on Saturday both the seconds and thirds followed the firsts by continuing their perfect start to the season.

The seconds beat Stothert & Pitt 64-0 while the thirds beat Tor 45-17.

“It’s a pretty incredible feeling, the buzz around the club is incredible it’s not just the first team,” Richardson said.

"The second team are five from five and the thirds are three from three in their respective leagues too. We’re certainly blessed with a fine crop of players at the moment.

"Its amazing, the feeling of pride around the club is immense. It’s only the start of the season but it’s still a pretty good feeling being on the rollercoaster.”