Thornley sets sights on more silverware
Wednesday 17th May 2017 @ 14:42 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton’s youth team have the opportunity to claim their fourth piece of silverware this weekend in the Open Cup against Southport.

Captained by Olly Thornley, the squad will be hoping to build on the success of a treble-winning season, having already claimed the Manchester County Cup, League Cup and League Title.

Although he’s understandably delighted at the way in which the season has gone, Thornley, 18, is hungry for more.

In fact, the highly-rated defender says he’s relishing the opportunity to end the season with one more trophy.

Speaking to Reporter Sport ahead of Sunday’s game at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium, Thornley said: “I think we have to be confident after we’ve already won three, but I think we’ve still got to work hard and remain focused on it.

“I think it will be a bit relaxed, but we mustn’t get too laid back or complacent about it, as we’ve got to go into the game and finish the season on a high.”

Regardless of the result on Sunday, Curzon’s youth team have made history this season.

Although Thornley is proud of every achievement, he reserved special praise for one trophy in particular. He said: “For me I think it’s the league, because I don’t think Curzon have won it before.

“With Chester being our big rivals and winning it last year, I think we were so set on wanting to beat them and wanting to win the league this year, and I think when did that, you could see all the players and coaches were over the moon.

“For me, that was the most important.”

Thornley joined the club two years ago, having spent ten years with Manchester City, which he described as ‘intense’.

Reflecting on his time with the club, he said: “I played for City until I was 16”.

“We were training day in, day out, and not getting a rest.

“I wouldn’t say it was massively different from Curzon, it was just the intensity and the amount of training we did.”

Despite dropping down a considerable number of levels, the youngster says he’s happy at the Tameside Stadium and is excited for the future.

Attributing his development as a player to manager Mark Bradshaw, Thornley said: “He’s helped me throughout the whole two years that I’ve been at the club.

“He’s played a key part this year in helping us get our wins, but he really supports each player and makes sure that you develop, not just in the youth team, but if you’re good enough then in the Reserve Team and First Team as well.”

A string of consistently solid performances saw Thornley rewarded with a number of first team appearances towards the end of the season.

Despite feeling nervous upon making the step-up, Thornley said the players and management team have been really supportive. He added: “When I first went into the first team I was nervous, but the lads were brilliant and really supportive, along with the managers as well.

“It just helped me to relax a bit and develop more confidence, and I think that’s built throughout the games I’ve been involved with towards the end of the season.”