WAYNE Thorne has told Bradford Town’s players to enjoy their purple patch of form while they can, following another victory on Saturday in the second round of the FA Vase at Brockenhurst.

A hat-trick for in-form striker Will Hailstone, plus Dan Cottle’s strike on the hour, mark helped Town record their fourth win since Thorne took charge of the club at the start of last month.

The four-goal win also stretched Thorne’s unbeaten streak to five games, while setting up a third-round tie at home to Baffins Milton Rovers.

Remaining grounded and continuing to work hard on the training pitch has been ordered as a must by the Bobcats boss, who was left pleased with his side’s performance in both boxes at the weekend.

Thorne said: “The first 20 minutes were a bit 50-50 – both teams had a go and both teams had chances.

“We’ve got to keep playing the way we are. Our run will come to an end at some point, but we’ve got to deal with that when it does.

“The fact is, if we continue to work as hard as we have been doing then we’re going to win more games than we lose.

“A loss will come, that’s football. However, with the way that we’re playing at the moment, no one wants to play us.

“We’ve got to keep our heads down and work hard.”

Squad rotation looks likely to be part of Thorne’s plans over the next week with ties against Plymouth Parkway, Salisbury and Hallen all in the space of a week.

A pair of league victories against Plymouth and Hallen could lift the Bobcats into the Toolstation Premier Division’s top four.

With injuries and suspensions in mind though, Thorne is keen to keep one eye on the transfer market.

He added: “Injuries and suspensions will kick in, so we’ll keep ourselves active in the market if needs be. But the lads are playing great at the moment – they’re all fresh and fit, and they’re playing for the shirt. Long may that continue.

“The last two weekends the supporters have been great – we want to pack the ground out for that third-round tie.

“We’ve worked hard in training both defensively and moving forward. We’re working hard off the ball, and that’s a recipe for success.”

n THERE were a pair of defeats for Corsham Town and Warminster Town in the Toolstation League First Division last weekend.

Corsham went down 3-2 at home to Wells City, with Josh Wright and Ben Wickens getting the hosts' goals.

Jack Miluk scored for Warminster but it was not enough to prevent a 3-1 defeat at home to Keynsham Town.

Premier Division side Westbury United were without a game at the weekend.