BRADFORD Town’s three-year Toolstation League Premier Division promotion plan will be discussed at a meeting next week between manager Wayne Thorne and the club’s committee.

Thorne, who joined the club in October, was instructed to ensure the Bobcats’ survival from the fifth tier of non-league football during his first season in charge at Trowbridge Road.

But he has surpassed all expectations, with the club now pitching to finish in the top six.

Those aims weren’t helped by Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chipping Sodbury Town, however, Thorne remains optimistic about the future, adding that next week’s meeting will provide him with a greater understanding of the board’s ambitions for the future.

He said: “Myself and the committee will have a meeting next Wednesday to iron out things moving forward.

“They will say their bits, I will say mine and we’ll see where we can go. I’m at the club to be promoted. I’ve said that from day one.

“The club has handed me a three-year plan in line with my ambition. It’s about making sure we’re all happy going forward.”

The Bobcats’ draw against their Gloucestershire rivals at the weekend leaves them three points short of sixth and seventh-placed teams Buckland Athletic and Clevedon Town.

Luke Henderson put the visitors in front on the hour before Bradford responded when Simon Prangley netted with 19 minutes remaining.

While Chipping Sodbury were denied by the post twice in the concluding minutes, Thorne highlighted his satisfaction over his side’s spirit.

He said: “The game could have gone either way, it was a typical end-of-season game. It was like basketball – either attacking or defending.

“We didn’t get a grip of the game, which was disappointing because you never know how important it might be at the end of the season.

“For me, it’s two points dropped. We need to win our home games, and we have been solid at home since I took charge.

“No disrespect to Chipping Sodbury, but we’ve got to be beating teams like that.

“If we’ve got any aspirations, a game like Saturday has to be a banker.”

Elsewhere, Westbury United won a 4-3 thriller against Hallen.

Three goals in the opening 24 minutes only earned Neil Kirkpatrick’s side a one-goal lead midway, given Hallen notched two of their own.

Joe Stradling then scored with three minutes remaining in the opening half to stretch the visitors’ lead to two.

That deficit proved too much of a mountain to climb for Hallen, who were handed hope when George Binding struck with 67 minutes played – but that effort proved too little, too late.