Thorman gunning for his brother

FORMER Thunder old boy Paul Thorman is looking to put one over his former club and younger brother Neil when Gateshead make the long trip to the capital today.

FORMER Thunder old boy Paul Thorman is looking to put one over his former club and younger brother Neil when Gateshead make the long trip to the capital today.

Thorman will captain a London Skolars side determined to record their first ever double over Gateshead, having won 28-20 in Co-op National League Two at the Thunderdome in June.

The Skolars haven’t looked back since, and are on course to reach the play-offs for the first time, while Thunder have won just two games since then and have lost the last four.

Thorman, who made over 100 appearances for local club Gateshead, then achieved promotion with York City Knights before heading south.

And the 25-year-old playmaker believes brother Neil, 23, will be the biggest threat to the Londoners play off aspirations.

The livewire full-back has been one of Gateshead’s stand-out players in a disappointing campaign, and will bid to outshine Paul for the second time this season.

Paul Thorman said: “From what I’ve seen on DVD and read in the papers, Neil is the player we’ve got to watch as he’s been in good form.

“But we always knew we had it in us to do well and we’ve never looked back after the win at Gateshead, and are playing some really good stuff at the moment.

“I’ve still got a lot of fondness for Gateshead Thunder, but if we beat them it will severely dent, if not kill off, their slim play-off hopes.

“If we play to our potential we’ll beat them – and it’s always nice to put one over one of your former clubs.”

The Skolars will have another former Gateshead player in their ranks, Jermaine Coleman, who be at full-back for a game that has been switched to Finchley.

Thunder have picked up a losing bonus point in narrow defeats against York and Workington in their last two games, but need to return to winning ways to get out of the bottom two.

Playmaker Kevin Till could make his first start for several weeks, while long-term absentees Johny Scott and Danny Wilson are close to a recall.

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