Martin looking for reaction from Longlevens ahead of “must not lose” game vs Abingdon

Longlevens manager Craig Martin has called on his side to show a positive reaction to last weekend’s last minute defeat by Windsor, when they host relegation rivals Abingdon United at Saw Mills on Saturday. 

The hosts will start the day bottom of the Hellenic Premier table, but they know a win will see them jump up two places – including overtaking Saturday’s visitors. Longlevens are only three points behind Abingdon and have four games in hand over their rivals.

Last weekend didn’t go to plan though, with Windsor scoring a 92nd minute winner to leave Saw Mills with a 2-1 win, just 7 days after Longlevens had left Windsor with 3 points and a 4-0 win. And ahead of Saturday’s game we asked Martin whether he felt the game was more of a must not lose occasion, rather than a must win.

“I would agree that Saturday is a must not lose game. The pressure is starting to build on all of the sides at the bottom and in particular us as we tick off every game. We have a busy period of games coming up now so we definitely need to start picking up a few results in the coming weeks. 

In regards to Saturday it is definitely a must not lose game rather than a must win game, but we have to be prepared and play to the best of our abilities.” 

Last weekend’s defeat was Levens’ 11th defeat out of a possible 14 home league games, but their two wins came over title chasing Bishops Cleeve and Ascot United – so they are capable of putting in a performance at home. Martin told Severn Sport that last week’s home defeat was very disappointing but his players have already looked to put it behind them.

“Last week was very disappointing from my point of view. The lads just didn’t have anything about them last week and it’s another defeat at home, which is even more disappointing. 

But we had a pretty intense training session last night and I had 18 players turn up for the session, which shows their dedication to put in the hard work for the club. I’ve not had time to talk to them about last weekend but on Saturday we will be discussing a few things before the game because I really wasn’t happy with what I saw last week.” Martin added.

After Saturday’s game, Longlevens face a back to back double header with Royal Wootton Bassett. Levens welcome their Wiltshire counterparts on Wednesday night before heading to Bassett next Saturday before a crucial trip to relegation threatened Reading City the following week.

With the big games constantly coming, Martin isn’t expecting to see a game for the fans of open and attacking football.

“I expect Saturday’s game to be quite cagey. With a lot at stake I expect it to be a game where both sides will probably be going for it, yet on the other hand they will be eager to not want to give the game away. 

Our job is to go out there and get the result we need, by any means necessary.” 

 

Longlevens vs Abingdon United will be our featured game this weekend, follow the action from Saw Mills live on our social media platforms; kick off 15:00

 

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