Longlevens First Team Coach Kacey Johnstone has praised his side for coming together over the last couple of games, with the 43 year old having to play the majority of minutes within the last week.
Johnstone played the full 90 minutes in Longlevens’ 2-1 win over Moreton Rangers in the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup last Wednesday night before playing over an hour in Levens’ 2-1 win against Newent Town in the FA Vase just three days later.
Following his stint in the playing squad, Johnstone has praised the squad for securing two wins in a week that saw a lot of unavailability and also for the solid start to the season.
“I think I did ok against Moreton obviously a bit rusty if i was honest, but I know there is more in me!” Johnstone said.
Against Newent the legs started to tire after about 65 mins but I thought I did ok for an overweight 43 year old!!! Hopefully I have shown the lads that if I get called upon again I would not let the side down!
We have all had our views as a coaching team, even Darrell [coach Darrell Long], but it took Longlevens till Christmas last year to get to 6 points and we are already on 9 so the progression is there.
This year we seem to play with a lot of desire and passion and we have no “Charlies.” The boys wants to play for each other and me, Spider [joint manager Craig Martin], Tommy [joint manger Tommy Callinan] and Darrell find that we don’t really have to get into them, because they know can’t get away with it!” Johnstone said.
This season Longlevens have secured league wins against Easington Sports, Brackley Town Saints and local rivals Tuffley Rovers in the league whilst securing wins in both the FA Cup and FA Vase to earn much needed prize money for the club.
But Levens return to league action against Holmer Green and even though Johnstone will be missing himself, he has called on his side to return to Gloucestershire on Saturday night with all three points.
“We seem to do ok away from home and hopefully that is the same against Holmer Green. We must be doing ok cause Spider has booked a coach, but seriously we have got to be looking to beat Holmer Green and the teams around them – if we have any chance of a high finish in the league.
However saying that, we aren’t going to get carried away with the start we have had, we just need to continue to take every game as it comes,” Johnstone added.
Longlevens travel to Holmer Green on Saturday afternoon in the Hellenic Premier; kick off 15:00.