It has taken Brimscombe & Thrupp 14 attempts but this weekend finally saw the Lilywhites claim all three points in a league game this season as they turned the table on it’s head and won 2-1 at Brackley Town Saints.
Brimscombe went into the game with a 0-5-8 record from their opening 13 league games having been involved in the title race until the very end of last season and not many would have backed them against a Brackley side sitting pretty in 4th.
Even fewer would have backed Sam Prior’s men when George Ball rifled the hosts in front, but a Jamie Bremner corner and Johan Flo winner saw the Lilywhites head back to Gloucestershire with all three points.
Following the game Prior spoke to Severn Sport about the game and was full of praise for his side.
“We’re obviously delighted to finally get the win,” said Prior. “It’s a position we never expected to find ourselves in, yet for various reasons are. The hard work the lads have put in over the last few weeks just made it feel like something was coming for us.
We went to Brackley with a game plan and asked the lads to be patient and disciplined out of possession, and the greatest plan in the world only works if the players produce it on the pitch and yesterday everybody was fantastic.
We’ve never won at Brackley, in fact, I don’t think we’ve ever got a point there, so to go there and win after the run and start we’ve had just about sums up our season,” Prior added.
The result was met with delight around the county, with social media posts of support being sent to the club, Prior and his assistant Tim Wilkins and Prior has thanked everybody for his messages of support over the last few weeks.
“It’s great to see the support. It’s not something I wanted to see, but people have been great. Experienced local managers have rung me up and told me to stick at it and it’s great to have that kind of relationship with fellow managers.
We try to treat others as we want to be treated, that was the same last year when finishing 2nd, so hopefully when you’re down in the dumps, people remember it both ways. So much can change in such a short time in football. It’s been a massive learning curve for us all, especially me,” Prior said.
The win sees Brimscombe move three points ahead of bottom placed Holmer Green and eight points behind the side above them, Virginia Water. However with as many as three games in hand over the sides in and around them, Prior has called for his side to kick on and build momentum following this weekend’s result.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Prior admitted. “But we had to start somewhere, and now that we have the next game is more important than yesterday and so on and so on. There is no point winning at Brackley and losing the next four, otherwise it’ll all be smoke without fire.
I left that message with the lads in the changing room afterwards, enjoy it, because it’s been that bloody long since we won a league game, but this has to be the first of a fair few if we are to pull ourselves out of trouble,” Prior added.
Brimscombe & Thrupp will look to build on Saturday’s win when they travel to Bristol Telephones in the GFA Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night, before hosting Burnham at the Meadow in the league next weekend.