Prior delighted with clean sheet after Ollie Pitt’s winner against Lydney

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior says he is delighted with the reaction of his side in their 1-0 win over Lydney Town and praised his side for keeping a rare clean sheet in the process. 

After last weekend’s lacklustre performance in their 2-2 draw with Holmer Green, Brimscombe moved up to 17th in the Hellenic Premier table following a hard fought win at the Meadow this weekend.

“We asked the lads before the game for a reaction to a below par performance last week and they certainly did that,” Prior told us after the game.

“In a very tight game, I think we just about edged it and a 1-0 win feels like a proper performance. The clean sheet is important too as we’ve not kept anywhere near enough of them this season and the goal was the only real bit of quality that separated the two sides on the day,” Prior added.

The win sees Brimscombe stretch their unbeaten start to 2020 in the league to 6 games and is their second win in their last three fixtures and with a tough run of mainly away fixtures coming up in the Hellenic Premier, Prior has called for his side to keep taking things a game at a time and not get too carried away.

“It’s very cliche I know, but it’s one game at a time for us as it always has been. We want to win and get ourselves well clear of any danger and from that perspective, we’ve still a lot of work to do.

However, I’ve been delighted in the main with the attitude and application of the squad to pick ourselves up from a really poor league position and get ourselves within striking distance of the middle pack.

We’ve still got some key and tough games to come, but we’ll approach them when they come around and keep trying to pick up as many points as we can,” said the Brimscombe boss.

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The winning goal came from substitute Ollie Pitt, who notched up his sixth goal of the season and whilst Pitt hasn’t netted as many times this campaign than usual, Prior has praised his influence on the side and has even blamed himself for Pitt’s goal return so far this season.

“Ollie for the main has been excellent again this season and although he’ll openly admit he hasn’t got as many goals as previous years, he’ll point the finger firmly towards me as we’ve played him wide of the front three more than his favoured number 10 position.

However, if you looked at the stats from the last 18 months he’d probably be close to top on assists in the whole league. His quality on the ball can win you matches, like yesterday, and if he’s not scoring you know he can create for someone else.

He’s an important piece of the jigsaw and like so many of the other players, brings different qualities to the side that all add up to making us a strong unit and a tough side to play against,” Prior said. 

Brimscombe move onto their Floodlit Cup tie with Malmesbury Victoria on Tuesday night and Prior has called on his side to approach the game in the right mindset and keep building their momentum.

“We’ll be expecting a tough game against a decent side, who’ve had a good season so far. We know that if we approach the game properly that we can get the win, so it’ll be all about attitude for us on Tuesday night and making sure we first and foremost, match the work rate and endeavour of Malmesbury.

If we do that, we’ll be confident that our quality can shine through and hopefully get ourselves into the next round of the cup. One things for certain though, after the debacle at Bristol telephones last month, we’ll certainly be approaching the game with a strong side and in the correct manner,” added Prior.

Brimscombe & Thrupp head to Malmesbury Victoria in the Bluefin Sports Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night; kick off 19:45.

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