REPORT – Brimscombe and Thrupp 0-2 Longlevens

Luke Kavanagh at The Meadow

Longlevens travelled to Gloucestershire rivals Brimscombe and Thrupp this afternoon knowing that they have a perfect record at The Meadow having defeated their counterparts twice there the previous season.

With a last minute pitch inspection past the game was set up to be an old fashioned derby clash with the pitch rapidly cutting up as the minutes ticked on.

Longlevens had the better on the first half and created chances through Craig Martin and Dave Merrick which were both thwarted by Brimscombe goalkeeper Steve Sparrow.

Half Time 0-0 

Longlevens could of been ahead inside 30 seconds of the first half and Dave Merrick worked himself into a one on one position but unfortunately rolled his effort inches wide of sparrows right hand post.

With visible signs of water on the surface of the pitch Brimscombe started the better of the two teams and forced some solid defending from the levens back 4 and a superb one handed save from Ollie Hall to deny Jamie Bish.

As the half wore on Longlevens had more chances to counter attack and it was with this that they opened the scoring, dave merrick again worked himself into a one on one with sparrow and this time made no mistake rolling the ball underneath the onrushing keeper and into the net. 

10 minutes later and Brad Martin produced  abit of magic to elude the Thrupp defender to roll the ball underneath Sparrow and seal the game for the Visitors. 

2-0 Longlevens.

Longlevens Manager James French commented on his teams performance “that is up there with one of the best performances of the season for me as we really dug in on a tough pitch in awful conditions to come away with all 3 points”

Longlevens: Hall, Kavanagh, Sausman, Smyllee, Beaton, OConnor, Hughes, Merrick, C Martin (Welsh 75), Montgomery (Rich 80), B Martin (Why 85)