Longlevens manager Mark Moore says it would be easy to say his side haven’t been getting the rub of the green in recent weeks as his side look to avoid a third defeat in a row on Saturday, when they welcome Royal Wootton Bassett Town to Saw Mills.
After three wins to nil to start 2018 Longlevens have lost consecutive matches, both away from home. A 6-2 loss at Flackwell Heath on the 3rd February was followed up by a 3-1 defeat in our featured game here on Severn Sport, away at Abingdon last weekend.
Now, first team manager Moore will be looking to change his side’s fortunes by shuffling the pack. When we caught up with Moore he said
“Expect changes. We have a great squad and all of the boys are capable so we will be looking to freshen things up on Saturday. Jonty Welch is back in the squad which will boost the team.”
With Welch welcomed back into the squad and young prospect Olly Long due back in the next fortnight, Longlevens are now getting up to full speed as they look to close out the season on the front foot. Moore was quick to warn his side against complacency ahead of Saturday’s arrival of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Moore told us
“It’s very important to get back to winning ways. The last two games we haven’t played bad but we’ve let ourselves down in 5-10 minute spells and we have been punished… We talk about complacency a lot in the changing room so one thing we won’t be doing as a squad is becoming relaxed.”
Royal Wootton Bassett travel to Gloucestershire licking their wounds after a bad patch of form that hasn’t seen them win in the league since their 1-0 win at Ascot on December 16th 2017. They were most recently on the end of a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Fairford Town, on Valentine’s night.
Their three previous league games before then have seen Bassett defeated at home by Wantage Town, Flackwell Heath and then Brimscombe & Thrupp. However, Bassett did knock Highworth Town out of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup less than two weeks ago, winning 2-1.
Sam Collier’s men will be look to emulate their performance against Longlevens from back in November, when they were victorious 2-1 at the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground.
If Bassett are to be successful they will need to improve on their torrid away record. On the road they have lost 8 out of their 14 league matches whilst only winning 4 and drawing 2. For the hosts, similar to their overall record it tends to be all or nothing as Longlevens have won and lost 6 a piece at home, drawing the other 3.
Can Longlevens get back to winning ways? You can find out right here on Severn Sport as Longlevens vs Royal Wootton Bassett will be our featured game.
Longlevens Squad vs Royal Wootton Bassett Town:
Wintle, Dunn, Smyllie, Kavanagh, Phillips, Beaton, Sausman, Kennedy, Welch, Rich, Turner, C Martin, B Martin, Merrick, O’Connor
Severn Sport Key Players:
Shaun O’Connor (Longlevens) – O’Connor has been vital going forward since the turn of the year and with 20 goals in all competitions on the horizon he will be itching t0 get nearer to the landmark.
Sam Collier (Royal Wootton Bassett Town) – Having seen Bassett with and without Collier this season it is clear how important he is their setup. With a lot of young players in and around the squad he will be looking to lead his troops by example.