Prior looking for positive reaction in cup clash

Brimscombe and Thrupp manager Sam Prior is looking for his side to respond in a positive way when they welcome Longlevens to The Meadow on Tuesday evening, with the two teams hoping to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup.

Prior saw his side lose at home to Hellenic Premier League leaders Highworth Town on Saturday, whilst Longlevens salvaged a point right at the death at home to Royal Wootton Bassett.

The two sides currently sit 7th and 8th in the league, but Brimscombe hold a comfortable 10 point advantage over their Gloucestershire rivals.

In what has largely been a positive season so far for Prior and his side, the Brimscombe gaffer says that his side are in the competition to win it but knows it will be a tough test.

“Of course we set out to win everything that we possibly can at the start of the season, so it’s an important competition in that respect” he said.

“Tomorrow night’s game is one that we can use to get valuable minutes into a few lads that need game time and we’re looking for a positive response from Saturday as we produced a below par performance against Highworth.

“Since the turn of the year we have been excellent so the boys are allowed one poor performance but it’s important we bounce back straight away tomorrow to carry that into league action at Brackley Town Saints on Saturday.”

When Severn Sport spoke to Tuffley Rovers right back Sam Hill, he claimed that Tuffley want to be “the best side in Gloucestershire in the Hellenic”.

Prior, however, says that it isn’t something that he’s interested in talking about, choosing rather to back his side against all of his side’s county divisional rivals.

“We are always eager to beat anyone and everyone we play, whether it be Longlevens, Tuffley or any other side for that matter.

“We’ve never listened much to the ‘best team in Gloucestershire’ tag that seems to get talked about by other sides. We know the quality within the side is strong and we back them to win enough games to get us into a position to finish higher than the others.

“Longlevens are an established Hellenic Premier League side and we know that if we finish above them we’ll be in a healthy league position come the end of the season.”

Prior will have a full strength squad at his disposal tomorrow night, with his opposite number in the dugout Mark Moore having rested a few of his side over the weekend.

Speaking on Saturday after his side claimed a late point against Royal Wootton Bassett, Moore said “Expect changes [on Tuesday]. We haven’t had any injuries today but having left Brad (Martin), Shaun (O’Connor), Jonty (Welch) & Myron (Turner) on the bench they will be firing come Tuesday. We will be going there all guns blazing and we are going there to win.”

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