Brimscombe & Thrupp striker Sam Blackie claimed a glorious hattrick to help his side into the next round of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup, beating Gloucestershire rivals Longlevens 4-1 in the process.
Blackie has received plaudits from us here at Severn Sport, including in the most recent episode of the Severn Sport Night In podcast, had three shots and scored three goals in a crazy 17 minute spell that saw the hosts score four goals and effectively kill the tie.
It could have all been so different though when Longlevens midfielder Dave Merrick burst into the Brimscombe penalty area and was brought down. Despite loud Longlevens protests and sheepish Brimscombe looks the referee waved play on, much to the dismay of the visitors.
In all honesty the first 10 minutes saw Longlevens have a lot of possession and in Brad Martin & Shaun O’Connor they constantly looked a threat.
Brimscombe came back into it and after Ashley Caldwell & Jack Smith missed chances the deadlock was broken by Blackie. After a neat spell of play between the Brimscombe forward line Blackie gave the Levens defenders the slip and slotted beyond the on rushing Ash Wintle.
Straight away Longlevens nearly equalised but a thunderous Dave Rich strike was met by a strong glove by Lilywhites keeper Lewis Skyers. Minutes later, it was 2-0.
After Brimscombe pressed the Longlevens box the ball was laid across from the left for Blackie to strike from all of 30 yards. His effort flew into the bottom corner leaving Ash Wintle nothing but a sprawling mess. It looked pretty unsavable in real time. An incredible strike to double the hosts’ lead.
The crowd had barely settled down after Blackie’s strike when they were celebrating another goal. This time it was a ball by Dan Hill down the right that ultimately saw Ed Major in on the right hand side of the box. The Brimscombe winger did what you are taught, he hit it low, hard and across Wintle. The ball nestled into the corner and the Meadow was rocking.
Longlevens came again though, but it became apparent it wasn’t their night when after a cross was cleared to Shaun O’Connor about 20 yards out, his glorious volley was clawed out of the very top corner by a terrific Skyers.
The save became even more crucial when Brimscombe made it four with 10 minutes left of the half. This time it was poor from Longlevens defensively as Blackie took advantage of a ball that bobbled around the Levens penalty area. Once again, Blackie gave Ash Wintle no chance.
Longlevens made two changes at half time with Ryan Dunn and Olly Long entering the fray. With Ed Smyllie tucked in at centre half and Long alongside Jonty Welch and Dave Merrick in the midfield, there was a bit more balance to the side.
Their fortunes didn’t change though as the visitors continued to find Lewis Skyers unbeatable. This time it was Jonty Welch who fired in an effort from 25 yards, again like O’Connor’s in the first half the ball was heading for the top corner, only for Skyers to get fingertips to it to keep his clean sheet in tact.
That clean sheet was gone just after the hour mark when Myron Turner set Dunn clear down the right, his cross was deflected into the path of Brad Martin who netted a consolation for Longlevens.
In the end Brimscombe comfortably saw the game out. A truly clinical display that sees them advance to the next round of the Supplementary Cup. Longlevens will be disappointed on the whole with their performance but when you are down on your luck as they are at the moment that is just how it goes.
Brimscombe return to action away at Brackley Town Saints on Saturday before hosting Fairford Town in another local derby under the lights at the Meadow next Tuesday (27th).
For Longlevens, they travel to Reading to play struggling Highmoor Ibis at the weekend before a crucial Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie at home to Bracknell Town next Wednesday night (28th) a game you can follow live on Severn Sport next midweek.
Brimscombe & Thrupp: Skyers, Hill, Vadasz, Caldwell (Evans 63′), Pitts, Greenhough (c), Major, Simpson, Smith (Nash 73′), Blackie, Deakin (Pitt 73′)
Subs Not Used: Pates, Gale
Longlevens: Wintle, Kavanagh (c), Sausman, Merrick, Smyllie, Welch (Kennedy 70′), Turner, Rich (Long 46′), O’Connor, Martin, Phillips (Dunn 46′)
Subs Not Used: Lewis
Severn Sport Man Of The Match: Sam Blackie (Brimscombe & Thrupp)