Moore backing Longlevens to rediscover winning touch

Longlevens manager Mark Moore is calling on his side to rediscover the winning touch after a bad month for his side.

It is safe to say that February has not been the best month of Longlevens’ season with one draw and three defeats from the four games played, the latest being the 4-1 defeat at rivals Brimscombe & Thrupp on Tuesday night in the Supplementary Cup.

Last time out in the league an 89th minute equaliser by Myron Turner was enough to salvage a point against Royal Wootton Bassett Town and now Levens are on the road in their bid to end the month strongly. They travel to Reading to take on Highmoor Ibis and Moore has backed his squad to change fortunes.

“All of the boys are fully aware that the results can go against you if we’re not performing but there is no doubt that the boys will stick together. We know in that changing room that our luck will change shortly.”

After the Bassett game Moore bemoaned the lack of big decisions going his side’s way in recent weeks and that wasn’t helped on Tuesday night, when at 0-0 Dave Merrick was brought down in the box but no penalty was awarded. Moore puts it down to just bad luck but has pointed out that he has felt aggrieved with lack of decisions in the last four games.

Another calling card during this bad run of form has been the lack of goals despite Longlevens carving out chance after chance in games. Moore however, has backed his players in front of goal.

When asked if he was concern by the lack of goals Moore said “I’m not concerned at all. Over the course of a season we’ve scored plenty of goals. And for me I think as long as we keep doing the right things we will start scoring more goals. We have a squad of very capable players at our disposal.”

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Despite the positivity Moore is conscious of the importance for his side to start winning again.

“It’s crucial we get back to winning ways as soon as possible. A week is a long time in the Hellenic League and if you’re not winning it seems even longer.”

Levens, who currently occupy 8th in the league travel to Highmoor Ibis on Saturday and will be favourites going into the game despite the form of the two sides.

The Berkshire based side notched up an unexpected win against Brackley Town Saints last weekend and the young side made Longlevens work hard for their 2-0 win at Saw Mills last month. So Saturday’s game is anything but a foregone conclusion.

Moore will have his assistant Craig Martin back after missing Tuesday’s game through work commitments and with Bracknell Town travelling to Saw Mills for the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie on Wednesday night, changes will be made for Saturday’s game.

Can Longlevens end their four game winless run? Find out on Saturday when they travel to Highmoor Ibis in Reading. Kick off 15:00