Prior calling for Brimscombe to break Brackley hoodoo

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior has called on his side to emulate Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Longlevens as they travel to Brackley Town Saints on Saturday afternoon.

A Sam Blackie hattrick and a couple of important Lewis Skyers saves saw Brimscombe advance in the Supplementary Cup on Tuesday night and after his side were beaten last weekend by Highworth, Prior was please with the reaction his side showed.

He said, “Tuesday night was a good response to last Saturday’s defeat. We played with a real intensity and purpose for the opening 25 minutes and put ourselves in the driving seat with some clinical finishing.”

The clinical finishing came at the hands of Blackie who scored a 17 minute hattrick at the Meadow in midweek, including an absolute rocket from 30 yards out and his manager was full of praise for their in form man.

“Sam has been fantastic for most of the season for us. This season he’s added goals to his game and he now carries a real threat for us in the “10” position. His work rate is phenomenal on and off the ball, he’s a vital part of the side and hopefully we can keep giving him the opportunities to score the goals.”

Blackie and his teammates will be looking to take their form into the Brackley Town Saints trip on Saturday but it won’t be easy. Brackley were beaten 3-2 by a very game Highmoor Ibis last weekend and the wounds will still be fresh for a young yet competitive side.

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Brimscombe won the reverse fixture 4-1 back in September but Prior is expecting a difficult time of it on Saturday.

“Saturday provides a tough test against a strong side and a place that in the previous three meetings we’ve never got a point from. It’s important to take Tuesday’s positive attitudes and performance into the game and if we play on the front foot and produce the same sort of quality as midweek, then we’ll have every chance of getting a positive result.”

Prior told us that he isn’t looking to change the squad much from Tuesday’s win as his side are pretty settled. But the Lilywhites train tonight [Thursday] so depending on any late knocks the changes will be limited. In terms of the wider scheme of things, Prior feels that his side are capable of gatecrashing the top six in the Hellenic Premier.

“The top 6 is obviously a target for us but with Binfield above us, we’ll certainly be made to work for it. It’s important we approach each game as it comes and if we have a fully fit squad to select from, there’s no reason why we can’t have a big push towards the end of the season.”

Will Brimscombe react to last week’s defeat against Highworth with their second win in five days? Find out when they travel to Brackley Town Saints on Saturday afternoon. Kick off 15:00