After a brief visit to Slimbridge’s pre-season training yesterday Severn Sport was in attendance as players gathered at Longford Lane for the first session for Hellenic side Longlevens.
Longlevens’ first team and reserves gathered as they welcomed new faces from around the county to be put through their paces as Levens get ready for their opening friendly next Friday evening, when they welcome Cirencester Town to Saw Mills.
Our man Tyrell Foster took part in the most intense training session he has ever done and did a great job. More on his performance later on though.
The squads met up just hours after we broke the news that top-scorer Brad Martin would be departing for fellow Hellenic Premier side, Bishops Cleeve. Shaun O’Connor was absent so it was up to Myron Turner and Isaac Johns to represent the forwards that had been playing for the first team last season.
Johns, still only 18, is already being earmarked as the natural successor to the vacant centre forward slot and has showed glimpses throughout the start of 2018 – when he was promoted from the third team for the end of the season.
Johns was joined by fellow third teamers Rhys Lewis, Tom Powell-Davies, Harry Emmett and Toby Shelton, who all appeared throughout the season for the first team, catching the eye and receiving plaudits for their displays.
One member of the first team was in attendance but didn’t take part and that was highly rated youngster Ollie Long, who is still recovering from a long term hip injury. Long should be back in time for the start of the Hellenic Premier campaign on Saturday 4th August.
Of the new faces we cannot mention too many names as deals haven’t been confirmed but Longlevens appear to be bringing a mixture of youth and experience to bolster a squad that finished in their highest league position at Hellenic level last season. We can confirm that left back Logan Roach is set to join up after appearing for Gloucester City U18s last season respectively.
First team coach Mark Moore was joined by assistants Matt Sysum & Craig Martin as well as newly appointed second team coaches Dan English and Dan McDonald as they ran the 25+ in attendance to the ground with a plethora of drills and intense training regimes.
Moore was full of praise for the individuals who turned up and blew away the cobwebs of their summer breaks. “Tonight went really well. There were plenty of fresh faces which is always good to see. The effort from all the boys was fantastic, we really did test them tonight both physically and mentally and I thought they all did really well. Obviously there a few that could do with a few more fitness sessions but that’s to be expected. But overall the condition of the lads was really good.”
It is worth mentioning that three of the more senior first team players, Dave Rich, Ryan Dunn and Luke Kavanagh really did show the new blood how it is done. Mark Moore should rightfully excited with his squad going into their pre-season schedule.
As mentioned our man Tyrell Foster was there getting involved and Moore was full of praise for him.
“For Tyrell to come in and be thrown in at the deep end like that he really has done fantastic. In the running at the end he looked a little tired but he didn’t do himself an injustice. I’m looking forward to see how he gets on as pre-season ramps up. Ryan has got him in for the charity match at the weekend so I can’t wait to see him in action.”
The charity match Moore makes reference to is the Longlevens vs E.G. Carter match at Saw Mills on Saturday (23rd June) lunchtime. Tyrell is joined by fellow Severn Sport member Kelsey De Maria for the E.G. Carter XI. The game is being held to raise money for the charities Children With Cancer UK and The James Hopkins Trust. We encourage you all to come down.