Brad Martin winner sees Longlevens move up to 6th in the Hellenic Premier

Longlevens moved up to 6th in the Hellenic Premier with a 1-0 win at Shrivenham, thanks to Brad Martin’s second half winner. 

Levens, who secured a 6-1 win over the same opposition at Saw Mills on Wednesday night, went into the game with five players missing from the midweek win and included Reserve team manager Luke Kavanagh in the starting XI.

Martin’s goal came when Harry Emmett produced an exquisite drag back on the half way line before carrying the ball nearly 40 yards before laying it left to Ben Hands.

Hands, who continues to show great form in his return from long term injury, crossed for Martin to tuck home his 26th goal of the season with a neat finish.

The win was Levens’ 10th league game of the season and sees them move to two points behind Shrivenham, who sit in 5th in the league and only four points away from 4th placed Brackley Town Saints.

After the game we spoke to Brad Martin who spoke about the performance and another big away win for Longlevens this season.

“It was definitely a game of two halves,” said Martin. “In difficult conditions. with the slope and it being so windy but we defended excellently throughout, and even though it was difficult against the wind in first half – when we did get on the ball, we lacked a bit of quality.

But thankfully we managed to make them pay just after half time and then had a couple of chances late on to extend our lead, but fortunately we have come away with a deserved win in the end,” added the former Bishops Cleeve man.

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This weekend’s win continues Longlevens decent start to 2020, with the Hellenic Premier side winning four of their eight games and have only lost once in the last six league outings and Martin has called for his teammates to continue their momentum over the coming weeks, ahead of a run of six away games in their next seven league matches.

“We are playing well but I still think we have one or two more gears we could go through, so hopefully in the coming weeks we can find those extra gears and try a put a team to the sword.

Keeping momentum is massively important and we need to keep putting in performances, working hard and grinding out results.

The good thing is that the games last year that we’d have lost, we are now turning into draws and games we drew we are turning into wins – which is always a great sign,” Martin told us.

Longlevens host Long Crendon in the Floodlit Cup Quarter Final on Wednesday night and Martin believes his side need to approach the game with the same mindset if they are to advance into the Semi Finals.

“We want to win every game that we play and as I said before, momentum is key and with it being a Quarter Final of a cup on Wednesday night that we see as winnable, we’ll be doing all we can to get to the semi-final and approaching it in the same way we have our league matches recently,” Martin said.

Longlevens welcome Long Crendon in the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup at Saw Mills on Wednesday night; kick off 19:45

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