Brimscombe & Thrupp First Team Manager Sam Prior hopes that his side’s cup performances can encourage a change in fortunes in the Hellenic League, ahead of the Lilywhites’ trip to Christchurch in the FA Vase this weekend.
Brimscombe still sit bottom of the Hellenic Premier without a win, but haven’t been aided by a fixture list that has seen them go two weeks without a game for the second time this season so far, something that Prior has turned into a positive ahead of their game this weekend.
“You can’t hide that it’s frustrating from the point of view that we’ve not been able to follow up a good cup win at Kidlington Development at the end of September with a few games to put us in good stead for Saturday.
But there are a few positives in that we’ve managed to get a few lads back on track in terms of fitness and I’m hoping that with all holidays and injuries now hopefully behind us, we can start selecting from a consistent squad of players and that can only benefit us with players playing themselves into form,” Prior said.
So far this season the Lilywhites have only tasted wins in cup competitions and have scored the bulk of their goals along the way. Last time out a James Campbell hattrick helped Brimscombe beat Kidlington Development 6-1 in the Hellenic League Challenge Cup and Prior believes that maintaining the winning feeling in the cups can carry over into the league campaign going forward.
“It does seem like we’ve decided to ditch the league campaign and only turn up for cup games,” Prior joked to Severn Sport.
“On a serious note, we obviously want & need to turn our league form around and I’m sure we will, but cup games can still promote confidence so we’ll be looking to get three wins in our next three games – all cups and take that into our next run of Hellenic league matches,” Prior added.
On Saturday Prior’s men head to Dorset to take on Christchurch of the Sydenhams Football League (formerly known as the Wessex League) and Prior says that for once he has a full squad available and with a team night out planned for after the game, he has called for his side to replicate last season’s form.
“Being honest, we don’t know too much about Christchurch other than they have had a steady start to their season and look to be a decent side. We are travelling with effectively a full squad and will be going into the match with a game plan and I’m hoping the boys can produce the goods on the day.
They have planned a team night out in Bournemouth after the game, so there are no surprises that the whole squad have said they available.”
Earlier on in the season we spoke to Prior and he said that it was important from Brimscombe to stick together as a team despite being the only side in the Hellenic Premier to not win a league game and Prior told us that the mentality hasn’t changed and the determination in the squad is still there.
“Of course it is still important for us to stick together,” said Prior. “It can only be ourselves who can turn a bloody awful start, in terms of points, into league wins so we need to work hard in training and take our form into the upcoming games and take our chances when they come.”
Brimscombe & Thrupp head to Christchurch in the FA Vase First Round on Saturday 14th October; kick off 15:00