“It’s great to start with a win” says Kavanagh as Longlevens beat Shrivenham

Longlevens defender Luke Kavanagh says it’s great for his side to start with a win, as his first game back as a First Team player saw Levens beat Shrivenham 4-1.

Kavanagh, who stepped down as Reserves’ team manager in the summer to make a full return to the First Team squad, saw his attacking teammates take it to their visitors, with Elliot Kennedy scoring a hat-trick in the process and Brad Martin opening his account for the season as well.

“It’s great to get back into league action,” said Kavanagh. “We’ve changed some things on how we approach games this season, so yesterday was the first time to put that to the test for real.

At the end of the day, when you look on social media and see leagues being postponed due to COVID-19, every game is a bonus, so we have to approach every game like it might be the last one, because who knows what’s round the corner.

I made a decision to suit me in pre season, as I still felt that I had something left to give at this level and hopefully I can continue to contribute as much as I can. The side is completely different to any ive been involved with at Longlevens and its a great place to be,” added the centre back.

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The result comes in Longlevens’ first Hellenic Premier fixture of the season and goes some way to making up for their defeat at Risborough Rangers in the FA Cup at the start of September and Kavanagh was pleased with how well his side and in particular the front three of Brad Martin, Harry Emmett and Kennedy applied themselves during the game.

“It’s always good to start with a win and that was the message yesterday, leading into to the game.

We were clinical yesterday, took our chances well and worked hard off the ball to make it tough for them. We were disappointed in the manner that we conceded the goal and spoke about that after the game, but all in all happy to start with a home win.

In all the years I’ve been involved, we’ve played with one real focal point, yesterday we had two/three which, when playing from the back is a massive plus for us.

We knew when he came to the club he would score goals for us and that’s what he did yday. It’s gives us a different dimension which will only be a plus for the team in the long run,” Kavanagh said.

Saturday’s win sees Longlevens sit top of the table after the first game, but they have a tough test on Wednesday night with the visit of Lydney Town. Town have won on their last two visits to Saw Mills – winning both games 3-2 and Kavanagh knows just how important three points could be for Wednesday’s hosts.

“It’s never an easy game against Lydney, that is for sure,” said Kavanagh. “We always seem to have them at home early on, which always is a tough test and have been beaten a few times.

But the lads are aware of that, so we’ll have that in the back of our mind going into the game. There would be nothing better opening up with two home wins, especially leading into the FA Vase at home again next Saturday.

But there are no easy games at this level,so we have to approach it with the right attitude and intensity and go from there,” Kavanagh added.

Longlevens welcome Lydney Town to Saw Mills on Wednesday night and will be our featured game, so you will be able to follow the game with live Twitter updates @SevernSport

Check out the full list of results in and around Gloucestershire this weekend right here

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