Longlevens manager calls on squad to step up ahead of visit of Windsor

Longlevens manager Craig Martin has called on his side to step up in place of top scorer Brad Martin, who misses Saturday’s game with Windsor. 

The Levens boss spoke to us after seeing his side draw 1-1 away at Lydney Town on Tuesday night. After Brad Martin had put the visitors away, Jack Rutter smothered the ball home to ensure the points were shared.

“Tuesday’s performance was a gutsy one that saw us huff and puff, but just couldn’t get things right in the final third enough.

It was a good game to watch in all honesty and I believe it was a fair result in the end. As a player I don’t think we’ve ever got a point at Lydney and I might be wrong but usually we get battered at Lydney.

What we have done so far this season is turned a few losses into draws which has been credit to everyone involved,” added Martin.

After back to back draws against Gloucestershire sides, Longlevens welcome Windsor to Saw Mills at the weekend and Martin will be without younger brother Brad, who is away with work.

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Ahead of the game, Martin has called on his squad to step up in place of the prolific front man, including the impressive Harry Emmett, who is the second top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions.

“Saturday is another hard test for us with Windsor at home as we know nothing about them this season.

I spoke to the Westfields manager the other week and he said he was very impressed with them and said that Windsor are a decent outfit.

Being without our top scorer Brad on Saturday is going to be tough and it will take the likes of Harry [Emmett], Isaac [Johns] and the rest of the midfield to step up and get some goals,” said the Longlevens manager.

Tuesday night’s draw saw another good performance in goal for Kane Winman, who added to his solid display against Brimscombe with another impressive performance and Martin has praised the keeper for his return from injury, as well as number one keeper Ash Wintle.

“Kane has played two games in a row and in both games he has been superb!” Martin told us.

“He is backed by Ash [Wintle] as well and I believe they are enjoying the battle and bettering one another. Last week he was superb and then on Tuesday he made some fantastic saves.

Both Ash and Kane are both really good lads and I’ve enjoyed having them battle for the number 1 jersey. As long as they both keep doing, we will be in great hands on the keeper front for the rest of the season,” Martin added.

Longlevens host Windsor at Saw Mills on Saturday 1st February in the Hellenic Premier; kick off 15:00.

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