Longlevens manager Martin faces selection headache ahead of key game with Reading City

Longlevens manager Craig Martin faces a selection headache ahead of his side’s six pointer away at Reading City this weekend. 

With Longlevens realistically needing 1 point from their next two games (both against Reading City) to secure Hellenic Premier survival, Martin has been dealt a blow with injuries, suspension and general unavailability.

“Selection this weekend is a big headache for me. It’s our final away game of the season and we find ourselves with 4 out injured, 1 suspended, 1 on holiday and a couple of lads unavailable, so it’s going to be down to the bare bones come Saturday,” Martin admitted.

With Luke Kavanagh suspended and Harry Emmett on holiday amongst other unavailable, it may see Martin put his boots back on this weekend.

Severn Sport understands that midfielder Jonty Welch will be one of the players missing after going off in the second half at Wantage on Tuesday night, with an ankle injury.

The game itself saw Levens leading the title challengers thanks to Brad Martin’s 6th goal since returning to the club, before ultimately losing 2-1 thanks to a 96th minute winner.

The game was almost a free hit for Longlevens after their dramatic 3-2 comeback win at Royal Wootton Bassett Town last weekend and Craig Martin knows that after a mixed week, his side are in a great position ahead of such a big weekend.

“Tuesday night was a hard loss to take for sure, but Wantage didn’t give up and that is why they are up at the top of the league – even when they aren’t playing well they still pick up wins and that ultimately leads to titles. 

Our lads shouldn’t be where they are in the league is all I hear from the opposition at the end of every game we play, so that speaks volumes about how we have approached the fight. 

Last Saturday at Bassett we earned three points that has helped us towards survival but nobody knows how many teams are actually going down at this moment so we know that coming into this game on Saturday any result for us will ensure we finish at least 3rd from bottom.” 

What Martin alludes to above is that at this stage no one actually knows how many sides will be going down from the Hellenic Premier.

Due to Oxford City Nomads withdrawing from the league at the start of the season, Severn Sport understands that it will be depend on whether the Nomads will be classed as a relegated side. If they are then that means only the bottom side will be relegated and that side is currently Abingdon United.

However, if the Nomads aren’t included as a relegated side, then the bottom two sides could be relegated. As we mentioned earlier, a point this weekend secures Longlevens 3rd from bottom and should see them safe.

Saturday’s fixture of Reading City vs Longlevens will be our featured game on Severn Sport. Follow the game live on our social media platforms via the Goalshouter app from 14:00, ahead of the 15:00 kick off. 


Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this weekend right here.