Martin eyeing up league double over Brackley for Longlevens- If game beats the weather!

Longlevens first team manager Craig Martin is eyeing up a rare league double over Brackley Town Saints, ahead of their trip to Saw Mills on Saturday afternoon. 

The game sees Longlevens return to action after their FA Vase defeat at Falmouth Town a fortnight ago after their fixture with Binfield was called off last weekend, but going into this weekend’s fixture Martin has praised his side for keeping morale high and staying focused during the break.

“This group of lads that we have at the moment just bounce off each other and within the group it’s a bit like when the old guard first came through the ranks together. You know we have the mentality that we are all in it together.

Of course we were deflated by the result in the Vase, every team would be, but we are all men and just have to get on with the task at hand and on Saturday we have another testing fixture,” Martin added.

Martin will have a full squad to choose from going into the game with Brackley, with only Kane Winman {collarbone] on the sidelines and duo Ellis Sausman and Dave Merrick away.

But even though the game is scheduled to go ahead as planned, Martin has admitted that the weather in the coming days will decide whether the fixture will be played.

Saturday is going to be a bit like last weekend, it’s going to be touch and go for the game to go ahead with the forecast we are due, but we are having the pitch verti drained this week so hopefully this can help with getting the game,” the Longlevens manager told us.

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Back in August Longlevens claimed all three points at St James’ Park after an own goal and a strike for midfielder Tommy Callinan saw Levens run out 2-0 winners, but Martin knows that Brackley have a reputation as one of the toughest sides in the division and is expecting another tough test this weekend.

“Brackley away was a very good team performance and we could have easily came away winning by a few more but on another day could of lost – Kane Winman was in fine form for us on the day.

Saturday is always going to be hard against a young, fit side who try to play total football on the heavy grounds and even though it will be difficult to play like that, they all seem to be up for the task so we will have to be ready and at the races come Saturday,” Martin added.

Longlevens head to Brackley Town Saints in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 16th November; kick off 15:00

READ MORE: Check out the full list of fixtures in and around Gloucestershire this weekend right here

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