Martin praises Longlevens for “perfect reponse” to three week break

Longlevens manager Craig Martin has praised his side for returning to action after a three week break with a 6-2 win over a decent Burnham side last weekend. 

The win was Levens’ first game since their marathon FA Vase defeat at Falmouth Town on the first weekend of November and despite going 1-0 down, Martin’s side came back to take all three points.

“Saturday was a perfect response to the Falmouth defeat,” Martin said. “Going 1-0 behind was a bit harsh but Burnham are a big side and every time a set piece was whipped in they looked a real threat.

But we didn’t give up and the team responded perfectly to what was asked of them and for once we took are chances and the front 4/5 were relentless.”

The win at Saw Mills saw Longlevens move up to 10th in the Hellenic Premier table and despite the three week break due to the bad weather, Martin was delighted with how his side took to the task despite a slow warm up.

“The warm up on Saturday went exactly how I thought it would go after a long lay off due to the weather conditions we looked sluggish and lazy half way through the warm up I had to stop it because it wasn’t right the second half of the warm up was ten times better and we shook the cobwebs off!” Martin said.

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The game itself saw Harry Emmett steal the headlines with four goals and assisted for Jack Cornell to score his first goal for the first team, whilst Brad Martin also got on the scoresheet and even set up three himself.

But all the plaudits went Emmett’s way after he took his season tally to 13 for the season and Martin is delighted to see one of his young guns in great form.

“We all joke about Harry and where he could go from here,” laughed Martin. “He is just an unbelievable talent and his work rate is top notch aswell, he’s always making other players raise their game. 

We aren’t a one man team and we are all in it together, you could go on about Harry for days but he is a quiet humble lad who will just get on with his business, which is perfect for us,” Martin added.

This week sees Longlevens scheduled in for two more home games in a row, with Easington Sports at Saw Mills on Saturday – after a Floodlit Cup tie with Hereford Lads Club of the Hellenic League Division One West.

Ahead of the fixtures, Martin remains cautious with the predicted bad weather the county have been warned of but will be looking to get his squad back into playing consistent minutes as soon as possible.

“On Wednesday the squad will pretty much be the same [as Saturday] with maybe one or two coming into the squad. When you’ve had three weeks off football, we need to get the players back up to speed and we know all will want to be involved come Wednesday…weather permitting obviously,” said Martin.

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