Martin urges Longlevens side to keep up their commitment and desire in bid to beat the drop

Longlevens manager Craig Martin has praised his sides commitment and desire in recent weeks, but is calling on his troops to keep going as the Hellenic Premier club battle hard in their bid to avoid relegation. 

Levens host Holmer Green at Saw Mills on Saturday afternoon and they will be looking to get revenge for their defeat in High Wycombe back in November.

Last weekend Martin saw his side held to a 3-3 draw away at Ardley United, after fighting back from behind twice to be leading 3-2 going into the final minutes.

“Saturday was very frustrating, but after we conceded the first goal Ardley could have and really should have gone and killed the game off. Thankfully Kane made two great saves on his debut and captain Shaun O’Connor blocked one off the line.” Martin told Severn Sport.

“After that though the boys played really well. My only problem last week was the defending at times. It’s not fair to blame the defenders when as a team at 3-2 up away from home we were caught being too attacking and got caught on the counter. It is something that we will be looking to avoid doing this weekend.” 

Longlevens go into the game with 13 games left, more games than the sides above them Tuffley Rovers & Abingdon United, including 7 home games. Martin is hopeful that his side can use that to their advantage, but knows that it is going to be a tough ride.

“Our home games are going to be very important and we’ve played Holmer Green twice – winning one and losing one, but they are a very difficult side to play against. They are a very well drilled side who are hard to break down and are very solid all over.

I just ask the lads to go out and perform to the best of their ability and give their all. Then if we do get beaten by a better side, we will hold our hands up and say we were second best – just as long as the boys have put the effort and commitment in.”

Whilst talking to Severn Sport Martin revealed that Shaun O’Connor & Luke Kavanagh would be missing Saturday’s game but the squad sees a couple of returning young faces.

“Logan Roach is back from going home for half term, I am back in the squad and will play if I am needed. Also we are able to bring back the youngster Tom Powell Davis into the squad, who is available again. Kane [Winman} is joined in the squad by Ash Wintle after illness, so we have a healthy competition for the number 1 jersey on Saturday.” 

Longlevens welcome Holmer Green to Saw Mills in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday afternoon; kick off at 15:00. 

 

Check out a preview into our featured game this weekend, Tuffley Rovers vs Ardley United, as Rovers manager Mark Pritchett calls Saturday’s game the first of 12 Cup Finals.