Brimscombe & Thrupp found themselves just 20 minutes away from their first league win of the season on Tuesday night, but after an equaliser for Shrivenham their wait goes on. But manager Sam Prior believes his side’s performances show the win is coming.
After a disastrous start saw Shrivenham take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes, goals from Edd Major and Ash Caldwell saw the Lilywhites level the game up before the half hour mark.
A second of the night for Major saw Brimscombe go 3-2 up before Shrivenham’s late leveller saw the points shared.
“Well it is another game without a win, but it’s also a game we didn’t lose – which I think is more important,” said Prior after the game.
“We have to build slow and a point away from home, after being 2-0 down is always a good point. It has to come sooner rather than later and the spirit and togetherness within the squad that played Tuesday night is exactly the right mix that’ll get us over the line and back to winning ways,” Prior added.
Tuesday night’s game was Brimscombe’s first outing since their defeat at Virginia Water ten days previously and Prior has bemoaned the constant break between games, whilst believing his side managed to shake off a sluggish start to claim a well earned point.
“We started the game like a side that again hadn’t played for ten days – something which is becoming the norm this season. We were sluggish and were made to pay for it by a strong Shrivenham side.
After Ed Major scores, we came to life and our performance from there was a battling one. We worked as hard as our opponents did and after losing the lead we had a chance to go in front again, but for the main had to defend for our lives and the point felt very good against a side that we’re looking for their 7th win on the spin,” said Prior.
Last week saw the news announced that forward Sam Blackie had left the Meadow and Prior admits that whilst he understands Blackie’s decision to take a step away from football, the door is always open for him at the club.
“We’re disappointed to lose Sam, both as a player on the pitch but also a popular figure off of it. It hasn’t quite happened for him this season, like it hasn’t for the majority of us, but he found that his work commitments and schedule was too much to get Hellenic Premier football into as well, and decided to take a breather from it.
Sam has been fantastic for us and for me personally. The door will always be open for him if he gets the bug back.”
Brimscombe are due to take on Ardley United at the Meadow this weekend, weather permitting and ahead of the game Prior called on his side to build on the momentum of a good performance on Tuesday night.
“Ardley are a good young side and always seem to cause us problems whenever we play, so we’ll be expecting another tough test. It’s important we try and carry Tuesday’s momentum into Saturday and go after that illusive first three points,” Prior said
Brimscombe & Thrupp host Ardley United at the Meadow in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 23rd November; kick off 15:00