Prior hoping to keep up momentum in league and cup, starting with Binfield on Tuesday night

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior is hoping his side won’t let Saturday’s weather disruption affect their momentum as they look ahead to a big February, starting with Tuesday’s Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie with Binfield. 

The Lilywhites welcome Berkshire based Binfield to The Meadow as they return to action after their fixture at home to Abingdon United was called off at the weekend.

Prior spoke to Severn Sport ahead of Tuesday’s game, a game that we will be look to get down to.

“It was frustrating not to play on Saturday following a wonderful result and performance in the midweek at Wantage, but it was evident that the match would be off early on so it helped us arrange training and put on a good session to keep the lads ticking over.” 

As Prior mentioned, Brimscombe saw their lead at the top of the Hellenic Premier extend to 4 points after a 2-1 win away at Wantage Town last midweek. That win came off the back of two 3-1 wins at The Meadow, which means Brimscombe have won their last three games since a 2-0 cup defeat – a defeat that came at the hands of Tuesday’s opponents.

Prior is looking to put December’s defeat at the back of his mind as he looks to give much needed minutes to his squad.

“Obviously it is disappointing to lose any game, but the last time out against Binfield it was just one of those game where it didn’t happen for us!

Tuesday is another cup game so we will be looking to give minutes to a few of the lads who need them and hopefully it will allow us to prepare properly for Saturday’s game, when we actually travel to Binfield.” Prior added.

Even though the Lilywhites are four points clear, they have played as many as three games more than sides below them – but with that being said Prior has backed his side to finish the season in strong fashion.

“It’s great to be top of the league and it is the first time the club has ever led the Hellenic Premier Division at this stage of the season. We are all aware that teams can catch us with their games in hand, but all we can do is keep trying to win football matches and keep the pressure on the chasing pack. 

Whatever happens from here on in though, it has been another progressive season for us and that is all I can ask from the staff and the players alike. 

In the last few weeks Brimscombe have seen players come in and depart, with Harrison Reeves heading out to Australia and former Longlevens striker James Campbell coming in to bolster the forward line. Prior is looking to use fixtures like tomorrow night as a chance to ensure his squad is settled and firing on all cylinders.

“We are expecting to be full strength going into tomorrow night’s game and like I said, we’ll use it as a chance to get minutes into some of the lads that haven’t played as much as others.

It is of course a game we’d still like to win but it is also important to try and get everyone on the same level to enable us to get as strong a finish to the season as possible.”

Brimscombe & Thrupp vs Binfield in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup takes place on Tuesday 5th February (weather permitting) and kicks off at 19:45. If you can’t make it follow the action live from The Meadow on Severn Sport.