Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior has praised his side’s desire and determination after the Lilywhites ground out a 2-1 win at North Greenford United in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Tuesday night.
Goals from Jack Smith and Oli Barnes were enough to see Prior’s men through to the next round, where they will host fellow Gloucestershire side Cinderford Town.
Prior spoke to us on Wednesday morning about the game and praised his side for going into the unknown and getting the job done.
“I thought the performance was ok,” said Prior. “We grew into the game and created the better chances out of the two sides, possibly could and should have scored before we did – but certainly deserved the goal when it came.
We had to dig deep for the last 20 minutes or so but showed a real desire and determination that only competitive matches can bring and that was as pleasing as anything.
Being honest we didn’t have a clue what to expect [before the game.] You know we’re away from home in London after travelling up and I think it was always going to be a tight game.
But we made sure we took control & responsibility of the things we can affect and I think that ultimately pushed us over the line,” Prior added.
Brimscombe were made to sweat late on when North Greenford United were awarded a penalty after what appeared like a perfect good challenge from Jack Bartman and Prior admitted that whilst the key decision went against his side, he felt the referee hindered both sides over the 90 minutes.
“[Calling the penalty] Soft is an understatement. The official all evening was utterly dreadful, for both sides I may add.
We were in complete control of that game until the penalty and it gave them something to cling on to and allowed them to get their tails up when they weren’t in the game at all in terms of creating clear cut chances,” said Prior.
The win now means that Brimscombe will begin their Hellenic Premier season on the 16th September with the visit of Tuffley Rovers and will mean that by the time the new league season begins Brimscombe would have played two competitive FA Cup ties and Prior admits he is happy to see his side apply themselves in a run of competitive games.
“I think it’s obviously good for us to win games, it’s always good to win games, but I think the competitive edge is probably the biggest positive to playing cup games before the season starts.
Pre-season is great for fitness and shape and all those other bits, but that sharp side of football, the decision making and the game management parts can only be replicated in proper games,” added Prior.
The Preliminary Round tie takes place at the Meadow on Saturday 12th September and it sees the two sides meet for the second time in a month, after Stephen Cleal took his young Foresters side to Brimscombe for a friendly a couple of weeks ago and we asked Prior what kind of game he expects against Cinderford.
“A tough bloody game,” Prior said. “We played them pre-season and they played well on the night. I’m sure they’ve kicked on since then and will of course be favourites on the day.
But we’ll make sure we prepare properly and hopefully give them a good game as we did in pre season,” said the Brimscombe man.
Brimscombe & Thrupp welcome Cinderford Town to the Meadow in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 12th September and it will be live on Severn Sport.