Brimscombe & Thrupp First Team Manager Sam Prior praised his side for showing the character to come from behind away at Abingdon United on Saturday, but was frustrated with his side’s overall performance in their 2-1 win.
Prior’s men, who suffered an opening day defeat at home to Binfield, went 1-0 down to the Hellenic League Division One East side before an Ollie Pitt penalty restored parity.
A late winner from defender Chris Pates completed the turnaround and set up a home tie with Aylesbury United in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.
Nearly 24 hours later and Prior told Severn Sport that he was happy to get the win despite his side’s poor display.
“We were poor yesterday,” Prior said. “Our fluency, tempo and quality from last week wasn’t there and we struggled to get a proper foot hold in the game against a hard working young side. We showed good character to come from behind and win the game and that’s credit to the boys.
I would have preferred to have played another league game in midweek as we generally seem to struggle on a Saturday if we haven’t played midweek. Our performance last week was excellent, as good as I’ve seen us play for a long time but we got nothing out of it. So it was important we got the win yesterday, even though we didn’t play that well,” Prior added.
Defender Chris Pates added to his Severn Sport’s Man of The Match performance from last weekend with the winning goal yesterday and Prior reserved special mention for Saturday’s match winner.
“Patesy is just a joy to manage and the nicest guy in football. He’s started the season strongly and is a leader and a voice in the squad. His header was fantastic yesterday and he really should score more like it. He deserves a good run in the side after being patient behind Greenhough and he’ll be a key player for us this season,” Prior said.
Brimscombe were one of six local sides to win in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday and will be rewarded with the visit of Aylesbury on Saturday 24th August.
Looking ahead to the next round and Prior told us the importance a cup run is for non-league clubs.
“The FA Cup is important to every side. There aren’t many competitions that give you the chance to win prize money for the club, so you have to take it seriously. A cup run creates a real buzz, as we found out the other year when ended up playing Weymouth. With a tough game against Aylesbury ahead of us we know it will be a testing but good game.”
Before their Preliminary Round tie though, Brimscombe have a local derby with Fairford Town to contend with Tuesday week, after a trip to Faringdon in the Hellenic League Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup next Saturday.