Prior praises squad’s character ahead of busy period for Brimscombe

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior has praised his squad’s character and togetherness after recent results have seen them rise to 2nd in the league, ahead of a busy end to 2018. 

The Lilywhites came from 2-0 down to beat local rivals Lydney Town 3-2 on Tuesday evening, despite having forward Jack Smith sent off in the first half.

Speaking to Severn Sport’s Ryan Butler on this week’s Severn Sport Night In show, Prior was proud of his players for their character and attitude on Tuesday and in recent weeks.

“At half time [on Tuesday] we tried to put it on as much as we could. We looked at it and didn’t want to concede the next goal. We thought if we did that then we had no chance but we knew the importance of the next goal. Luckily we got that through a great free kick and the boys’ character was outstanding to be honest. 

We just worked harder than Lydney really. You couldn’t tell that it was 11 vs 10 and I’m sure Mark [Lydney Town manager Mark Lee] will be disappointed that his side didn’t see the game out but the boys attitude and the way we responded was outstanding. Hopefully it will be a big 3 points to look back at but it was great to see that we the character in the squad to stand up to that sort of challenge,” Prior told us. 

Tuesday night’s win means that Brimscombe sit in 2nd position, just three points off the top spot. Their position is thanks to a home record that hasn’t seen them lose at the Meadow in the league since being beaten by top of the table Brackley Town Saints, 3-2 back in September.

Since that defeat Prior’s men have only lost once in the league, a 4-2 win away at Ardley United two weeks ago. Prior though looks to try and take the positives out of that defeat ahead of a trip to Virginia Water on Saturday followed by a local derby against Longlevens in midweek.

“There are no gimmie’s in this league. We found that out at Ardley 10 days ago. We were poor and the best team on the day won. It showed that we can’t take things for granted and I told the boys after the game that hopefully that is the best defeat we have all season. Cause hopefully it makes them sit up and realise that if we aren’t at full pelt from the beginning then we will get beaten by sides. Both Virginia Water and Longlevens are more than capable of beating us. 

Being second, we have a target on our back aswell as teams will want to take points off us and it will be a big scalp when they do it. It’s not a position we are used to be in but we have to get used to it.” 

Brimscombe & Thrupp travel to Virginia Water on Saturday before the game against Longlevens on Tuesday night. That will be game one of forward Jack Smith’s expected three game ban after his red card vs Lydney. Smith is also expected to miss back to back cup games against Binfield and away to Tuffley Rovers the following Tuesday.

You will be able to listen to Sam Prior’s appearance on the Severn Sport Night In in full on Friday evening from 19:30, the show will be available to listen again to soon after.