Prior targets success with Brimscombe after FA Vase win at weekend & speculation

Sam Prior targets success with Brimscombe & Thrupp after his side advanced in the FA Vase on Saturday and recent links to the vacant Manager position at Cinderford Town.

Brimscombe earned their place in the Second Round of the competition with a 2-1 win over Welton Rovers at the Meadow on Saturday and have been rewarded with a trip to Wessex League side Brockenhurst.

Following the draw Prior spoke to to Severn Sport about his side’s performance.

“We were delighted to get the win in the end against a well organised and quite clearly confident Welton Rovers side,” said Prior.

“We were excellent for 30-35 minutes in the first half and the only thing lacking really was that final ball, the final cross or shot that would’ve seen us have a decent and deserved lead.

As it was, one defensive error was punished and at 1-1 it could have gone either way, but the boys dug in deep and we even scored the winner with only 10 men on the pitch as Pitty was in the sin bin – so in the end it was great to see the boys get the job done,” Prior added.

The winning goal came from an unlikely source in the end for Brimscombe as Dave Woodfield slotted home the winner after Ollie Pitt’s opened was cancelled out and Prior was full of praise for Woodfield’s role within the team.

“Woody [Dave Woodfield] was outstanding on Saturday and played in two different roles throughout the 90 minutes that he was on the pitch.

We’ve been hit hard by so many injuries and unavailability in a short space of time, so to get the likes of Woody back in and playing is huge for us as a squad,” said Prior.

The win saw the Lilywhites in the hat on Monday’s draw and they have been draw away to Wessex League leaders Brockenhurst, who have previously beaten Gloucestershire Bishops Cleeve in the FA Vase during the 2019/20 season.

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Following the draw Prior told us he expects a tough trip to the New Forest next month but all eyes are on the Lilywhites’ next game, away at Bradford Town on Wednesday.

“It looks to be as tough a draw as we could have got really. They are top of the Wessex League and have scored 25 times in their last 5 games, but we’ve got a lot of football to play between now and then so will put that on the back burner and get to it when needed.

We played Bradford away in the Fa Vase last year and managed to win 3-2, but we were certainly lucky on the day.

They’re a good side who have grown into the league and a few of their recent results have really put them into the mix in that top group of teams, but we’ve always been made to work hard and I expect Wednesday evening to be no different,” added Prior.

In recent weeks there has been speculation linking Prior to the currently vacant Manager’s job at Southern League side Cinderford Town, but the Brimscombe Manager admits that whilst he has aspirations to develop as a manager in a higher league, he is happy at the Meadow and is looking for success with the club.

“It’s always pleasing to be spoken about positively as it means that we must be doing something right as a squad! Quite a few of our players have been approached by higher league sides and decided to stay at the club and I truly believe it’s because we’re such a close knit side.

The group we’ve got this year is one of and if not the most enjoyable group to work with in my time at the club and the start we’ve had is testament to each and every one of them and the hard work they’ve put in.

It’s a wonderful club to be a part of and the main aim is to of course progress personally, however, there’s no reason why that can’t be done with Brimscombe in the short term,” said Prior.

Brimscombe & Thrupp head to Bradford Town in the Hellenic Premier on Wednesday (27th) night before hosting Roman Glass St George at the Meadow on Saturday (30th).

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