“The players need to step up” says O’Connor as Longlevens’ relegation battle continues this weekend

Longlevens forward Shaun O’Connor has called for his teammates to “step up to pick up points”, as the Gloucestershire’s battle against relegation continues at Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday. 

O’Connor played a crucial role in Levens’ 3-1 win against Abingdon United last weekend, before scoring their goal in a 2-1 defeat at midweek against this weekend’s opposition and he has spoken to Severn Sport ahead of another big game for his side.

“Wednesday was very disappointing, but that has been the story of our season – not being able to build on good results and go on winning runs. 

I think we played much better in the second half on Wednesday and maybe deserved a draw, so hopefully we can take that into Saturday.” 

O’Connor, who last season played as the second striker and winger, has found himself playing in a more central midfield role this term after being given the captain’s armband by manager Craig Martin.

Despite that he is the top goal scorer currently in the Longlevens squad on 9 goals, but he has told Severn Sport that he is happy with his new role.

“I’ve wanted to play centre midfield for a few seasons but never really took my chance when I was tried in there. I think I was finally put in there because the goals weren’t coming at the start of the season. 

It’s been nice being captain but now it is time for all the players to step up and try to pick up as many points as possible in the next few games.” 

After their last two results Longlevens find themselves in a pretty healthy position. They sit 17th out of 19 in the Hellenic Premier, level on points with the two sides below them – Reading City and Abingdon United.

However, Longlevens have played just 31 games, whilst Reading City have played 33 and Abingdon United have played 35. Levens have their destiny in their own hands as two of their remaining five games see them play Reading City home and away.

Whilst discussing the remaining fixtures, O’Connor told us that he is looking for his side to not just settle for avoiding relegation in the run-in.

“We know that we’ve got games in hand on teams around us, but that doesn’t count for much unless you can pick up points. 

Avoiding relegation is definitely the aim now, but we still want to finish as high as possible and we won’t be taking our feet off the pedal until the last kick on the final game of the season.” 

Longlevens face a big 7 days in their bid to avoid relegation in the division, with an away fixture at title chasing Wantage Town on Tuesday night before a massive six pointer at Reading City next weekend.

Severn Sport will be following Longlevens over the next three games as the season comes to a climax in the next three weeks.

Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this weekend right here.