“We took the plaudits, now we need to stand up and be counted” – Prior remains defiant after Longlevens defeat

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior says he and his side must put things right to stop rumours circulating about his future and talk of relegation, as his side remained winless after Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat against Longlevens.

The Lilywhites were torn apart in a first half that saw Longlevens score all three goals and really could and should have scored five or six and Prior has had his say on his side’s woeful display.

“The first half performance was shambolic,” Prior said. “We were second best to absolutely everything and extremely lucky and fortunate as without Ash in goal it would have been six or seven by the break.

Sometimes on the sidelines you’re completely helpless and just have to hope they sort themselves out and last night was one of those nights. We had spoken about certain aspects of the game beforehand and then to concede a sloppy goal so early on, we just lost us all focus.”

Brimscombe went into the game without a win in their opening 8 league games and have only tasted a win in cup competitions so far this campaign and were missing forward duo Sam Blackie and Jack Smith, however Prior admits that with the way his side performed, it wouldn’t have made too much of a difference to proceedings.

“We missed their creativity without a doubt as both Jack and Sam are quality forwards, but as a whole, the team performance was below standards so I’m not sure how much they could’ve influenced anything.

Both will be available for selection Saturday and we’ll be looking for a big response from every single player. We need to get to training and see if we can work hard to put things right.

We get a chance to go out and put things behind us on Saturday and we need to clear our heads of what has gone and have positive attitudes. We need to work hard and find form starting this weekend,” Prior added.

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Brimscombe move onto a massive fixture with Holmer Green at the weekend. Holmer come to the Meadow one place above bottom placed Brimscombe and have also struggled for form.

Ahead of that game rumours have been circulating that Prior could be close to departing the Lilywhites, but Prior remains defiant and has called on his side to get through this bad period after a great season last season.

“I’ve always been happy at this club and even with this start that hasn’t changed. The Chairman gave me a wonderful opportunity when he asked me to manage and luckily, we’ve never looked back.

This is the first time we’ve found ourselves in this sort of position and it goes without saying that it’s hard at the moment, on everyone at the club not just the players or us as a coaching team.

We took the plaudits for a wonderful season last year and now we need to stand up and be counted when it matters. Ultimately rumours only come about through poor results, so there’s only one way to rectify that and stop the tongues from wagging!” said Prior.

Brimscombe & Thrupp welcome Holmer Green to The Meadow in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 26th October; kick off 15:00


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