Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior has praised his side after their comeback victory against local rivals Tuffley Rovers on Tuesday night and in particular singled out match winner James Campbell.
The striker, who arrived from fellow Hellenic Premier side Longlevens, scored twice at The Meadow as Brimscombe edged Tuffley 2-1. Rovers had taken the lead after Kieran Alder’s deflected free kick just before half time.
Following the game Prior praised the forward for the way he has settled in with The Lilywhites and predicts Campbell to play a crucial role in Brimscombe’s run in.
“James has been brilliant since he’s come across to us. He was a player we were thinking about for a while before we moved for him, but now we’ve got him in he’s hit the ground running having scored 4 goals in 3 starts and looks like he’s been with us all season.
I’m sure there’s even more to come from him as well and his goals could be crucial come the end of the season.”
Prior also noted how pleased he was with the three points against a very game Tuffley Rovers side, whilst complimenting the visitors for their display.
“We were delighted with the 3 points in all honesty. At the moment for us, it’s about winning games of football over level of performances. We were far from our best last night, but stuck in there and ground out a result against a side that performed much better than their league position suggests. They’ll cause sides lots of problems with their pace and energy.”
Tuffley will get another crack at Brimscombe in just over two weeks, when Prior’s men travel to Glevum Park. The two sides met in a Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie earlier in the season, with Brimscombe running out 9-3 winners in Extra Time after originally drawing 3-3.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Holmer Green, Prior’s side find themselves top of the Hellenic Premier and 9 points clear of Wantage Town & Bishops Cleeve respectively. But even with a lead, Prior isn’t taking anything for granted in the run in.
“We’re not letting ourselves get carried away. Yes we’re top at the moment, but both Wantage & Bishops Cleeve have 3 games in hand so everything is still up for grabs. We just need to worry about what we do, keep picking up points when and where we can and the rest will sort itself out.”
Brimscombe’s position at the top of the table could be strengthened thanks to local sides Tuffley Rovers and Fairford Town, who take on Wantage Town and Bishops Cleeve in their respective fixtures.
Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this weekend, including Brimscombe & Thrupp’s trip to Holmer Green, right here.