Longlevens win nine goal thriller thanks to Brad Martin hattrick

Longlevens moved back up to 5th in the Hellenic Premier table with a 6-3 win over Shrivenham at Saw Mills – with striker Brad Martin scoring a hattrick.

Martin nearly opened the scoring inside the first 90 seconds when his effort from the edge of the box was turned round the corner by Shrivenham keeper James Foster.

Within two minutes the forward broke the deadlock though, when he was slipped in one on one and he slotted home.

Cam Williams was then released one on one two minutes later, but saw his effort blocked by Foster.

Williams had an effort well saved on 24 minutes, with Levens recycling the ball and Brad Martin curling wide.

On half an hour Levens doubled their lead when Foster scuffed a clearance straight to Ethan Dunbar. Dunbar played the ball across the edge of the box and as martin let it run through his legs, Dave Merrick ran onto the ball and tucked home.

Two became three within sixty seconds when Dunbar found Fin Kent on the left corner of the box and the former Tuffley Rovers man sent his shot crashing in off the bar.

As the rain fell around Saw Mills Shrivenham pulled one back instantly after Kane Winman repeated his opposite number’s mistake and shanked a clearance to James Stones.

Stones ran in one goal and slid it home to reduce the deficit.

Two goals before the break looked to have killed the game for Longlevens. First Dave Merrick retrieved a corner, back heeled for Fin Kent to take down the left hand side. Kent pulled the ball back into the box and Brad Martin was on hand to sweep the ball home.

Then after Merrick did very well down the left again, the ball in was dummied by Martin and Cam Williams drilled the ball home from the edge of the box to make it 5-1.

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At half time the rain continued to fall and Shrivenham needed to start the second half fast or they were going to be left behind in the contest and they did just that!

With the first chance of the half, the ball slipped into Ryan Fry and he barged his way through the Levens back line before opening his body up and slotting the ball past Kane WInman.

Ethan Dunbar had a great chance to extend his side’s lead straight away, but he dragged his shot wide after cutting in from the right – then Toby Lawrence headed wide from a corner.

Just before the hour mark Shrivenham made it a nervy evening for Longlevens by reducing the deficit down to just two goals when the ball in from the left hand side was headed home by substitute Tyger Hall.

Longlevens then had two golden opportunities to make it 6-3, with Dunbar squaring for Fin Kent – but he couldn’t sort his feet out and then Toby Lawrence got up well from a corner but got his header all wrong.

The hosts didn’t have to wait long to seal the points as Martin completed his hattrick after being set clear on goal.

Ethan Dunbar, who did all but score during the game, had the final chance with moments left of the match but he was denied in a one on one by James Foster.

Shrivenham head to Hallen in the league on Saturday, whilst Longlevens welcome Shaftesbury to Saw Mills in the FA Vase.

Longlevens: Winman, Emery, S Martin, Long, Lawrence, Williams, Merrick, O’Connor, Dunbar, B Martin, Kent

Subs: E Martin, Parker, Haswell, Talbot, Cornell

Shrivenham: Foster, Gregory, Hendry, Tewkesbury, Joe Broadbank, Davoile, Garrett, Fry, Peachey-Score, Stones, McGrory

Subs: Hirst, Wilkinson, Hall, Coombes, James Broadbank

M&S Roofing Man of the Match – Brad Martin (Longlevens)

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