Preview: Abingdon United vs Longlevens

Longlevens will be looking to get back on the winning trail when they travel to Northcourt Road to face Abingdon United in our featured game on Saturday afternoon.

Levens, a side who are known amongst themselves as a side who don’t keep a lot of clean sheets, had chalked up an impressive three clean sheets in row before being beaten 6-2 at Flackwell Heath last weekend.

Ahead of this weekend’s game manager Mark Moore reflected on last week’s disappointing result.

“We need to bounce back. It was a strange result for us. Silly mistakes and tough conditions cost us. Credit to Flackwell for being so clinical in front of goal but we weren’t our usual buoyant selves.”

Whilst catching up with Moore this week he confirmed that midfielder Jay Kennedy would be in the starting XI to face Abingdon, in place of the missing Jonty Welch, who vacates the midfield.

Levens player/assistant manager Craig Martin has been away with work for the week so is expected to take a place on the bench, alongside (we expect to be) Ellis Sausman who continues to comeback from a long term injury.

After the reverse fixture finished 3-2 to Longlevens (goals by Shaun O’Connor, Ellis Sausman and Jack Sklenar), the visitors will be heading east full of confidence. Moore however, is looking to play it simple and said his side will be looking to go “back to basics” in their search for a valuable three away points.

Let’s take a quick look at how the sides compare.

Well, away from home Longlevens have played 13 league games and have a 5-3-5 (W-D-L) record. Their hosts Abingdon have played 15 home games and have a 5-3-7 record.

In one of the biggest jinxes you may ever see the likelyhood of goals is sky high with Abingdon only mustering 5 clean sheets at home in all competitions this term whilst Longlevens have only managed 3 of their own on the road.

If that doesn’t mean goals we also have the Hellenic Premier’s 6th highest scorers in Longlevens (84 goals in all comps) against the 12th highest scorers Abingdon (69 goals in all comps).

Both sides have similar records when you look at Abingdon’s last 5 home league games and compare it to Longlevens’ last 5 away league games. They both boast a 2-1-2 record and interestingly both hold a draw against Highworth Town within those periods.

Longlevens Squad vs Abingdon United:

Wintle, Dunn, Smyllie, Kavanagh, Phillips, Beaton, Sausman, Kennedy, Rich, Turner, C Martin, B Martin, Merrick, O’Connor

Severn Sport Players to watch:

Jay Kennedy (Longlevens) – Getting a start and will be looking to find his form from earlier in the season when he was unplayable at times.

Thomas Butler (Abingdon United) – Abingdon’s main man up top. Scored at Saw Mills and netted twice in their 4-2 win against Lydney last weekend.


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