Prior hoping Brimscombe won’t pay the Price of striker’s suspension in FA Vase

Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam prior believes his side are capable of beating Brockenhurst in the FA Vase at the weekend, despite being without top scorer Harlie Price – who misses the game through suspension.

Price was sent off in the latter stages of the Lilywhites’ 3-1 defeat at home to Roman Glass St George last midweek and will miss this weekend’s FA Vase tie and the home game with Cribbs in the league next weekend.

But whilst Prior admits their 19 goals this season striker will be a big miss, he believes his has the personnel to come together and fill the void.

“Harlie has been exceptional this season for us and he’s the top goal scorer in the league, so to have him unavailable is of course a big blow for us offensively.

The boys supplying him have been equally as important though and they’ll just have to step up and put their scoring boots on in his absence. We have to learn to play without him as he has a few things coming up that’ll mean he won’t play as much this side of Christmas, so it’ll be a good learning curve for us all to try and seamlessly fill that void,” said Prior.

Brimscombe will be looking to make the Third Round of the FA Vase for the third time, having made the Third Round last season, and Prior believes that after seeing his side knocked out in a Third Round replay in 2015 and losing on penalties last term, his side are capable of being in the draw come Monday.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday after a good training session last night,” said Prior. “The FA Vase offers respite from a relentless league campaign and we can travel with nothing to lose and to go and have a real go.

It’s going to be an extremely tough game against a side who have had a really good first part to their season, but so have we. So hopefully we give a good account of ourselves and find ourselves in the hat on Monday lunchtime.

We’ve made it twice to the Third Round in recent years and fell short both times, so to get there again would be a fantastic chance to finally jump that hurdle but first & foremost, we have a tough game away from home to deal with,” Prior added.

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Brimscombe go into the game in strange form really, having not won in their last five matches, but having won their last five away matches on the spin. But Prior is holding his hand close to his chest and believes in cup football form counts for nothing on the day.

“The form won’t have any impact at all. It’s a one off cup game, so all things go out of the window,” Prior said.

What the stats don’t tell you are that two of the three games we have played have been against sides in the top four. The stats can be dangerous without substance and whilst we obviously want to win every game we can, if we can’t then we want to try and not lose them.

So Saturday’s draw with Malvern Town will stand us in good stead really, not just for Saturday, but for the next few league games,” added Prior.

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