Longlevens manager Craig Martin has praised Saturday’s opposition Reading City ahead of tough fixture in prospect in the Hellenic Premier.
Martin spoke to Severn Sport after seeing his side beaten on penalties by Clanfield on Wednesday night, after a hard fought 3-3 draw at Saw Mills.
After going behind inside the opening 30 seconds, Isaac Johns scored a well taken equaliser after great work from new signing Ben Tegg.
Slack marking from a free kick saw Clanfield take the lead again right on the half hour mark, but Dave Merrick levelled for Longlevens just before half time.
Martin’s side went 3-2 up through Johns’ second goal of the game, but a late leveller took the game to penalties with Clanfield winning 5-4 to advance.
“It’s always going to be disappointed when you lose a game, but at stages the lads played well,” said Martin.
“Wednesday was all about getting minutes into certain players and to have a look at a few, like Ben Tegg who was impressive in the hour or so he played. Tommy, Kacey, Darrell and I also got to look at Lee Martin, Ben Williams and Will Emery as they have all been out of the side for a while, so we wanted to see they would get on.
Also with Isaac Johns getting on the score sheet twice there were benefits to the game despite the result. I know there is a lot more from him in particular and hopefully more game time will see him go on a run in front of goal.”
On Saturday Longlevens return to league action against a Reading City side who were locked in a relegation battle with Martin’s men last season, but are currently 5th in the Hellenic Premier this season and the Levens boss expects another tough encounter with the men from Berkshire.
“Reading are going to be a totally different team from last season, we know that. They’ve had a cracking start and I am certainly not surprised. Reading are a side to watch this season as they have a great set of coaches and players too. Simon has recruited well over the summer.
I know we will have to be at our best to get anything out of the game, but that was the same back in April and we produced the result we needed on the day. Our lads are more than capable of getting the result again.” Martin added.
Longlevens vs Reading City will be our featured game on Saturday 5th October; follow the game from Saw Mills on our Social Media platforms, kick off 15:00