Cam Williams’ early wonderstrike kicked off the scoring in an entertaining 3-2 win for Longlevens over Brimscombe & Thrupp to make it 10 games unbeaten in all competitions and inflicting the first league defeat since December 2019 on Brimscombe in the process.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout a competitive 90 minutes and after Brimscombe had turned it around to lead 2-1 at the break, second half goals from Ethan Dunbar, who is claiming the leveller which could be an own goal, and an injury time free kick from Rudi McKinnon saw Longlevens move up to 3rd in the Hellenic Premier table – one point behind the Lilywhites plus with a game in hand.
Craig Martin and Michael Palmer’s side have only tasted defeat once this season and it came on the opening day of the Hellenic League season at Brimscombe and with the big FA Cup tie against Gloucester City to come on Sunday there was a chance for some players to impress to earn their place in the starting line up at Meadow Park.
The hosts took the lead through Williams’s 25 yard volley that thundered in off the crossbar, leaving Brimscombe keeper Gav Jones absolutely no chance.
Brimscombe would have been disappointed to concede at the time as they had seen a lot of the ball in the early exchanges.
Sam Prior’s men reacted perfectly though and equalised within sixty seconds through captain Ollie Pitt. Pitt picked the ball up on the left side of the box, cut inside and drilled the ball past keeper Kane Winman and into the bottom corner to restore parity with only 10 minutes on the clock.
From there Brimscombe took control of the half and saw striker Harlie Price have two good chances blocked, first by Winman at the back post and the other by his own man as he tried to sweep the ball home on the six yard line.
But Price wouldn’t be denied for too long and put the visitors ahead just before half time when he met Sam Folkes’ delicious ball in from the right with a smart side foot volleyed finish, leaving Winman with no chance of keeping it out.
Then right on half time Longlevens should have probably levelled it. Brad Martin held off his man on the edge of the Brimscombe box and slipped in Ethan Dunbar down the right side of the area and his ball in should have been bundled home by Cam Williams, but somehow the ball was smothered between defender and Jones and Brimscombe lead at the break.
After a slow start to the second half from both sides Longlevens levelled the game just after the hour mark. Charlie Holliday’s corner kick was headed down at the back post by Ethan Dunbar and through a mass of bodies the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Fans in attendance say it was a Dean Turner own goal, others say it’s the forward’s goal, all we know is Dunbar is certainly looking to claim it.
With twenty minutes left on the clock substitute Rudi McKinnon thought he had put Longlevens in front when his driven effort squirmed through Gav Jones but was somehow cleared off the line. The linesman on the near side remained motionless and the game played on.
The half began to heat up from there with Ben WIlliams being booked for bringing down Jack Smith who believes he was through on goal. As Brimscombe called for a red the referee brought out the yellow card.
The card was out again for a late tackle by Joe Seery which lead to a spout of handbags from both sides.
Then with the game all set for a fair 2-2 draw Longlevens won a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped Rudi McKinnon to score his second set piece in two games to win the game for his side.
Watch McKinnon’s goal below:
Longlevens take on Gloucester City in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon whilst Brimscombe & Thrupp are back in league action on Saturday when they host Tuffley Rovers.
The FA Cup game will have live radio commentary right here on Severn Sport, whilst the Brimscombe vs Tuffley match will be our featured game on Saturday so we will have live tweets for you.
Longlevens: Winman, Talbot, B Williams, Long, Barnett, Westrip, O’Connor, C Williams, Dunbar, B Martin, Holliday
Subs: McGuirk, Callinan, Parker, McKinnon, Seery
Brimscombe & Thrupp: Jones, Folkes, Baxter, Snooker, Marks, Bartman, Woodfield, Turner, Smith, Price, Pitt
Subs: Barnes, Underwood, Pitts, Brunsdon, Moxham
M&S Roofing Match of the Match – Cam Williams (Longlevens) & Ollie Pitt (Brimscombe & Thrupp)