Saturday 7th September 2019
Brimscombe & Thrupp v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
(Last season’s) League standings:
Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)
Brackley Town Saints 3rd
Brimscombe & Thrupp 2nd
This game last season:
8th September 2018
Brimscombe & Thrupp 2 (John Evans, Ed Major)
Brackley Town Saints 3 (Ryan Knight x 2, Dean March)
Last four games:
Brackley Town Saints:
L 0-2 home v Longlevens AFC 31st August HL
W 0-1 away v Easington Sports 26th August HL
W 4-2 home v Old Bradwell United Development 21st August HLBSCC
L 1-2 home v Wantage Town 14th August FAC rep
Brimscombe & Thrupp:
L 0-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd September HL
D 3-3 home v Westfields 31st August HL
D 3-3 away v Tuffley Rovers 26th August HL
L 1-3 home v Aylesbury United 24th August FAC
Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Chris Hurley to ask how he feels the season has started for his squad?
In terms of results, I would say mixed and frustrating, in terms of performance, I would say really good. We have played really well in the league and the cup in all but our first game against Ardley in my opinion, we have been the better side & if we could convert the hat full of chances we create each game we would have two wins in the league and through to the second round of the FA Cup
Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?
Strangely enough Saturdays game at home to Longlevens, even though we lost the performance and commitment was excellent, we were dominant for eighty minutes & played some really good high tempo football, two mistakes cost us in the end, however the all-round performance was good
How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?
My standards are high so I will always expect us to be good, however with so many players injured or away, I haven’t been able to put out a settled side so expected the start to be tough and the results mixed, now things are starting to settle down, I expect us to go on a run
How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?
Things have been busy but good, the club house burning down has not been good for us however the new build has proved a good alternative until the club house is rebuilt. Brackley is a good club with some really good people so everyone wants to help, everyone seems to realise that the football comes first so we all push for the same thing
Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?
In terms of players leaving, it was expected with the Saints not getting promotion and one or two wanting to play at a higher level, I have been managing for a number of years and have some good contacts so wasn’t really worried about players going because it was my intention to replace one or two plus look to promote two or three from the Under 18’s, in fact of the five players that left three have already returned, the two that didn’t have gone travelling, I have also added three new players that will add more quality to the group and also included the best of the Under 18’s to the group so in terms of numbers we are good
James Watts is back in training
Which players have impressed you so far and how?
There have been a number of players that have started well, Lewis Middleton from the 18’s has stepped up well and has already put in some good performances also Matt Crowther, I brought him in to replace Ali Worby and he has started really well, definitely a keeper for the future
How have you found the quality of the teams in the Hellenic so far?
That’s a difficult question to answer so early as a lot of teams have made changes from last season, be it manager or players, however I expect us to be strong this season and be difficult to beat
So many cup games already and more to come, is this a nice distraction from the league or a hindrance to putting a run together?
Personally I see it as a great opportunity to get things right if things need to be adjusted from a league game, a good opportunity to play players that are not getting a lot of football, to give them minutes or coming back from injury, and a good opportunity to play the youth players to see how they are progressing, players would always rather be playing games than training
Tough trip to Brimscombe this week, have you had much info on them so far?
Brimscombe will be a tough away fixture, fortunately I have watched them this season and they have good pace and character so we will have to be on point this weekend to get the result we want
Finally, any squad / team news ahead of the game?
In terms of squad news, we have injuries to Lewis Baldwin, George Ball, Jordan Godfrey, Dean March, James Watts and Sam Sherratt however I am hoping Dean March will pull through for this weekend and have James Watts back in training. We have also completed the signing of former West Brom youth player Lester Davies, we thought we had lost him to Banbury however after hard work he has joined Brackley
Sports Shots would like to thank Chris for his time this week