At the beginning of the 2017/18 season, Longlevens manager Mark Moore was facing the unenviable task of taking on the reigns of the first team manager role, following on from the most successful period of time within the village clubs history.
Moore first set about recruiting some more local talent, attracting Myron Turner from local county league side Frampton United. He then set about improving the squads fitness, which meant embarking on an intense pre season schedule, which was delivered by local fitness expert Ben Caton at Titan Training and Nutrition.
“Its no secret locally that Longlevens have an ageing squad, so i thought it was important that we hit the ground running and get some good prep time into the lads before the pre season had even kicked off”
Now, with another gruelling Hellenic League Premier fixture schedule behind him, his out look of the current squad is slightly different, “We knew it was always going to be tough. Having lost a few senior players through either injury or commitment there is only one option moving forward, that being to freshen things up with youth”
Moore has handed debuts to a number of youngsters this season, who he hopes will have a bright future in the game. “Rhys Lewis, Isaac Johns, Tom Powell-Davis, Tony Shelton, Jack Cornell & Harry Emmett have all played some part in our season and none of them have looked out of place or done themselves any harm at all. The challenge is now ensuring we have enough experience around them to be successful in what is a tough level of football”
Longlevens wrapped up their third Hellenic League Premier campaign with a 3-0 win at Woodley United. The win also sealed the clubs highest league finish since entering the league.
Moore has already set about building towards next years campaign and is set to release more information shortly.
Updated 19:04 - 1 May 2018 by LUKE KAVANAGH