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Levens Put “Trust In Y outh” Ahead Of Highmoor Test - 12 January

Amongst a lot of focus and attention on youth football within national media over the past few weeks, following the 'No Pressure in Paradise' documentary aired on BT Sport on Sunday 7 January, Longlevens FC have adopted their own stance on youth players this season which is paying dividends to all of their sides across the Stroud and District League, Gloucestershire Northern Senior League and Uhlsport Hellenic League.

The club's third team, ran by joint managers Dan English and Dan MacDonald have been the greatest drinkers from the “fountain of youth” having 5 players at 16 years old playing regular in their side. The team currently sit top of the Stroud & District League Division Two and joint manager English has nothing but positive things to say about the process. “We now have 5 players who are regulars for us that are 16 years old. For such a young age they have really taken well to both the football club and the level of football. All of them are really confident on the ball and are generally all really good lads. Since we have put them in they haven’t put a foot wrong”

With the side doing so well this has now attracted the attention of the clubs first team manager Mark Moore who has called up two players;Tom Powell-Davis and Harry Emmett into his sides’ squad this coming Saturday to face Highmoor Ibis in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division. “At the start of the year it was my aim to lead not only the first team but the football club into a new era, the only way I believe to do that is to promote the chance for youth players to succeed. Both are early products of local professional football academies and came to the football club after being released or simply not enjoying the academy football scene. We’re just trying to give them the best platform to firstly, enjoy their football, but also to play a good level, so were really pleased to hear them get a first team call up” said English.

tom powell-davis hellenic league footballTom Powell-Davis, a central and wide right midfielder, was previously on a scholarship as part of the Forest Green Rovers under 18s squad. “After being offered a scholarship with Forest Green, which I started in July. In decided that I would leave to focus on my A levels and then came to join Longlevens, as they ere my local team and a lot of my mates already played for the side”

Powell-Davis went on to tell us how he had started to enjoy his football again since joining Longlevens “Being with the lads and playing with the clubs 3rd team has made me enjoy my football more. Now being given a chance to work up through the team at Longlevens I can only see this leading to more enjoyment”

harry emmett hellenic league footballHarry Emmett, another central midfielder was involved with Cheltenham Town youth academy from Under 11s until Under 16s, when he was released. “I came to Longlevens as some of my mates who were in a similar position to me had done the same thing. Since joining the club I’ve settled in nicely and have been given lots of support, which has made it easier for me to be a part of the team”

Both Powell-Davis and Emmett will go into Moores squad on Saturday which host Highmoor Ibis, as he aims to add even more momentum to their recent run of form over the festive period. “The past month we have turned in some really good performances against the teams around us, which has resulted in us picking up points and climbing the table. We’ve beaten; Burnham, Lydney Town and Brackley Town Saints and although narrowly lost to Thatcham amongst them, the performance that we gave was positive against what are probably one of the form teams in the country at our level at the minute”

Amongst the two additions Longlevens also welcome back more experienced defender Craig Beaton from his duel registration period with Gloucestershire County League club Hardwicke. “We sent "Beats" off to get some game time under his belt in order to increase his match fitness. We’ve been tracking him throughout this time and have been pleased to what we’ve heard about his performances for Hardwicke. We wanted to get him back sooner but unfortunately he had to serve a one game suspension over the christmas period which he had to wait to serve Saturday”

Longlevens also welcome back midfielder Dave Rich, who missed the sides win over Brackley Town Saints last weekend. Looking ahead to this Saturday Moore commented that he is happy with the current form and competition in the squad and long may it continue to have a positive impact on the sides results; “I’m constantly banging the drum to the side to emphasis the message of playing for the shirt, lads who do well will simply stay, regardless of age or experience”

Kick off at Saw Mills is 3pm on Saturday 13th January. Longlevens team from: Wintle, Smylle, Kavanagh, Phillips, Beaton, Kennedy, Welch, Turner, O’Connor, C Martin, Merrick, B Martin, Long, Rich, Powell-Davis, Emmett.

Longlevens have been drawn against Gloucestershire rivals Brimscombe and Thrupp in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup which will take place on Tuesday 23rd Jan at The Meadow 7.45pm kick off.


buildbase fa vase logoA Point To Prove - 20 October

Longlevens make the long trip to Sevenoaks in the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Vase with a point to prove...to themselves.

Boss Mark Moore wants to see an improvement after back-to-back defeats since their 1-0 derby victory at Tuffley Rovers. They went down 5-3 at home to Shirehampton in the second round of the GFA Trophy on Wednesday night after going down at Oxford City Nomads in their last Hellenic League fixture.

"The squad has a point to prove after two disappointing results," Moore said in the Gloucester press. "We go with a full strength squad know we have a big challenge on our hands."

Sevenoaks are top of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, with eight wins and a draw from their 10 games. Dave Rich and Ed Smyllie are fit and available after playing 90 minutes against Shirehampton.


Two Additions For Longlevens - 10 October

Donald Soloman has transfered from Tytherington, and Jack Sklenar has also signed from Bishops Cleeve.

Donald Soloman started the season as captain of Tytherington Rocks in Division One West, competing against Leven's in FA Vase, manager Mark Moore saw enough to offer him a trial in order to break into the Longlevens side. Moore commented. "He had alot of heart and work ethic when we faced him, even the likes a Brad Martin got no change from him and when we heard he was available I thought, what have we got to loose?".

After one training session Soloman was handed his debut against Tuffley Rovers in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup on Saturday. "It was an ideal chance to look at him and there was no better place to start than a derby game at home" said Moore, "We will continue to look at him and see how he goes. We arnt a club to turn anyone down who wants to step up and have a go, as long as he keeps working hard and applies himself then he has every chance" 

Jack Sklenar has also signed for Longlevens FC after decided in the week to make the switch from Southern League South-West side Bishops Cleeve. Sklenar has alot of pedigree both locally and in the Hellenic League, most notably leading the scoring for Cheltenham Civil Service, as they romped to the Gloucestershire County League title three years ago and then leading Cheltenham Saracens to the Hellenic Division One West title the following season.

Sklenar had signed Hellenic League forms for Longlevens last season under James French, however opted to play for Slimbridge in the Southern League. "We've known all about Jack for a while now. He has scored loads of goals in the surrounding leagues and when we heard he was available we jumped at the chance to get him on board. We want to have as much competition as possible within our squad and are keen to play in a different way with plenty of threat going forward, Jack fits the bill on this side so its a no brainer", said Mark Moore after sealing the signature of the forward.

Sklenar will be available to make his Longlevens debut against Oxford City Nomads on Friday 13 October and will be hoping to get off the mark ahead of the trip to Sevenoaks Town in the FA Vase First Round Proper on Saturday 21 October.


Longlevens Signings - 18 September

Jack Horrell have signed for Longlevens AFC on a dual registration from Cirencester Town. 

Horrell, having signed for the Centurions in the summer from fellow Gloucestershire club Bishops Cleeve impressed in pre-season, however since picking up an injury is in need of some game time and arrives at Longlevens AFC to fulfil this. 

Levens Manager Moore said "We are really please to do another deal with Cirencester and are thankful to Charlie Griffin and Scott Rose for their connection.  Horrell is an energetic midfielder, who has a great range and passing and who isnt afraid of a tackle. Jack arrives looking for some game time and we're only too happy to facilitate this. It also strengthens us in what is a busy period of games for us at this level of football. Looking forward to working with Jack and getting him some minutes"

Its a double swoop for Longlevens as Goalkeeper Tom Kaye has also signed for the club giving competition for current number 1 Ashley Wintle. Kaye having trained with the club in pre season has also played for County League sides, Gala Wilton and Hardwicke. Both will go into the squad which welcome Hellenic League high flyers Highworth Town on Wednesday night, 7.45pm KO.


Dual Registration - 31 August

Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division Longlevens have signed Mason Lewis on dual registration with Evo-Stik Southern club Cirencester Town.

mason lewis hellenic leagueLewis (pictured) arrives at Saw Mills with a good level of experience, seeking game time as he bids to break into the centurions fold. His previous clubs include; Gloucester City, Slimbridge and fellow Hellenic League rivals Lydney Town where he played against Longlevens numerous times during the clubs rise through Division One into the Premier Division

Longlevens manager Mark Moore commented on the arrival of Lewis "We know about Mason as we've played against him in previous seasons, (when he was playing for Lydney Town) so we're excited to have him involved with us, this also gives us more depth to the squad"

Lewis is a left footed defender who can also play as a wide midfielder and will be in contention for Longlevens on Saturday against Oxford City Nomads, at Saw Mills.


Is An FA Cup Upset On The Cards? - 18 August

Longlevens will be looking to cause an Emirates FA Cup upset at Hanwell Town tomorrow, writes Jon Palmer in the Gloucester Echo.

They go into the preliminary round tie against the Southern League Division One Central side in buoyant mood after a thumping 6-2 league win at Fairford Town on Wednesday night. Boss Mark Moore named an attacking line-up, with Brad Martin, Brad Vanstone and Jay Kennedy all being picked.

“It was a good performance after a sloppy start,” Moore said.“We really came out of the blocks in the second half and Brad took his chance. He has come off the bench for the last couple of weeks and did well. We are going into Saturday really happy which gives us a break from league duties and we have nothing to lose for us as we will be the underdogs."

Wednesday also marked the return of defender Ellis Sausman from a serious knee injury.“It was nice to be able to give Ellis 10 minutes at the end,” Moore added.

Saturday will be Longlevens' fourth ever FA Cup tie. They defeated Fairford after a replay at the extra preliminary round stage.

Last year, they progressed against Bedfont and Feltham before bowing out to Farnborough.


Sausman Returns After A Season Out - 10 August

ellis sausman hellenic leagueRoll back to Saturday 6th August 2016, this was a very significant day in the history of Longlevens AFC. Having rose up through the ranks of local football, they were about to compete in The Emirates FA Cup for the very first time.

For one man in particular it was another day to remember, but for all the wrong reasons as inside one minute defender Ellis Sausman sustained a knee ligament injury which would keep him out for the entire season.  "At first I really didn't think it was as bad as it turned out to be to be honest." said Sausman, "So I was a bit surprised/gutted when the surgeon told me how bad it was and that I most likely won't be back until spring 2018"

Sausman whose made a name for himself as being one of the physically strongest members of the side reflected on his long journey back to fitness.  "The road to recovery was weird at first because my left leg pretty much turned into a stick. Then it was really good for 3-4 months after as there were daily improvements so I could see all the rehab paying off. Past that it was just frustrating as I could run about and do plenty in the gym but not play. I feel great at the moment as I've been doing a lot of work away from football to help, so hopefully it all goes well.

Sausman was a regular member of the championship winning side that rose towards the Hellenic League Premier and after missing the entire season is keen to get back involved having been given the green light to play last Monday.  "Im very excited to be back. Not just to playing football but to be more involved with the lads. They've been great but it really isn't the same if you can't play in my opinion, if i had to say I'm worried about anything it would probably be about getting some sort of touch back as it's been a long time away"

Longlevens manager Mark Moore said "Its great to have someone of not only his quality, but also his stature back around the club. There was a hole left in a very settled back four when he was injured last season so its like a new signing to us really. It certainly gives us more to think about" 

Sausman spoke about his aims for the forthcoming season now he is fit to play. "This season I just want to get back into the team and playing regularly, with no injuries!"

Sausman is included in the Longlevens squad which host Brackley Town Saints this Saturday 12th August, Saw Mills,3pm kick off. 


shaun o'connor hellenic leagueO'Connor Latest To Commit At Levens - 25 July

Having attracted interest from Evo-Stik Southern South-West club Shortwood United in the summer, Shaun O'Connor has committed to Longlevens for the forthcoming season.

O'Connor has scored three goals in pre season so far and is raring to go ahead of Leven's season opener against Brimscombe and Thrupp on Wednesday 2 August.  He commented. "The main reason I didn't contemplate leaving Longlevens this season is the camaraderie  between the lads. For me especially between myself, Ed Smyllie and Adam Hughes who have been friends for many years aswell as the many friendships I have forged in the last few years. Of course it's always nice to be noticed by teams in higher leagues, but my head was never turned and I was always committed playing for Mark Moore and signing on with Longlevens"

O'Connor, who was nominated as last seasons Players Player of the Year, is hoping to build on the successes that he and the side have had in previous years. "This year I hope to perform well for Mark and am sure he will get the best out of the players at his disposal, personally me and Brad Martin always have a healthy competition for top scorer at the club and ideally we'll both be pushing the 30 goal mark, but most importantly I hope the team can improve on last season in the league and have some good cup runs."


mark moore dave merrick longlevens 13 july 17 hellenic league footballMerrick Stays Put - 13 July

Midfielder Dave Merrick has committed his future to Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League side Longlevens AFC for the forthcoming season despite rumours that he may have been on his way to a Southern League side.

Manager Mark Moore was keen to get Merrick's signature early into the clubs pre season preparation after he had finished the previous season playing for Slimbridge in the league above. "I enjoyed the games for Slimbridge at the end of last season and hope they have a good campaign. However it was an easy decision to sign for us again. Frenchy (previous manager James French) did a superb job that will be tough to follow so credit to Mark (Moore), and also to Craig (Martin) for taking it on. I know Mark wanted the commitment of the older lads as a starting point and everyone gave that without hesitation".

Merrick spoke further about his ties with the club "Putting the manager/player thing to one side, we're just a group of good mates who enjoy it which is vital at our level. When frenchy announced he was stepping down we all said we'd continue regardless of the change in roles. It will also be my 10th season so I'm looking forward to a testimonial too".

Merrick spoke to us about his aims for the season ahead with the football club "It's all about the team but you have to have personal targets. At any level getting goals from midfield is vital, and I always aim for double figures so will do again. We've always had a great home record but last season it dropped off. If we sort that out it will take care of league position. It's nice to be in the FA Cup too but most of all I would like us to win something. When you look back on a season, or your time playing, you'll always remember the cups you win ahead of a league position. Unless you win it of course”.


mark moore brad martin longlevens hellenic league footballMartin Returns To Longlevens - 5 July

Striker Brad Martin has agreed to return to Longlevens after a brief stint at Evo-Stik Southern League Slimbridge.

He returns to the club having left at Christmas last season when he was approach to sign for the Slimbridge. “Last season was a poor one on the whole for Longlevens I believe, the lack of availability from players wasn't ideal and it didn't help us push on from the season before. By Christmas I was slightly annoyed at this and wanted to challenge myself further. I decided to join Slimbridge after various conversations with both Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward”. Martin mentioned when asked about his move last season.

However after the summer period Martin has decided to return to Longlevens and pick up where he left off “The second half of last season was terrible on my own behalf, I was very inconsistent and wasn't enjoying football that much whatsoever. I'm returning this season as I like what Mark (Moore) is trying to do at Longlevens, not just with the first team but at the club as a whole. He wants to give players the opportunity to develop and progress and I wanted to be part of that, to help out some of the younger lads as well as developing myself as a player”.

Martin played a major part in the Longlevens team that rapidly rose to their current position during James Frenches reign, this included wining the Gloucestershire County League golden boot in the 2013-14 season scoring 36 goals for Longlevens.

Martin spoke about his aims for the season “I think every striker has personal aims going into each season and mine would be to score 25 goals this year, however this is irrelevant in the whole scheme of things. Ideally the first team finish top 8 in the Hellenic League, the club is developing players and therefore all 4 teams are competitive in their respective leagues and cup competitions. It would also be nice to have a good run in either the FA Cup or Vase and then who knows what may happen”.

Martin will feature in the first Pre-Season game against Toolstation Premier Division side Cribbs FC at Saw Mills on Saturday 8 July, 3pm KO.


myron turner hellenic leagueTurner Turns To Levens - 28 June

Longlevens announce their second new signing of the summer by confirming the signature of striker Myron Turner.

26 year old Turner (pictured) arrives from Gloucestershire County League runners up Frampton United. He was a member of the Gala Wilton side which claimed the Gloucester Northern Senior League Division One title in 2013 and runners up in 2014.

The striker, who can play anywhere along the front three, then moved to Frampton United. “I played there for a few seasons, in my first year we finished 3rd, I scored 21 league goals and won managers player of the year. Last season we finished runners up and I was on 18 league goals before missing the back end of the season through injury” Turner said when reflecting on his time with Frampton.

Turner spoke to us about his reasons for signing for Longlevens, “I’ve decided to move after playing in the county league for a few years. I want to try and play at a higher level and Mark (Moore) invited me down to pre-season for that chance to do so. It helps that I know a few of the lads already having played against them over the years so I know it’s a decent club to join. My First aim is to establish myself in the squad and then the starting 11 to try help Longlevens push on and improve in the Hellenic League”

“I’ve known Myron for a long time now and his name has always stood out on an oppositions team sheet. He was a player that was on our radar from when I found out the I was being offered the job at the club and am pleased to have secured his services” commented manager Moore.

Turner will make his first appearance in a Longlevens shirt in the clubs opening pre-season fixture again Toolstation side Cribbs FC on Saturday 8July at Saw Mills. 3pm KO. 


First Levens Signature For 17/18 - 25 June

Longlevens AFC first new signing of the new season is Goalkeeper Ashley (Ash) Wintle previously with Toolstation First Division outfit Keynsham Town.

Ash, 27 is a PE Teacher in Bristol whose had previous spells with; Bishop Sutton and Larkhall Athletic where he was part of the Toolstation Premier Division championship side 2013/14. He then spent three campaigns with Keynsham Town culminating with only just missing out on promotion to the Toolstation Premier with a 4th placed finish in last season campaign with the club.

Ash spoke to us about his move to Longlevens, “having recently moved to Gloucester after living in Bristol all my life I wanted to continue to play football. I knew Mark (Moore) so it was an easy decision to come along”

Moore commented on the signing as “Great news for the side” saying, “Ash settled in right from the very first session he had with us last season. He is a great lad with a good pedigree behind him and so we are really pleased to have him along at the football club”

When asked about the forthcoming season Wintle said, “I’m looking forward to getting started and just want to do my best for the football club. As ever I aim for more clean sheets than last season and a higher league position than the team achieved last season”


Fitness Building - 9 June

With the summer months in full force and the majority of players now sat on the beaches and beacons across the world, an unlikely figure has stepped forward to support Longlevens players in maintaining and building their fitness levels ready for the start of another season in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League.

Rich Workman, himself an ex player who appeared for Slimbridge, Harrow Hill, Tuffley and Longlevens has lead the team through some off season conditioning. "I took the boys out on a few short runs before pre-season and have now started moving them up towards some serious middle distance running with an aim to building up their endurance levels, enabling them to ground running in pre season" workman said when asked what the aims of the sessions were.

Workman spoke about how his own choices for why he's taken up running have influenced what he's currently leading with the Longlevens players "I was forced to retire from football due to a back injury and took up running as a way to keep fit. I've ran a lot of races over the past 5 years and in each race im always looking to push harder to challenge myself. I'd say I was fitter now than when I played football"

Increasing players fitness levels is a message that new first team manager Mark Moore supports "I'm aiming to change the way we play a little this year and what Rich (workman) is doing with the lads now fits in perfectly to give us the platform to do just that" Longlevens have announced their pre season friendlies which start with Toolstation Premier Division side Cribbs FC at home on Saturday 8th July 3pm ko.

Workman said that he has seen a change in focus since he decided to start the sessions "Everyone is looking to better themselves and we regularly get at least 5 lads per session. They have a good attitude towards going out in the evenings and weekends to cover any distance and are always pushing each other to keep going. To me this shows the boys want to push on and have a good go at achieving their highest finish in the league to date"

With the Hellenic League constitution now released Longlevens can look forward to another season at the highest level of football in their history with another year competing in national competitions such as the FA Cup and FA Vase. The domestic season is set to start w/c 31st July.

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