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Adaptation Key To "Vic's" Success - 18 January

josh langley Hellnic League Malmesbury Victoria joint-manager Josh Langley believes whichever team gets to grips with playing conditions fastest on Saturday will come out on top as his side welcome Pewsey Vale to the Flying Monk Ground in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Vics are in excellent form on their own patch, having won their last four in all competitions, as Langley (pictured) believes opposition teams have struggled to adapt. But the Malmesbury boss says Pewsey are a smart team and have the quality of player that will be able to change their passing style into a more pragmatic approach. Malmesbury have already beaten Vale twice in cup competitions this term, but despite leading the head-to-head record 2-0, Langley is still expecting a tough test.

He said: “I think Pewsey are quite similar to us in that they like to play football – arguably even more than us – but the pitch at home isn’t the best at the moment and it suits us more. I’m not saying it’s an advantage, but opposition teams have come here and tried to get the ball down and play against us and it hasn’t worked. We’ve suited the pitch better, got the ball forward as quickly as we could and it worked, but I think Pewsey will do that as well. They’ve got a lot of good players in their team and the two cup games that we’ve played them, it was a really good battle, so I’m expecting another tough game on Saturday.”

Malmesbury have picked up six wins from their last seven games and have scored 19 goals in their last three matches. Langley is proud of his team’s ability to score goals from all areas and says they won’t change their attacking intent, no matter who they play. He said: “The way we’re going at the moment, it’s really good to see that we’re throwing bodies forward and everyone wants to try and score. We’ve got Shane Bumphrey in red-hot form – he’s scored 30 goals already this year. Sam Parker – our captain – is just getting back to full fitness and he scored two the other week, which was good to see. Then we’ve got Andy Baker, who had four weeks off, came on last week and scored a hat-trick, so it just goes to show how many really good attacking players we’ve got. We’ll always try to set up to win and score as many goals as we can, but also defend when we have to.”


Points Imperative - 7 December

Ahead of their crunch Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West tie with Thornbury Town tomorrow Malmesbury Victoria joint-manager Josh Langley says his side must continue to pick up points wherever they can. Writes Jonnny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Fifth place Victoria travel to third place Thornbury this weekend, looking for a win that will take them within two points of their promotion rivals. Malmesbury go into this fixture having won their last two games by an aggregate scoreline of 7-2 - and Langley is especially proud of the 4-1 win against Cheltenham Saracens, a game he feels has helped to buck their recent struggles. Langley also knows how competitive the league can be, but doesn’t fear a Thornbury side that has only tasted defeat once so far this term.

He said: “Thornbury are on a really good run at the moment, so for us it’s a big game. It’d be nice to leave with three points, but I would happily take a draw at this stage because in this league, any team can beat anyone. If we keep picking up points here and there, then that will help us out at the end of the season. When we beat Cheltenham Saracens two weeks ago, we created plenty of chances and in the second half we defended really well. We’ve set the bar high with that performance so it’s really important we don’t drop under that level. The message this weekend will be to do the same again because we can’t afford to drop points if we want to get promoted."

Malmesbury have already tasted defeat against Thornbury once this season, going down 3-1 at the Flying Monk Ground. But Langley believes that Victoria’s newly-regained confidence will stand them in good stead to come out on top this time around.

He said: “The lads are finally smiling again. We’ve been really poor since our FA Vase exit to Sholing. The games after that haven’t been amazing, but the Cheltenham Victoria game made us realise that we’re a good team and that we can win games again. Thornbury beat us at our place earlier in the season and they’ve got some really good players. They’ve got a tricky winger who is excellent, so if we can keep him quiet and keep the other attacking threats quiet then we should be alright, but they’re on a good run of form and they’re going to be buzzing so it will be a really good game.”


josh langley Hellnic League Promotion Target For New Management - 16 November

Malmesbury Victoria joint-manager Josh Langley says the aim for this season is to get promoted to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division despite former boss Kevin Bridgeman stepping down last week.

Langley(pictured left) has been with Malmesbury for most of his career, but a serious injury forced him to stop playing a year ago and now the 21-year-old has turned his attention to helping new joint-manager Andy Wicks achieve promotion from Division One West.

Malmesbury are currently occupying fifth spot in the One West table having secured thirteen points from seven league games played. Eight points behind table toppers Cheltenham Saracens who have also played seven.


“We are 100 per cent going for promotion, there is no doubt about it,” said Langley in the Swindon Advertiser. “On our day, we can beat anyone. The league, for us, is one that we should be winning or at least gaining promotion from.”

Langley and Wicks were re-united after the surprise departure of Bridgeman last week, and the youngster believes the new management team are a recipe for success.

“When Kevin announced he was resigning, he told the club that he wanted me to take over, but due to lack of experience, I went to Andy for help,” said Langley. “He was there with me for the last four of five games of last season and he put a lot of points across with what he wanted to do and they were very similar to me. We both feed off each other, we both agree with what we want to do. Team selection-wise, he lets me get on with it, but when I come to show him the team, he will always have some views he wants to put across. But on a matchday, he is the main man.”

Vic's picked up a 2-1 Floodlit Cup win over Easington Sports in the pair’s first game in charge last Tuesday and are looking forward to their first league game together away at Clanfield on Saturday. That is a match Langley is fully confident his team should take all three points from.

He said: “Clanfield have always been a team that work hard. They will pick up results here and there, but personally, I believe they are a team that we should be beating. They are a team that will work hard for each other, but when they come up against a team that are better than, them they will just try and play for a draw. On Saturday, we should be leaving there with three points.”


Vic's Aim To Build On Start - 21 September

Malmesbury Victoria boss Kevin Bridgeman enters tomorrow’s Uhslport Hellenic League Division One West home clash against Clanfield with the belief that he’s working with the strongest group of players he has ever coached.

The Swindon Advertiser comments the Vic's are unbeaten from their opening four league fixtures and have also made progress to the first round proper of the FA Vase following their second qualifying round win against Virginia Water last weekend.

A win against Clanfield on Saturday could see Malmesbury climb to the summit of the division, depending on the results of rivals Easington Sports and Kidlington. Three wins from their opening four fixtures bodes well for a strong season at the Flying Monk Ground, and Bridgeman admits having senior players Sam Parker and Andy Baker return to the starting 11 has made his job significantly easier.

He said to Shaun Reynolds: “I firmly believe the group of players we have this season is the strongest I have ever worked with. We have carefully targeted the incoming players to improve the squad. Team spirit and belief amongst the group is second to none. I am delighted with the way we have started the season, we’re unbeaten in the league and through to the first round of the FA Vase.”

Malmesbury’s strong start has resulted in Bridgeman making few team changes to his starting 11, but the manager insists those players waiting for their turn have been patient and are yet to complain about their lack of minutes.

It’s a characteristic which Bridgeman believes underlines the work ethic and attitude of his squad. “The players that have been on the fringes have had a superb attitude and I haven’t heard one moan or groan about anyone being on the bench,” added Bridgeman. “I have also had a reshuffle of the backroom staff, and the three lads helping me are all now Malmesbury based. I think this has worked wonders for the players, who are almost all based in the town or within a few miles.”


No Complacency - 24 August

Kevin Bridgeman Malmesbury Victoria manager Hellenic LeagueMalmesbury Victoria manager Kevin Bridgeman has warned his side against complacency ahead of tomorrow’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West clash against Tytherington Rocks.

Although Tytherington are without a league win in 28 fixtures, Bridgeman (pictured) does not want his side to bring about a change in fortune for the south Gloucestershire club, who opened their league campaign with a 2-1 loss against Almondsbury UWE on Saturday.

His slight cause for concern is backed up by Malmesbury entering the unknown this season, following their summer switch from the Toolstation League to the Hellenic League. Bridgeman said in the Swindon Advertiser: “We’re a little bit unknown in this league, because we’ve spent the last few years in the Toolstation League. It’s a bit unknown what we’re going to come up against, but it’s clear that Tytherington aren’t enjoying the best of times at the moment. They (Tytherington) started with a loss, so I’d imagine that their confidence is low. But then we need to be mindful that at some point they will turn a corner and start to pick up points. We don’t want to be the team that signals that start. We won’t be in for an easy ride at all, we’ll have to be on our A-game to pick up the points.”

Malmesbury had to wait longer than most to start their league campaign, having only kicked off a league match for the first time on Monday at Kidlington. A 2-2 draw resulted from that clash, and Bridgeman could already pinpoint plenty of positives within his new-look team.

He said: “We’ve been waiting with baited breath for the league to start, we thought it would start much earlier than this. When we finally got going on Monday at Kidlington, it was good to get back into the groove. We are now really looking forward to the challenge ahead. There are only 26 league games, but we’ve got cup games as well. The boys performed really well in pre-season, but given we’ve added and lost faces our team spirit has been fantastic.”

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