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Happy to be back – Brimscombe boss Sam Prior on winning return to football

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Brimscombe boss Sam Prior insisted it was good to be back after his side defeated Malmesbury Victoria 3-1 in the Blue Fin Sports Hellenic Challenge Cup.

“It was a good competitive start back to football after such a long time off,” Prior said.

“We started well and with a little more quality, we would have gone in at half-time further ahead. As it was, the second half was stop-start with substitutions and injuries and it was hard to get into any kind of rhythm for both sides. It’s a decent start and we’ll be looking to build on it on Saturday when we welcome Stonehouse.”

Earlier, a minute’s silence in honour of the late Hellenic League referee Pete Cobby.

Prior’s side opened the scoring on 28 minutes. A teasing cross from the right-wing by Ollie Pitt resulted in Jack Smith stooping to head in at the back post. Pitt made it 2-0 on the cusp of the break – converting a penalty he’d won after being upended.

Jack Smith put the game beyond Malmesbury as he turned and smashed the ball in. Malmesbury pulled a goal back on 60 minutes through Hobson-Veigh.

Brimscombe: A Clatworthy, E Simpson, D Hill, B Snook, K Pitts, J Bartman, D Woodfield, J Welch, J Smith, H Price and O Pitt (C)

Subs: O Barnes, E Major, B McClean, S Folkes, N Marks.

Next-up: Brimscombe welcome Stonehouse on Saturday, 4.15pm.

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