Neale Fenn expects a very tough and competitive El Clasico as the first midland’s derby of 2019 takes place in the Athlone Stadium tomorrow night.
“I think there will be a lot of people really excited about this game” explained Longford Town manager Neale Fenn.
“When I came here and the first time we played them, I think we won 7-1 and it was a bit of non-event, it will be much closer this year.”
After a couple of horrendous seasons, Athlone Town have started this campaign in whirlwind fashion collecting nine points from a possible 12.
Athlone’s only defeat was a two-nil home defeat to Shels, last weekend Athlone came away from the Carlisle Grounds with victory after an impressive one-nil triumph over Bray Wanderers.
“Its early days so far” explained Fenn, “I get the feeling with the expectation of Wexford, I think anyone can beat everyone else. We just need to take every game as it comes.”
“I think we’ve been good without being spectacular” added Fenn, “But once the pitches get better I can really see our game improving.”
Longford Town are the only unbeaten side in the first division with one victory and two draws in their opening three games.
The town now have a game in hand over the teams above them after last week’s game at home to Galway United was postponed.
The last outing for Neale Fenn’s charges was the one all draw away to Cabinteely with Sam Verdon on target for Longford.
As well as Brilly, Darren Meenan and Kealen Dillon, Athlone have two other former Longford players in their ranks.
Rhys Gorman who won the First Division Title with Longford back in 2014 and Kaleem Simon are also now playing for the opposition.
On the team news front, apart from Carlton Ubaezuono, all other squad members are available for selection.