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Leamington Brakes relegated from Conference North

Leamington Brakes relegated from Conference North Leamington Brakes relegated from Conference North
Updated: 3:10 pm, May 07, 2015

TWO SEASONS of Conference North football has come to an end for Leamington after they were relegated following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to North Ferriby United.

Brakes were held by the FA Trophy winners to a draw at the New Windmill Ground but were relegated as results elsewhere put the safety line out of reach.

The visitors are well known for being a strong side and Brakes found it difficult to get into the rhythm that saw them create so many chances at Tamworth the previous Saturday.

Jordan Goddard hooked a shot over his shoulder and wide early on, while a hopeful effort from Lee Chilton proved no problem for Villagers keeper Jonathan Hedge.

The hosts were dealt a blow when Chilton was replaced by Nathan Hicks after picking up a knock and prior to this Curtis Bateson flashed a shot across goal.

Bateson however made no mistake when he opened the scoring on 34 minutes by firing in off the far post from a tight angle.

Leamington finally began to build up a head of steam as half time approached and one minute before the break the hosts were level.

It was from Taundry’s long throw that Jack Edwards rose superbly above the towering Denton to knock the ball on for Danny Newton to head home the equaliser.

Immediately after the break Denton nodded a cross back for Liam King to test Jonny Maddison with a well struck volley, but it was Brakes who moved ahead when Hedge could only parry Jordan Goddard’s free kick into the path of Hicks, who gleefully stabbed a shot past him into the net.

Despite having little to play for in terms of league position the visitors were clearly intent on ending their poor recent run of results.

And they were level again within ten minutes when the lively Jason St Juste fired past Maddison after two blocked shots saw the ball arrive at his feet to the left of goal in the penalty area.

James Mace came closest to restoring Leamington’s lead when his header was cleared off the line by Josh Wilde, and Maddison had to be alter to deny Denton’s bullet header.

Hicks volleyed across goal and wide while Newton saw a header saved, and St Juste saw a shot towards the near post saved as chances came and went for both sides but there was to be no winner.

And a late goal for Stalybridge to win their game at Hednesford condemned Brakes to their first relegation since the rebirth in 2000.