BRAKES increased the gap between themselves and the bottom three in the Conference North thanks to a wonder strike from skipper Danny Newton were secured 2-1 victory over Gainsborough Trinity.
With Jordan Goddard and Lee Chilton caught up in the heavy motorway traffic due to the early morning accident on the M40, Paul Holleran was forced into two changes with Matt Dodd and Joe Magunda stepping in while Connor Gudger made his home debut at the New Windmill Ground.
The game had been billed a six pointer in some quarters with the two clubs occupying 17th and 18th place in the table so it was always likely to be a close affair, and so it proved.
Both sides struggled to create chances in the opening half an hour. Nathan Hicks fired wide while Simon Russell’s improvised diving header failed to trouble Ross Atkins in the Brakes goal.
The hosts were beginning to create chances and Dodd’s shot deflected behind for a corner, from which Newton’s header was smuggled away from goal by Dominic Roma.
It was from another dead ball delivery on the right from Lee Moore that Brakes moved in front from on 37 minutes with Delroy Gordon powering his header down and into the net for his second goal in Gold and Black.
Newton drew a save from young Trinity keeper Rory Watson with a long range snapshot as the half drew to a close, but the visitors rocked Leamington seven minutes into the second half as they drew level thanks to a well executed free kick by Jamie Yates.
Temporarily stunned by the loss of their lead, it was not long before Leamington were back on the front foot.
Hicks headed narrowly wide from a free kick and then did well to poke the ball across goal but James Fry failed to make a connection.
Fry went close again for the visitors by firing a low free kick just past the post from distance, but it was from a Gainsborough corner that Brakes fashioned their winner on 77 minutes.
Moving the ball into midfield Newton looked to have taken on one man too many but with the help of Jordan Goddard and Lee Moore possession was won back, and the skipper unleashed a rocket of a strike from fully 30 yards that thundered into the top corner past the helpless Watson.
Veteran Darryn Stamp, who won the corresponding fixture last season with a late goal for the visitors, saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net and also headed wide from a corner in the closing stages.