LEAMINGTON extended their unbeaten home run in the Southern League Premier Division to five matches after coming from behind to beat Redditch United 2-1 on Tuesday evening.
A first home defeat of the 2016/17 campaign looked on the cards for Paul Holleran’s side as they went in at half-time 1-0 down.
But second half strikes from Ryan Rowe and Jack Edwards ensured that the Brakes moved back up to fourth in the table and they now lie just two points behind leaders Slough Town.
The hosts fell behind with just two minutes played when Danilo Johnson beat Tony Breedon with a header at his near post in what was the first attempt at goal of the match.
Neither side created any notable chances in what was a poor 20 minutes spell but shortly before the half-hour mark Ben George set up Edwards but his goalward header was well saved by Bradley Catlow.
Tom James saw his dangerous free kick bounce narrowly wide and Rowe was inches away from beating Catlow as Leamington pushed for an equaliser.
But it was Redditch who could have extended their lead before the break. Shouts for a penalty for the visitors were turned away by the referee and Johnson has a great chance when put clean through on goal but he fired straight at Breedon.
Holleran made a change at the break with Connor Gudger coming on for James and with 63 minutes on the clock the hosts were back on level terms.
A Leamington corner was flicked goalwards by Darren Pond and Rowe was able to get the final touch on the line to make it 1-1.
Holleran’s side pushed for a winner with substitute Richard Taundry, James Mace and Gudger all coming close but they eventually found another breakthrough eight minutes from time.
Another dangerous Leamington corner caused panic in the Redditch defence and Edwards was the player who peeled away to celebrate what proved to be the winner.
Brakes now have a week off to prepare for their next match away at St Ives Town on September 24.