23rd Oct, 2017

Brakes defeat rivals Stratford to edge closer to the play-offs

Steve Carpenter 2nd Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BRAKES moved to within two points of the Southern League Premier Division play-offs thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over rivals Stratford Town.

Recent signing Courtney Baker-Richardson scored the only goal of the game as Leamington extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

Ben Mackey headed straight at the goalkeeper from eight yards out and he came close again on 23 minutes when he got behind the defence but Stratford goalkeeper Andy Kemp did well to make the save.

At the other end Tony Breeden did well to deny Michael McGrath before the home side made the breakthrough shortly after the half-hour mark.

Sam Austin delivered a pin-point cross into the area and Baker-Richardson produced a great header to put Leamington 1-0 ahead.

After the break Breeden was nearly caught out after missing the ball from 30 yards out but Richard Gregory had an attempt at an open goal but his effort was wide of the target.

Baker-Richardson had chances to score second but some excellent defending by Stratford denied him the chance on 64 minutes and 20 minutes from time he was denied by a smart save from Kemp.

Sheldon shot straight at Breedon in added on time but the visitors could not find a breakthrough and Leamington held out for what could turn out to be three valuable points come the end of the season.

Up next for Paul Holleran’s side is a trip to Merthyr Town this Saturday.

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