BRAKES recorded a thumping victory over Hyde at the New Windmill Ground in the Conference North but it was a scoreline that did not look on the cards at half-time.
Leamington’s Neil Collett was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening period on Saturday afternoon.
But a second half brace from Danny Newton and further goals from Stefan Moore and Aron Wint earned the Brakes their fifth and biggest win of the season.
Collett was called into action in the opening minutes when he produced a diving save to cover a shot from Tigers’ skipper Josh Brizell which struck the post.
Making only his second start of the season after returning from injury, Lee Chilton drove an early shot wide and then it was Leamington’s turn to strike the frame of the goal.
Matt Dodds delivered a dangerous ball across the face of goal which caused panic in the Hyde penalty area and Stefan Moore reacted quickest but his shot struck the post.
A decent spell of pressure from the visitors followed with Luke Giverin’s low drive deflecting narrowly wide, while Brizell’s free kick sailed high over the bar.
The hosts began to come into the game more as half time approached. Newton headed Dodd’s cross wide before firing in a first time shot from Moore’s pass that was straight at Billy O’Brien in the Tigers goal.
The deadlock was finally broken eight minutes after the break when Moore latched onto a through ball after Jamie Tank had halted a Hyde attack and Moore was able to ignore the attention of two Hyde defenders before rounding O’Brien and slotting the ball into an empty net.
The visitors searched for an instant reply with Collett pushing a dangerous free kick wide of the post.
There was little seen of the visitors as an attacking force once Luke Giverin received his second yellow card of the match for an ill-timed challenge on Dodd just past the hour mark.
Within moments Danny Newton had doubled Leamington’s lead with a powering header from Jordan Goddard’s right wing cross.
And the tireless striker doubled his tally for the season within 5 minutes when his low drive proved too powerful for O’Brien to hold and the keeper could only help the ball into the roof of the net.
Richard Batchelor almost made an instant impact after replacing Newton in the closing stages when he was inches from connecting with James Fry’s low drive at the far post, but he contributed to the fourth and final goal of the game six minutes from time.
He cleverly played Lee Chilton into further room on the left wing and his cross into the six yard box was headed home by Aron Wint for his first goal of the season.
Brakes make the long trip to face North Ferriby United on Tuesday in high spirits before returning their focus to the FA Cup and the visit of Worcester City this Saturday.
Leamington’s James Fry and Jamie Tank compete against Tom Bentham. (s) Photo by Sally Ellis
Stefan Moore watches Jamie Tank head towards goal. (s) Photo by Sally Ellis