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8th Dec, 2021

Brakes ready to make changes for Albion cup clash

PAUL Holleran is likely to utilise his Leamington squad as they bid to topple West Bromwich Albion in their Birmingham Senior Cup tie tonight (Wednesday).

The Brakes suffered a first defeat in six matches after going down 1-0 to fellow National League North high-fliers Chorley on Saturday.

Leamington have had six away games from the last eight on the road, but tonight’s visit by Albion will be the first of three in a row at the Your Communbity Co-op Stadium (7.45).

Southport are the visitors in the league on Saturday, followed by Alfreton Town on November 27 in the FA Trophy second round.

Boss Holleran admitted last weekend’s defeat at fellow high-fliers Chorley was a game of two halves and while the Lancashire hosts merited the three points overall the Brakes were denied a point by a stunning late save from home keeper Matt Unwin to deny Alex Prosser.

The only goal came on 38 minutes, Connor Hall stooping to head home at the far post from a flick-on following a corner, while the Brakes’ cause was not helped when Joe Parker was sent off for two bookings in the second half.

Holleran says he will shuffle the squad tonight.

“‘West Brom gives us a chance to get everybody involved, use the squad,” he said.

Leamington are the cup holders, having beaten Nuneaton Borough in the 2019 final while the competition was cancelled last season. They had a first-round bye this term, while West Brom edged past Highgate United on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

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