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Brakes see positives after holding Rovers

Ben Tyler 28th Jul, 2021

LEAMINGTON go into their penultimate friendly away at Hednesford Town on Saturday with spirits high, having held League Two opposition in Forest Green Rovers to a credible draw last weekend.

The goalless affair at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium, in which former Brakes favourite Taylor Allen appeared from the bench in a strong Rovers side, was marked by the opening of the Mick Brady Stand prior to kick-off.

It was an affair which missed the visitors’ central figure in Josh March, who departed Leamington for Forest Green in January 2020, but brought an encouraging, concerted effort from the hosts – if not an abundance of goals – nonetheless.

A first effort of the afternoon had to be kept out by the Gloucestershire side’s goalkeeper Lewis Thomas to deny a Brakes trialist, while Kieran Cook also drew a low save later in the half.

Forest Green grew into the game and were close to going in front, but for the outstretched glove of Jake Weaver to produce a timely save and keep out Jordan Moore-Taylor’s header.

Jake Young’s free kick came even closer still when rattling the hosts’ crossbar before the break, a moment which signalled further Leamington goalmouth action in the second half.

Opi Edwards should have done better for Forest Green with a drive that flashed wide, prior to a Weaver double save to deny Young and then Jamille Matt’s follow-up header.

With time dwindling, substitute Kane Wilson conjured up the final effort of the afternoon – again one which Weaver was equal to – as the game ebbed out into a goalless draw.

After the trip to Keys Park this weekend, Leamington host Solihull Moors on August 7 before kicking off their National League North campaign a week later at home to Gateshead.

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