9th Dec, 2019

Brakes woes continue in Norfolk

Ben Tyler 13th Nov, 2019

LEAMINGTON’S winless streak has stretched to seven games following a 5-2 defeat away at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday Night.

Junior English and Jack Edwards’ goals were the only highlight of another miserable night for the Brakes, who remain 17th in National League North following the latest loss.

Manager Paul Holleran made a solitary change to the team that stepped out in Norfolk, with Jack Lane replacing the recently departed Jamie Hood in the visitors’ backline.

It became clear from the balance of play in the early stages that the hosts had substance to their lofty position of second and were playing the ball around with ease, much to the displeasure of the Brakes.

Jake Weaver did well to catch hold of a header from Tom Ward, the first effort of note during the one-way traffic that ensued from the start, before Kings Lynn inevitably took the lead on 15 minutes.

With the visitors perhaps expecting a penalty to be awarded when Michael Clunan went down inside the area, Adam Marriott was on hand to smash home the loose ball to put Leamington on the back foot.

A second arrived 12 minutes later just as Holleran’s side began to build some momentum, as Sonny Carey thrashed a half-volley into the net from 25 yards out.

The goal was another unwanted setback for the Brakes, who looked likely to concede every time the Linnets went forward.

And so it proved, as a third goal and a second from Marriott was fired past Weaver from close range after a corner was knocked down into his path.

Leamington pulled a goal back five minutes before half time, after Dexter Walters’ free kick from the left flank was nudged over the line by English.

Josh March then had a shot blocked while Steph Morley’s free kick inched narrowly past the post as the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Three minutes after the restart though, King’s Lynn’s three-goal lead was restored when the alert Jordan Richards knocked the ball down before dispatching into the net.

To the Brakes’ credit, they continued to plug away as the game descended into a scrappy affair for the final 20 minutes.

They did, however, find a second goal when Edwards forced the ball home from close range four minutes from time to make the scoreline appear more respectable.

King’s Lynn still had time to round off the game with a fifth from Michael Gash in the final minute to rub further salt in the wound.

Leamington now head to bottom-of-the-table Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday (3pm) as they attempt to get their season back on track.

Meanwhile, the Brakes are set to do battle with Spennymoor Town at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy, to be played on Saturday November 23, following the draw this week.

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