FOOTBALL - Brakes beaten at Bradford as winless run continues - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Brakes beaten at Bradford as winless run continues

Aaron Sutcliffe 13th Feb, 2023 Updated: 13th Feb, 2023   0

DEVON Kelly-Evans scored a late consolation as nine-man Leamington’s winless run was extended to 14 matches following a 3-1 defeat away at Bradford Park Avenue.

Kelly-Evans netted the Brakes first goal since New Year’s Day in vain as Bradford ended their own eight-match winless run with a clinical performance at the Horsfall Community Stadium.

And both Jack Edwards and Louis Hall saw red in the second half on another damaging afternoon for the Brakes in Yorkshire.

The result means Leamington have dropped into the National League North relegation zone in 21st place, one point from safety with two games in hand on the team above them.

Despite another bright start from Paul Holleran’s side, Bradford took the lead on 25 minutes when Will Longbottom fired past Brakes debutant Ted Cann in goal when one-on-one.

And the home side doubled their lead in first-half injury time as Brad Dockerty found the bottom corner to leave Leamington with a mountain to climb at the interval.

Things went from bad to worse for the Brakes when Edwards received a second yellow card following a tussle with Mitch Lund.

And Leamington’s misery was compounded when Hall saw red after he caught Harrison Hopper with his studs on the halfway line as the Brakes were reduced to nine men.

Bradford sealed the points on 71 minutes when Hopper slotted the ball underneath Cann before Kelly-Evans produced a first-time finish from Dan Meredith’s cutback to score a consolation goal with 10 minutes left to play.

Leamington are next in action at home to Buxton on Tuesday, February 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

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