FOOTBALL - Brakes hit four in Curzon Ashton win to move out of drop zone - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Brakes hit four in Curzon Ashton win to move out of drop zone

Leamington Editorial 6th Mar, 2023 Updated: 6th Mar, 2023   0

LEAMINGTON scored four goals in a game for the first time since the opening day of the season as the Brakes thrashed Curzon Ashton 4-1 to move out of the National League North relegation zone.

Liam Cross and Ollie Hulbert both scored their first goals for the club before Dan Turner and Devon Kelly-Evans struck in the second period to secure an emphatic victory at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

The result means Leamington sit 20th in the National League North table and above the relegation zone on goal difference with a game in hand on the team below them.

Brakes boss Paul Holleran was forced to watch from the stands after he received a touchline ban.

However, Leamington made the perfect start when Cross curled the ball into the far corner on six minutes after the visitors could only clear a corner straight back to the midfielder on the left.

And the home side doubled their lead on 35 minutes when Hulbert’s attempted cross from the right went in via the aid of the left-hand post to score his first goal for the club.

Curzon halved the deficit on 46 minutes when Hayden Campbell scored a superb volley that left Ted Cann in the Brakes goal helpless.

However, Leamington restored their two-goal cushion on 58 minutes when Turner headed in at the far post after great work from Cross down the right as the referee overruled his assistant who had flagged for offside.

And Kelly-Evans sealed the win just five minutes later when he unleashed a fine effort into the right corner from 20-yards out that left Curzon goalkeeper Chris Renshaw rooted to the spot

The home side finished the game with 10-men after defender Theo Streete picked up two bookings in quick succession as the Brakes produced one of their best performances of the season to secure a much-needed win.

Leamington are next in action away at Brackley Town on Tuesday, March 7 with kick-off at 7.45pm at St James Park.

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