FOOTBALL - Brakes still in drop zone after mixed Easter fortunes - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Brakes still in drop zone after mixed Easter fortunes

Aaron Sutcliffe 11th Apr, 2023 Updated: 11th Apr, 2023   0

LEAMINGTON remain in the National League North relegation zone after the Brakes suffered a 3-0 defeat at Kettering Town on Easter Monday following a 2-0 win against Hereford on Easter Monday.

The Brakes secured a crucial three points at home to Hereford as Ollie Hulbert and Liam Cross netted in either half at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

However, Paul Holleran’s side were well-beaten at relegation rivals Kettering after defender Theo Streete was sent off in the first half at Latimer Park.

The results leave Leamington in 21st place in the National League North table, one place and one point from safety with just three games left to play.

Against Hereford, Leamington took the lead on 16 minutes when Hulbert glanced Dan Meredith’s cross into the far corner after good play between the latter and Sam Perry.

And the Brakes made sure of the points on 84 minutes when Cross thumped a powerful low effort through several bodies and past Hereford goalkeeper Dale Eve.

However, Leamington suffered a damaging defeat away at Kettering on Easter Monday as the Brakes suffered a fifth defeat in six matches.

The game turned on 36 minutes when Streete was shown a straight red card for a clumsy foul on Keaton Ward in the box and Jimmy Knowles dispatched the resulting penalty.

And Kettering doubled their lead on 76 minutes when substitute Lewis White headed home at a corner before Sam Bennett completed the scoring in injury time.

Leamington are next in action at home to Chorley on Saturday, April 15 with kick-off at 3pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.


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