FOOTBALL - Brakes surrender two-goal lead in Telford draw - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Brakes surrender two-goal lead in Telford draw

Leamington Editorial 4th Oct, 2022 Updated: 4th Oct, 2022   0

TOM HEWLETT scored two goals on his home debut in vain as Leamington threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with AFC Telford United.

The on loan Burton Albion striker scored either side of half time to put Leamington in command only for Brendon Daniels to strike twice for the visitors to earn Telford a point at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

And the result means Leamington sit sixth in the National League North table.

Paul Holleran’s men almost made a disastrous start as Brakes goalkeeper Callum Hawkins made a smart save inside the first minute to keep out Montel Gibson’s powerful effort.

Leamington had a few half chances before Telford went up the other end and came close to breaking the deadlock as Daniels lifted an effort onto the roof of the net.

However, the Brakes took the lead against the run of play on 32 minutes when Hewlett thumped a powerful effort into the net after good work from Jack Edwards and Devon Kelly-Evans.

And Leamington doubled their lead on 48 minutes when Hewlett grabbed his second of the afternoon in fortuitous circumstances after Telford’s Matt Brown cleared the ball against teammate Brad Bood with the ball falling into the path of Hewlett who found the bottom corner.

Telford responded on 54 minutes when Daniels scored from the penalty spot after Nathan Blissett was fouled by keeper Hawkins with Brakes boss Holleran sent from the dugout.

The visitors grew in confidence after the goal as Gibson curled an effort well wide before Robbie Evans grazed the outside of the post with a powerful low strike from distance.

And Telford netted a deserved equaliser on 83 minutes as Daniels’ long range strike deflected past the wrong-footed Hawkins.

The away side had chances to nick the points at the death as Gibson fired over when one-on-one before shooting straight at Hawkins soon after.

And Leamington also went close at the death through Kelly-Evans and substitute Connor Taylor but were unable to find a way past Telford stopper Luke Pilling.

Leamington are next in action at home to Alfreton Town on Saturday, October 8 with kick-off at 3pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.


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