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21st May, 2022

FOOTBALL - Double delight for Leamington over bank holiday weekend

LEAMINGTON FC enjoyed a fine bank holiday weekend with wins against Curzon Ashton and Kidderminster Harriers to bring an end to their seven-game winless run.

The Brakes won 2-1 at Curzon Ashton last weekend before finishing their home campaign with an impressive 2-0 win against Kiddy on bank holiday Monday.

Leamington now sit 15th in the National League North table with one game left to play this season.

Paul Holleran’s side won for just the second time on the road this season at Curzon Ashton and the Brakes made a terrific start when Dan Turner struck on two minutes with a clinical finish after racing through on goal.

And the visitors doubled their lead on 46 minutes when Joe Parker finished from point blank range after Turner’s clever back heel came back off the post from Charlie Williams’ corner.

The home side pulled a goal back on 89 minutes as Marcus Poscha bundled the ball home from Jordan Richards’ corner before Brakes keeper Jake Weaver made a remarkable save at his near post to preserve the points.

And Leamington backed up their rare away success with another unlikely win against fourth-placed Kidderminster who have already secured a play-off spot.

Former Kiddy man Callum Gittings opened the scoring after just five minutes with a ferocious volley from more than 30-yards out that flew into the top corner leaving Harriers keeper Luke Simpson with no chance.

And first team debutant Manny Olaloko grabbed Leamington’s second goal of the afternoon on 53 minutes when he muscled his way through before slipping the ball between the legs of Simpson and racing away in unbridled joy.

The Brakes comfortably saw out the remainder of the game to secure back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since November.

Leamington are next in action on Wednesday, May 4 in the Birmingham Senior Cup final against Stourbridge with kick-off at 7.30pm at Villa Park.

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