FOOTBALL - Hall strikes late to earn Brakes a point at Chester - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Hall strikes late to earn Brakes a point at Chester

Aaron Sutcliffe 14th Nov, 2022 Updated: 14th Nov, 2022   0

LOUIS Hall’s injury-time goal rescued a point for Leamington away at Chester as the Brakes drew for the fifth successive match.

Hall struck two minutes into time added on after Declan Weeks had opened the scoring early in the second half at Deva Stadium.

The result means Leamington sit 12th in the National League North table.

Both teams struggled to create chances in the first half as Rackeem Reid headed Hall’s cross over the crossbar before Adam Walker’s first-time shot ended up closer to the corner flag than the Chester goal.

Devon Kelly-Evans was next to try his luck from 30-yards out as his effort flew over the crossbar.

However, the deadlock was eventually broken on 53 minutes when Weeks was afforded too much room in the penalty area and fired an effort that deflected past Brakes goalkeeper Callum Hawkins.

And Paul Holleran’s side almost responded immediately when Kelly-Evans’ shot was turned behind by Chester keeper Harry Tyrer from Charlie Williams’ through ball.

Chester looked to add to their lead when a ball from the left flashed across the face of goal before Iwan Murray sent a free-kick narrowly wide.

Anthony Dudley then forced Hawkins into a smart save before Tyrer pushed away Jack Edwards’ downward header from a free-kick at the other end.

Holleran threw on both Tom Hewlett and Dan Turner in search of an equaliser and was rewarded in the dying moments when Hall scrambled home the equaliser off of Tyrer’s legs.

And Leamington almost snatched all three points at the death only for Tyrer to save Edwards’ header as the Brakes stretched their unbeaten run to six matches.

Leamington are next in action at home to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday, November 19 in the FA Trophy with kick-off at 3pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

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