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5th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Leamington FC cruise to impressive win against Chester

LEAMINGTON FC cruised to a 3-0 win against Chester thanks to goals from Dan Turner, Jack Edwards and Kelsey Mooney at the Your Co-op Community Stadium.

The victory avenged the Brakes’ agonising injury-time defeat in the reverse fixture back in December and matched their biggest win of the season so far, a 3-0 success against Farsley Celtic in October.

And the result means Leamington sit 13th in the National League North table, six points outside of the play-off places.

The Brakes made a strong start on home soil with Turner unable to test Wyll Stanway in the Chester goal after a fine run before Jack Lane headed wide from a corner.

And the pressure eventually told on 19 minutes when Turner flicked the ball beyond Stanway with the outside of his foot into the bottom corner from Edwards’ well-measured touch.

Leamington should have doubled their lead towards the end of the half when Devon Kelly-Evans’ dangerous ball whistled past the post with Edwards unable to react quickly enough to turn the cross home.

And the Brakes duly extended their lead on 50 minutes when Edwards powered a header into the roof of the net from Kelly-Evans’ floated corner from the right.

The home side thought they had trebled their lead when Lane headed home from Steph Morley’s excellent cross only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

And on-loan Brakes goalkeeper Callum Hawkins was then forced into a smart save low down to his left to push away Okera Simmonds’ low drive before the ball was cleared to safety.

Leamington added their third goal on 77 minutes when Mooney slid a low effort past Stanway after bringing the ball down and beating two defenders.

Debutant keeper Hawkins then made another save from Simmonds as Chester searched for a way back into the game, this time getting low down at his near post.

First-team coach Chris Knott said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the result, performances have been up and down but we’ve had some really positive spells in games lately and just not put chances away.

“From back to front, a clean sheet and going forward taking some good opportunities, was pleasing to see.

“We could maybe have been further in front at half time if we had made more of some of our opportunities, but second half we got the early goal and then won the midfield battle before getting the third goal late on which I think has killed them off really.

“Chester came out and had a go second half but we managed them well, and I think it was really positive.”

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