FOOTBALL - Leamington FC held to draw by 10-man Kettering - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Leamington FC held to draw by 10-man Kettering

LEAMINGTON FC were denied a first away win in the league since early November after they surrendered an early lead to draw 1-1 with 10-man Kettering Town.

Dan Turner put the Brakes ahead after just four minutes only for Stephan Morley’s own goal on 49 minutes to deservedly bring the home side level.

Kettering had Connor Kennedy sent off on the hour mark after he was shown two yellow cards but Leamington were unable to find a winner.

The result leaves Leamington in 14th place in the National League North table, seven points outside of the play-off places.

And the Brakes made a dream start when Turner stabbed home after Callum Gittings shot deflected kindly into his path.

The hosts went close through Jordon Crawford before Jack Edwards stung the palms of Kettering goalkeeper Jackson Smith with a half volley.

And the visitors tried their luck again when Jack Lane stabbed a low effort narrowly wide of the left hand post.

Brakes defender Kyle Morrison came to his side’s rescue shortly before half time when he cleared Crawford’s effort off the line after Jake Weaver had bravely punched the ball away.

Kettering wasted two golden chances seconds before the interval when Rhys Sharpe’s free-kick was deflected over the bar before the same player laced an effort inches over soon after.

And after Turner shot over early in the second half, the home side drew level when Morley diverted a corner from the right past his own goalkeeper.

However, the hosts were reduced to 10-men on the hour mark when Kennedy was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Gittings.

Undeterred, Kettering almost took the lead when they had two shots blocked in the Leamington box during a frantic period of play.

And home debutant Callum Stead then fired a superb volley inches over the bar as the Brakes struggled to make their man advantage count.

Leamington are next in action at home to Chorley on Saturday, February 12 with kick-off at 3pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.


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