FOOTBALL - Leamington frustrated by Alvechurch in draw - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Leamington frustrated by Alvechurch in draw

Aaron Sutcliffe 29th Jan, 2024 Updated: 31st Jan, 2024   0

LEAMINGTON were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Alvechurch as the Brakes stretched their unbeaten run in the league to six matches.

Will Shorrock fired the Brakes into an early lead only for Dylan Allen-Hadley to equalise for Church in the second half at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

The result means Leamington sit fourth in the Southern League Premier Central table, two points clear of the chasing pack in the battle for a play-off place.

And the Brakes made a fast start as Henry Landers saw an early effort blocked before firing a free-kick straight at Alvechurch goalkeeper Ronnie Hollingshead.

The home side broke the deadlock after just nine minutes when Shorrock scored his second goal in as many league games with a clinical finish into the top left corner from Adam Walker’s pass.

Church through they had drawn level soon after only for Jaanai Gordon to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Leamington remained on top as the half wore on with Hollingshead denying both Cally Stewart and Jack Edwards in quick succession.

And the Brakes went close to doubling their lead when Hollingshead made an excellent low save down to his right to keep out Ewan Williams’ shot before then denying Edwards from close range.

However, the visitors equalised on the hour mark as Allen-Hadley controlled Josh Dugmore’s cross from the right before hooking the ball home on the turn from 10-yards out.

Paul Holleran’s side searched for a winner as Hollingshead made an outstanding acrobatic save to tip Landers’ powerful effort over the crossbar.

And the home side went close soon after as Williams sent a header on to the roof of the net from Dan Meredith’s cross with the hosts unable to find a winning goal on a frustrating afternoon.

Leamington are next in action away at Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday, February 3 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.


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