FOOTBALL - Leamington held to draw by Barwell - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Leamington held to draw by Barwell

Aaron Sutcliffe 11th Dec, 2023 Updated: 11th Dec, 2023   0

PAUL Holleran felt his Leamington side were the architects of their own downfall after surrendering a half-time lead to draw 1-1 with Barwell.

The Brakes led through veteran striker Tyrone Barnett’s superb volley on 40 minutes only for Beck-Ray Enoru to equalise for the visitors on 66 minutes at the Your Co-op Community Stadium.

And Brakes boss Holleran felt his side had enough chances to secure the points before allowing Barwell back into the contest.

Holleran said: “It was really difficult for both teams, we managed the conditions really well in the first half and defended well, you couldn’t really fault the first-half performance.

“Both teams played better against the wind, we’ve got enough about us to manage that situation better than we have done in the second half.

“We should have put the game to bed and the goal is just mind-blowing, it’s another poor goal to concede from us, it’s a goal we shouldn’t be conceding, it’s not good enough

“There’s been a few games now where we’ve been in good positions and just need to concentrate and see things through, we’ve been the architects of our own downfall again.

“We’ve got to add at least one player, the week has been a real stretch for us, we might have to do something just to get us through the Christmas period.”

Leamington almost broke the deadlock when Barnett picked out Henry Landers on the edge of the penalty area only for the forward to curl a shot inches past the post.

However, the Brakes took the lead in style shortly before half time as Barnett produced a cushioned volley into the bottom left corner from 12-yards out from Dan Meredith’s cross from the right.

And the home side had a chance to double their lead before the break as Cally Stewart beat his man only to see his shot from a tight angle saved by Barwell goalkeeper Harry Griffiths.

The visitors improved after the break as George Ward drilled a shot wide from distance before Landers’ effort deflected agonisingly wide at the other end.

However, Barwell equalised on 66 minutes as Enoru coolly rolled the ball through the legs of Brakes goalkeeper Callum Hawkins when one-on-one.

And Enoru spurned a glorious chance to completed the turnaround soon after, blazing over the bar from a tight angle after taking the ball around Hawkins.

The home side responded with a chance of their own as Adam Walker collected Meredith’s pass before curling a shot against the top of the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

And the Brakes went close late on as Landers drilled a dangerous ball across the face of goal only for the cross to evade everybody in yellow and go behind for a goal kick.

The result means Leamington sit third in the Southern League Premier Central table, four points behind leaders Needham Market who have three games in-hand.

Leamington are next in action away at Mickleover on Saturday, December 16 with kick-off at 3pm at the Don Amott Arena.


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