FOOTBALL - Leamington slump to pre-season defeat at Warwickshire rivals Rugby - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Leamington slump to pre-season defeat at Warwickshire rivals Rugby

Leamington Editorial 25th Jul, 2023 Updated: 25th Jul, 2023   0

LEAMINGTON slumped to a disappointing 3-0 pre-season defeat away at lower division Northern Premier League Midlands side Rugby Town.

The Brakes trailed courtesy of Jordan Wilson’s early strike before David Kolodynski and trialist Karabo Motshweni completed the scoring in the second half at Butlin Road.

Leamington’s relegation from the National League North last season, coupled with Valley’s promotion, means there is now just one division between the two Warwickshire sides.

The Brakes fell behind as striker Wilson opened his pre-season account on nine minutes with a well-taken finish after neat build-up play between Kolodynski and Tom Fielding.

Devon Kelly-Evans and Jiah Medrano both went close to restoring parity as the latter lashed a powerful effort narrowly over the angle of post and bar.

However, former Brakes man Kolodynski doubled Rugby’s lead on 53 minutes with a superb curling effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Leamington tried to find a way back into the game as Jack Edwards and Tyrone Barnett both went close with headers.

The Brakes best chance fell to Callum Stewart who saw his header tipped over the by Valley goalkeeper and former Brake Matt Hill from Ben Usher-Shipway’s cross.

However, the scoring was complete in stoppage time as trialist substitute Motshweni drilled a fine effort under the despairing dive of Callum Smith from 20-yards out.

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