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8th Dec, 2021

Holleran happy for Brakes to have a break after busy schedule

PAUL HOLLERAN will be grateful for a free week to allow Leamington to prepare for Saturday’s long trip to the north-east to face Blyth Spartans.

The Brakes made it three games unbeaten after drawing 1-1 at AFC Telford United on Saturday in a fixture which was hastily arranged after planned opponents Kettering Town were hit by Covid issues.

There was little between the sides but Telford went ahead on 70 minutes through an Elliott Durrell penalty awarded after Dan Meredith brought down Cameron Antwi.

The lead only lasted two minutes, however. Jack Edwards’ diving header from a Devon Kelly-Evans was parried by keeper Russ Griffiths but the ball fell for Kaiman Anderson to tuck home an equaliser.

“We possibly could have nicked it but I think you’d have to say a draw was about right,” said boss Holleran. “We’ve kept the points board ticking over, and it’s been a good week for us with some good individual performances.

“The week’s rest before the trip up to Blyth is needed. It gives us the chance to rest some bruised and battered bodies and gradually build it up over the week, and it will give Kelsey Mooney and Steph Morley the chance to get back up to speed too.”

Meanwhile, the Brakes’ Birmingham Senior Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion has been arranged for Wednesday November 17

Josh O’Grady has returned to Racing Club Warwick to boost their fight to climb the table.

The midfielder has been reunited with boss Scott Easterlow, having been at Coventry United, and he will come into contention when the bottom-of-the-table Racers head back into action after a two-week break with a home game against Tividale on Saturday. They then visit Stone Old Alleynians next Tuesday.

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