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9th Dec, 2021

Holleran says Brakes point against Southport was fair result

Editorial Correspondent 24th Nov, 2021 Updated: 24th Nov, 2021

LEAMINGTON boss Paul Holleran was happy with a point from their weekend stalemate against Southport.

He felt neither side deserved the victory as two form sides cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at the Your Community Co-op Stadium.

Holleran admitted the game will not live long in the memory, but it sets them up in positive mood for Saturday’s FA Trophy showdown at home to fellow National League North side Alfreton Town.

Leamington went ahead on nine minutes through Devon Kelly-Evans but Marcus Carver levelled before half-time.

“It has probably been a bit different to previous games we’ve had here recently,” said Holleran. “We scored a good goal in the first half, created a couple of half chances; they came into the game as the half went on.

“I don’t think either side did enough to win it but I don’t think either deserved to lose it really.”

Holleran had opted to hand Kelly-Evans a start for the suspended Joe Parker and the former soon made an impact.

Dan Turner made the break down the left and pulled the ball back for Kelly-Evans to drill first time past keeper Cameron Mason.

Both sides had sights of goal, Dan Meredith and Steph Morley threatening for the hosts, and Jordan Archer and Charlie Munro going close for the visitors.

But Southport had an equaliser just before the break as Brakes keeper Jake Weaver seemed to misjudge a ball over the top and Carver took advantage.

Both sides pressed in the second period, with Weaver flipping one effort over the bar and Edwards heading over and Callum Gittings firing wide for the hosts.

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