20th Jan, 2017

Kettering draw keeps Leamington's play-off hopes alive

Steve Carpenter 13th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LEAMINGTON kept their Southern League Premier Division play-off hopes alive with a hard fought 1-1 draw away at Kettering on Tuesday evening.

The home side were sitting just outside the play-off places before the match and Leamington knew that a defeat would damage their chances of finishing inside the top five.

Leamington made a bright start with Jack Edwards firing over on five minutes and Sam Austin also vollyed over the bar, but it was Kettering who took the lead with 14 minutes played against the run play.

Tony Breeden made a fantastic double save but he could do nothing to stop Canavan scoring the third attempt on goal.

As the first half progressed Leamington continued to play good football and were deservedly level shortly before half-time after being awarded a penalty for a foul that looked outside the box but Austin was able to fire the visitors back on level terms.

After the break both sides had chances to steal three much-needed points but perhaps a point was a fair result and keeps Leamington fourth ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Cirencester Town.