20th Nov, 2018

Leamington bid to put loss behind them

Craig Gibbons 13th Sep, 2018

LEAMINGTON will be aiming to get back to winning ways after suffering their first home defeat of the National League North season at the hands of Spennymoor Town.

The Brakes, who have now lost their last two league outings, make the trip to Blyth Spartans on Saturday hoping to quickly put to bed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Spennymoor.

Paul Holleran’s men were the dominant force in the opening 15 minutes but despite some fine touches from newly crowned National League North player of the month Matt Stenson and Connor Taylor, they were unable to make it count.

It was actually goalkeeper Tony Breeden who registered the first serious effort on goal, with his free-kick from just inside his own half bouncing through a crowded penalty area and off the post into the arms of a grateful Matthew Gould.

Rob Ramshaw forced Breeden to shovel his driven cross to the near post over his crossbar as Spennymoor began to settle into the game and there was another hairy moment for Leamington when Shane Henry drove the ball dangerously across the penalty area.

Fortunately no visiting player was close enough to capitalise.

Breeden tried his luck with another free-kick from a similar area to the first just before half-time, but Gould was not about to be beaten by his opposite number and watched it all the way into his arms.

The second period began with Leamington pressing once more, with Stenson doing well to get an effort on target but the angle was too tight for it to trouble the goalkeeper.

The striker then chested a dinked cross into the six yard box from Kieran Dunbar into the arms of Gould before Jack Edwards rose above Henry and Spennymoor skipper James Curtis to head just over the bar.

It looked for all the world the contest would end goalless until the visitors threw on experienced goalscorer Adam Boyes with seven minutes remaining.

And within two minutes he had set his side on their way, sweeping Glenn Taylor’s right wing cross in off the post.

Fellow substitute Mark Anderson then drove the clincher home as injury time approached.

Meanwhile, Leamington have been draw away to Stourbridge in the FA Cup second qualifying round, with the tie to be played on Saturday, September 22.

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