21st Aug, 2019

Leamington bidding to bounce back

Craig Gibbons 16th Aug, 2018

LEAMINGTON will hope to get back to winning ways this weekend in National League North when they entertain Guiseley.

Brakes welcome second-from-bottom Guiseley to the Phillips 66 Community Stadium on Saturday, hoping to quickly put to bed Tuesday night’s narrow 2-1 defeat to title hopefuls Hereford.

Paul Holleran’s men had actually taken the lead through Jack Edwards after 20 minutes.

The Bulls levelled the scores six minutes into the second half when Harry White converted from the spot before Jamie Bird secured the points for the hosts in the 85th minute with a superb effort from distance.

Defeat to Hereford followed Saturday’s impressive 4-2 home victory over Bradford Park Avenue.

Matt Stenson put Leamington ahead in the 43rd minute with Callum Gittings doubling the lead three minutes into the second period.

Stenson then netted his second and Brakes’ third just before the hour mark but two goals in the space of a minute in second half stoppage time from Shane Killock and Oli Johnson set up a tense finale.

However, the drama was far from over as within a matter of moments Anthony Dwyer netted up the other end to secure the 4-2 victory for Holleran’s men.

Speaking after the victory, the Leamington boss said: “We took our foot off the gas a little bit, thinking the game was won.

“I’ve said to the players that no matter who you are playing in this division, if you allow crosses to come into your box, and set plays, you are going to have problems.

We got a bit sloppy and we got punished for it, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

“We’ve still managed to win the game 4-2 but It’s just a little reminder to us all that teams will do that if we don’t stay switched on.

“The way we responded was great, though, and the finish from Anthony to win the game was fantastic.”

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