RELEGATION threatened Leamington Brakes slipped to their third successive defeat after losing 2-0 away at Solihull Moors in the Vanarama Conference North.
In front of the second largest attendance of the season (713) at the Autotech Stadium, it was the home side who had the first chance of the match with Omar Bogle almost getting on the end of a Stefan Moore cross and on six minutes Jordan Gough fired a powerful effort wide of goal.
Ryan Beswick cleared the cross bar before Tony Breeden was called into action to deny Gudger whose free kick looked destined for the top right-hand corner of the net.
Moors broke the deadlock on 15 minutes thanks to Gough who found himself in oceans of space after another spirited run down the left flank before blasting the ball home from ten yards out.
And with Brakes struggling to re-group the hosts doubled their tally on 18 minutes when Darryl Knights seized on a weak back header from Goddard and rounded the keeper for a simple tap in.
A rampant Moors saw Liam Daly’s heading just wide of the post whilst Reece Fleet’s free kick was well taken by keeper Maddison .
Bogle dribbled his way into the six yard area only to find the wrong side of the top netting as the half time whistle beckoned.
Leamington looked a more potent force after two early substitutions in the second half but for a change it was their performance in the final third that was the stumbling block.
That said Gough was unlucky not to put Moors further ahead on 57 minutes when his shot hit the inside of the right hand post and rebounded across the face of the goal.
For the visitors, Goddard’s frustration spoke volumes as after a pulsating run he kicked the ball straight at Breeden, but it was a terrific fingertip save by the Solihull shot stopper that foiled an 18 yard low drive from substitute Edwards with 20 minutes left.
Gudger had a late chance when his cross was deflected by Michael Nottingham but again Breeden was equal to the danger.
Another defeat leaves Brakes 17th in the table but they sit just one point above third from bottom Colwyn Bay ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Chorley.