19th Dec, 2018

Leamington bubbling ahead of York test

Leamington Editorial 29th Nov, 2018

LEAMINGTON return to National North action on Tuesday with a trip to York City as they go in search of a fourth consecutive league win.

The Brakes are on a real good run of form having won their last five games in all competitions and boss Paul Holleran will hope his side can overcome a 17th-placed York outfit who have failed to win in their last five league outings.

Leamington head into Tuesday’s clash at Bootham Crescent on the back of Tuesday night’s 5-1 demolition of Midland Premier outfit Lye Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Colby Bishop (2), Ahmed Obeng (2) and Connor Taylor bagged the goals as Leamington breezed into the third round.

Victory over Lye followed Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 victory over lower-ranked Witton Albion in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Anthony Dwyer struck deep into stoppage time to break the hearts of Witton who felt they had done more than enough to earn a replay.

James Foley put Witton ahead after nine minutes before Leamington drew level on the half-hour mark thanks to a Bishop penalty.

Brakes keeper Tony Breeden was by far man of the match as he denied Witton on numerous occasions as the game wore on and, with tie destined for a drew, up stepped Dwyer to hit the winner.

Returning from a three-match bad for a red card picked up in the draw with Darlington on October 27, Dwyer ran at the Witton defence before unleashing a fizzing shot which whistled past Witton keeper Greg Hall and into the bottom corner.

The last-gasp winner has earned Leamington a first round home tie against National League side Hartlepool on Saturday, December 15.

Reflecting on the victory over Witton, boss Holleran said: “It’s (conceding late goals) happened to us umpteen times this season.

“It’s not nice but I’ve been around long enough to know it happens now and again.

“It’s probably the first time this season where we’ve really been on the back foot and got out of jail, but at the same time, working closely with the players I know how many of them were struggling.

“We were a bit patched up and we looked a little bit off it against a lively, fresh, vibrant team.

“I do understand the legginess with some of our players but I certainly don’t want to take anything away from Witton because, if they carry on with that type of momentum in the division they are in, when the medals start getting handed out they won’t be far away.”

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