19th May, 2019

Leamington left frustrated by a late loss of two points

Craig Gibbons 23rd Aug, 2018

BOSS Paul Holleran could not hide his frustration after a late goal denied Leamington all three points in their National League North encounter against Guiseley at the weekend.

The Brakes had taken the lead nine minutes before the interval when Matt Stenson bagged his fourth goal of the season by slotting home into an empty net from an acute angle.

Guiseley hauled themselves level just two minutes after the break when goalkeeper Tony Breeden failed to keep two hands on Curtis Morrison’s cross which allowed Paul Clayton to the bundle the ball into the net from close range.

Leamington restored their advantage with 25 minutes remaining through Junior English who rifled the ball into the far corner after holding off Cliff Moyo.

However, hopes of clinching victory were dashed in the 89th minute when Rowan Liburd fired in the equaliser from Reece Thompson’s cross to break Brakes’ hearts.

Holleran said afterwards: “We worked hard again. We’ve done alright and I think we’ve probably not got what we deserved.

“However, if you look at it another way, if we defend like that so late on we probably don’t deserve to win games.

“It’s certainly an area we have got to address.

“We’ve played five games so far and we’ve performed in five games.

“We’ve probably edged three of them.

“We threw away a point at Hereford last Tuesday as we got a bit tired and too deep and it was a mistake that led to their goal.

“And then against Guiseley we’ve let another two points slip late on.

“Really I think we’ve got enough about us to see it through, but on the whole I think the players deserve a lot of credit.”

From their opening five games Brakes have amassed eight points and that is something which has pleased Holleran.

“When you compare us to this time last year we’ve competed really well,” he said.

“We’ve got eight points on the board, we should really have ten, but it gives us a platform to build on and we now look forward to the Bank Holiday weekend fixtures.”

Leamington make the trip to FC United of Manchester on Saturday before playing host to AFC Telford United on Bank Holiday Monday.

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