BRAKES may have made the long trip up nirth to Fylde to no avail following a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday evening but they did not disgrace themselves by any means against a side that Paul Holleran described as ‘the best they have played this season.’
With the rain falling for the duration of the game in Lancashire the players did well to keep their footing as the conditions worsened for this Conference North clash at Kellamergh Park.
Fylde tried to press home their early dominance but were thwarted by some stout Leamington defending.
And the visitors slowly began to work themselves into the game, with Lee Chilton seeing a powerful shot blocked but sadly this was almost his last contribution as he pulled up sharply soon afterwards with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Matt Dodd.
Leamington goalkeeper Lewis Fenney made a smart stop from Josh Wilson, diving low to his left to keep out a shot that was heading inside his near post while there was another near miss for the hosts as a shot was scrambled off the line.
But Leamington’s line of resistance was finally broken ten minutes before half time. Fenney came off his line for a corner but was unable to claim the ball, with Josh Langley taking it wide of him before slotting into an empty net.
To his credit the goalkeeper did not let it affect him, making another good save from Lloyd soon afterwards.
Brakes began to make more of an impression on the game as the second half began, making it a much more even contest.
Danny Newton flashed a header wide from the edge of the area from an early corner, while Jordan Goddard fired wide and then won a free kick when his strong run towards goal was halted just outside the box, but his well struck curling effort was straight at Coasters keeper Ben Hinchcliffe.
Just as Leamington looked to be gaining a foothold in the game they were hit by a sucker punch just past the hour mark when Danny Rowe picked up the ball some distance from goal and drifted past a challenge before driving in a powerful shot that beat Fenney all ends up.
Fylde thought they had a third when Lloyd’s cross was put in from close range by Richie Allen, but he was denied by an offside flag.
The same two players combined again for what looked like a certain goal, but Allen somehow contrived to put his shot wide when it looked easier to score.
The game was a more open contest in the second half with chances not just restricted to one end.
Newton curled a good effort just wide while at the other end Fenney was called into action again, pushing another well struck effort from Langley behind, the same player heading just wide from the resulting corner.
Brakes were looking more threatening now and dragged themselves back into the game with ten minutes remaining. Morley’s cross was not held by Hinchcliffe and Jordan Goddard latched on to the loose ball just inside the box to fire it into the net.
Brakes were frustrated in their efforts to fashion an equaliser however and Fenney had to produce a fantastic one-handed save to deny Allen’s well struck curling drive at the other end.
But the home side struck again in the final minute when Lloyd headed in from close range after Fenney had done well again to block Wilson’s shot.