FOOTBALL: BRAKES’ hopes of establishing themselves as a National League North outfit received a boost on Tuesday night as Paul Holleran’s men defeated Gainsborough Trinity 3-0.
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium ‘six pointer’ followed Brakes’ crushing 4-1 loss at Alfreton Town on Saturday.
Fresh signing Daniel Udoh netted twice while an own-goal midway through the first half guided Brakes to their second win against Gainsborough in the league this season.
Tuesday’s game started well for Paul Holleran’s side as they immediately forced a corner from kick-off.
Though Gainsborough cleared the ball in, it only reached Dunbar whose cross eventually found its way to the feet of Udoh – who made no mistake from close range.
Callum Gittings could’ve double Brakes’ lead moments later, but his shot on target was fired straight at Trinity keeper Ravas.
Trinity had their first chance on 18 minutes when a breakdown in communication at the back allowed Jarman to loop a volley over Brakes’ keeper Tony Breeden. Fortunately for him, the shot went over.
Breeden was called upon again when making a stretching save at the back post while Gittings went close at the other end after his shot was deflected.
Kieran Dunbar was left frustrated when his final touch inside the penalty area proved one too many, wasting a clear chance for Brakes to double their lead as the half ended 1-0.
Much like the first half, Brakes scored almost immediately when former York City playmaker Kaine Felix made progress down the left.
An attempted clearance by Gainsborough ended up with the ball in the back of the net as Brakes’ lead stretched to two goals.
Brakes were dealt a stroke of luck when King’s effort struck the bar for Trinity as the visitors continued to try and find a way past Breeden.
Striding for his second goal, Udoh went close on the hour mark when his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Midfielder Jack Edwards was denied on the goal line on 70 minutes when Jacklin was forced to make a last ditch clearance.
Leamington held their own for the concluding 15minutes of the game before Udoh fired Brakes’ third when a poor back pass was charged down by the 21-year-old Crewe Alexandra loanee.
Brakes are next in action on Saturday (3pm) at home against fellow relegation rivals Darlington, another crucial game in Paul Holleran’s quest to keep his side in the second tier of non-league football.