FOOTBALL: BRAKES’ FA Cup dream came to an end on Tuesday night as two late Gainsborough Trinity goals dumped Paul Holleran’s men out of the tournament.
A 0-0 bore draw at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium on Saturday led to both sides lining up against each other once more just 72 hours later.
But hopes of a repeat of Brakes’ 2-1 win in Lincolnshire from the opening day of the Vanarama National League North season faded when strikes Nathan Jarman and Bradley Wells in the final minutes of the game put the result beyond doubt.
Paul Holleran’s men didn’t leave Gainsborough disgraced, though.
In fact, they found the net on two occasions through Joe Clarke and Jack Edwards. But both goals were disallowed for offside.
Holleran was forced into one change from Saturday’s draw as Stefan Moore replaced the injured Colby Bishop. Gainsborough remained unchanged.
Trinity had the best of the early chances when Jamie Hood’s well timed block denied forward Ashley Worsfold in the opening minutes.
The hosts had to wait some time for their next sight on goal though as Leamington posed more threat in the opening part of the first half than they had done in 90 minutes on Saturday.
Joe Clarke and Rob Thompson-Brown saw efforts go wide or saved while Trinity were handed a blow when former Brakes loanee Worsfold was forced off the pitch with an injury on the half hour mark.
Brakes continued to press as Dunbar fired a free kick straight at Ravas while Jack Edwards’ header was claimed by the young Derby County loan keeper as the first half ended goalless.
Ravas had to be on form at the start of the second half when a lobbed effort from Moore was parried before being cleared for a throw in.
A pair of disallowed goals followed before a scramble on the edge of Gainsborough’s penalty box resulted in another wasted opportunity.
Clarke then laced a first time drive just wide of the other post after Moore had held up play well on the edge of the box.
Gainsborough injected some life into the game when Evans headed Craig King’s corner just wide of the post.
Their first clear cut chance in sometime prompted Trinity to advance further, and – with extra time looming – they took the lead on 88 minutes through a Nathan Jarman free kick on the edge of Brakes’ box.
Gainsborough then doubled their lead moments later when a stoppage time counter attack saw Bradley Wells seal the win for the home side.
Brakes are next in action on Saturday when they visit title chasing Salford City.