FOOTBALL: LEAMINGTON slipped to their first league defeat in eight matches on Saturday at home to Boston United.
Paul Holleran’s men endured a successful October spell to lift themselves out of the relegation zone following a poor start to their latest National League North campaign.
But all good things come to an end, and goals from Brad McGowan and Ashley Hemmings secured Boston the win as Leamington slipped to 17th in the league table – still four points clear of relegation.
Paul Holleran named the same 11 that started against North Ferriby United as Boston made the brighter start to the contest.
They were rewarded within five minutes when McGowan fired a loose ball into the back of the net after Brakes keeper Tony Breeden came off his line to meet Sam Muggleton’s long throw.
Rob Thompson-Brown had Leamington’s first chance on goal after 20 minutes, Boston keeper George Willis made light work with the save, while Jack Edwards’ header went over the bar.
Junior English looked to have a decent shout for a penalty when he was sent crashing inside the box by one of the Boston central defenders, but Referee Thomas Kirk was unmoved.
English then laid the ball back for Callum Gittings to stab a first time effort over the bar.
A frustrated Brakes team then saw Junior English booked before Boston doubled their lead when Harry Vince was brought down in the penalty area.
Hemmings converted as Brakes found themselves two goals down before half-time.
It could’ve easily been three though as Vince ballooned his close range shot high over Breeden’s bar just before half-time.
Brakes started the second half in better fashion as Connor Gudgar poached an interception before crashing his effort into the side netting.
Liam Canavan then glanced a header wide from a free kick after Revan was brought down on the right before Kieran Dunbar latched onto a long ball into the box on the right and lifted a shot across goal and wide.
The referee was unmoved once more as Revan went down in the box before the Brakes number nine did well to keep his feet in box to tee up Dunbar for a drive which Willis beat away.
Gregg Smith then forced Breeden into a save with his legs at his near post as he turned English on the touchline inside the box before lashing a low drive towards goal.
New signing Felix made his debut with 20 minutes remaining and gave a glimpse of what Brakes fans can expect from him with a swift touch past his marker before Bishop couldn’t control his cross.
The Brakes newcomer was then denied a goal as Canavan headed on a long clearance from Breeden, Willis saving with his legs at his near post.
Boston came close to a third when a quick break upfield saw Jack Broadhead denied by a fine last ditch block from Jamie Hood, Breeden forced to save with his legs again from the corner.
Leamington: Tony Breeden ©, James Mace, Connor Gudger, Callum Gittings (15 Colby Bishop, 83), Jamie Hood, Junior English, Kieran Dunbar, Jack Edwards (17 Joe Clarke, 78), Kurtis Revan, Liam Canavan, Rob Thompson-Brown (14 Kaine Felix, 67).
Boston United: George Willis, James Clifton, Sam Muggleton, Jamie McGuire ©, Brad Beatson (17 Jan Yeomans, 63), Brad McGowan, Jay Rollins, Jordan Keane, Gregg Smith (12 Kabongo Tshimanga, 78), Ashley Hemmings, Harry Vince (16 Jack Broadhead, 83).
Picture: Sally Ellis.