Leamington 3 – 0 King’s Lynn Town
Southern League Premier Division
Match report by Steve Carpenter
A FIFTH home win of the season has pushed Leamington four points clear of third-placed Chippenham as three second half goals put King’s Lynn Town to the sword on Tuesday night.
A goalless first half had given the visitors hope of a possible upset at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium but Paul Holleran’s side showed their class to extend their unbeaten record at home to seven matches.
It was the hosts who made the better start and Rob Thompson-Brown did well down the right to turn inside on 13 minutes and send a low shot towards Alex Street but the ball rippled the wrong side of the side netting.
Street had to be alert to deny Obeng’s dangerous cross and Connor Gudger’s powerful effort as the hosts continued to press for an opener.
The visitors were lucky to still have ten men after Fryatt lunged in for a second time after already being booked a similar offence just minutes before.
The best chance of the half for the visitors came seven minutes before the break. A deep corner reached Sam Gauhran who sent a shot at goal but he was unlucky to see his effort cleared off the line.
Thompson Brown tested Streete with a curling effort four minutes after the re-start but it was the visitors who started the half strongly.
Dan Quigley was inches away from connecting with Michael Clunan’s in-swinging free kick and moments later Michael Clunan broke free down the right and delivered an inch perfect cross for Quigley but he was unable to guide his effort on target from five yards out.
Somewhat against the run of play Leamington found the breakthrough on 54 minutes when Ahmed Obeng raced into the box before beating Street with a low finish.
Ten minutes later Obeng almost bagged a brace with a mazy run that saw him go round four King’s Lynn players but his excellent run was ended by fine save by Street who was alert to the danger and rushed off his line.
Any hopes of a comeback were all but shattered in the 83rd minute when Baker-Richardson drilled home a second just inside the penalty area.
And two minutes later substitute Jack Edwards sealed the win with his first touch of the match barely after after taking to the field.
A mistake by Street saw the ball fall loose down the left and Edwards curled the ball into the back of the net.
Brakes remain four points behind leaders Slough Town after they narrowly beat Dunstaple Town by a single goal.
Leamington: Breedon, Taundry, Gudger, Pond, Hood, Mace, Baker-Richardson, Maguna, Rowe (Edwards 85), Obeng (James 88), Thompson-Brown (Quinn 90+3)
Subs not used – George, Taylor