Sunday, 4 March 2018

Could we be playing Hartlepool next season?

Hartlepool United are in real trouble. If we stay in the National League North, they could be joining us. It reminds me that our board are right to run the Brakes prudently: Hartlepool on the brink

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Well done Brakes!

I wish I could have been at the 1-0 victory over Blyth Spartans in front of a crowd of 524, but I have only just got out of hospital. Leamington have recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season and are now 15th in the table.

Tony Breeden is the hero for saving a penalty, but all credit to Udoh for his goal.

It seems to have been a real nail biter in the closing fifteen minutes.

Former Leamington player Alex Rodman scored the opener for Shrewsbury against Charlton today.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Three important points

Leamington secured three important points with a 3-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium tonight, moving up to 16th in the National League North.

The first goal for Brakes came in four minutes, scored by Daniel Udoh in a crowded area in play following a corner. Their right back, Ioan Evans, was injured in the exchanges and had to be substituted which unbalanced their side.

Leamington had most of the play in the first half, but Gainsborough could be dangerous going forward and missed some chances to level the score. Their danger man was undoubtedly No.7 Craig King who kept penetrating the Brakes defence. I believe he played for Salford last season.

Brakes defence often looked shaky, but all credit to Jamie Hood for his good defensive work throughout the game.

At one point the keeper was out of position and it was difficult to see how we failed to score, just an inability to control the ball.

Immediately after the break, Brakes scored again. After good work on the left by Leamington involving Felix, Gainsborough put the ball in their own net.

Breeden had to react well when a Gainsborough effort came off the crossbar.

Gainsborough increasingly resorted to fouling and the referee began to show his yellow card. However, he put up with Gainsborough's No.6, Simon 'Mr Gobby' Russell telling him how to run the game. I wouldn't have put up with it if I was a referee and it would have been a simple matter to show him a yellow card.

The third goal for Brakes came after an error by the keeper allowed Udoh to bounce the ball off his leg and into the net.

Attendance 372. I didn't see any dogs.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Last minute equaliser

Paul Edwards has tweeted that it was the most undeserved point ever, but Leamington secured a 2-2 draw against Brackley at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium this afternoon with an injury time equaliser. They are now 13th in the table. Seeing Colby Bishop stretchered off in the second half was a real concern.

The first half was a rather dull affair with no real chances for either side, but Brakes went ahead just before the break through a header from Colby Bishop.

They then conceded a free kick in a dangerous position and Brackley equalised on 48 minutes.

Gittings then gave the ball away in midfield and Brackley were able to make it 2-1 to them from a header. Hood then had to clear off the line. It looked as if the visitors might score a third. They certainly ruled the roost in midfield.

In injury time Brakes got a corner and Breeden came up. The keeper tipped it over but from the second corner it went in the net from a Brackley player.

Attendance was 645, two dogs.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Not good enough

Leamington went down 0-1 at home to Stourbridge in the FA Trophy at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium today. Brakes weren't good enough across the game as a whole and one got the sense that cup specialists Stour wanted it more. It was their 11th cup game this season! Leamington never seemed to be able to find the second ball.

Leamington did have a chance to score about ten minutes in, but somehow the ball didn't end up in the net. On the whole it was a poor quality first half with neither side dominant.

The Glassboys bundled the ball in from a corner just after the break. Demands were made for Holleran to bring on substitutes, and eventually he did, but it didn't make much difference (except possibly Obeng but he only had 10 minutes). Brakes applied plenty of pressure in the last quarter of an hour, but Stour defended well. And a replay at their place was probably a reward not worth having.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Convincing victory

Leamington won a convincing 3-1 victory over Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium after going 0-1 down early in the first half.

The Brakes went behind in the 4th minute after a goal was scored from play from a free kick. Taking advantage of a Dunbar free kick, Joe Magunda equalised in the 39th minute from a header in a goalmouth scramble.

Brakes more pressure immediately after the interval and were rewarded when Curzon scored an own goal. It was the best finish of the match.

Just after he had come on as a substitute, Ahmed Obeng went down in the area and Liam Canavan made it 3-1 from the penalty spot. This at last quietened the single vociferous Curzon supporter in the stand. After that it was just a question of whether they could score again.

The referee managed to dish out plenty of yellow cards, Curzon could have got more as they played a physical game.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The 'Villagers' change hands

There has been a change of ownership at North Ferriby United, the bottom club in the National League North known as 'The Villagers'. The club was first put on the market in March 2016. Up to 2015 Steve and Eman Forster injected a quarter of a million pounds into the club, but then said it would have to pay its way given the lack of commercial revenue and the small fan base.

The Forsters have transferred ownership of the club to Jamie Waltham, leaving the club debt free. Jamie Waltham, previously at Hull United and then East Yorkshire Carnegie, was at one time a player at the club. He is a local businessman working in areas such as property and gas fitting.