Despite Leighton Town's keeper being sent off in the first minute of play, Brakes only secured a point in a 1-1 draw in a front of a crowd of 507 at the New Windmill Ground today. Leighton were a young, ugly side who frequently resorted to play acting.
Their keeper unnecessarily brought down an advancing Josh Blake in the first minute and the referee had no hesitation in removing him from the pitch. On 11 minutes the referee awarded a penalty for shirt tugging and Bruce Wilson stepped up to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Josh Blake picked up a yellow card and we had the bizarre sight of a suited Leighton director emerging from the Sheepside stand to shout instructions to the derision of the Sheepsiders. Blake drew a save on the line and then ex Coventry City player Ben Mackey burst through the Leighton defence and slotted the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-1 on 42 minutes.
Brakes tried to step up the pressure after the break and just missed an open goal. They won three corners in succession, but were not able to find the back of the net. However, by pressing forward, they left themselves vulnerable to counter attack but Richard Morris remained in control of his goal. As the match went on, there was an increasing resort by the home side to the long ball and some desperate hoofing. There is a lot to learn at this level, although Brakes were weakened by injuries and suspensions, while Tom Bates was at a wedding.
Silver Biscuit to the masterful Martin Hier.