New signing Robbie Beard (who doesn't have one) was the hero of the hour at the New Windmill Ground tonight when he came on as a substitute to score the only goal in Leamington's clash with Cinderford Town, enabling them to maintain their challenge for the BGB Midlands Division title.
Up to then Leamington had had great difficulty in felling the Foresters. With the break in games resulting from last Saturday's postponement leading to a lack of their usual sharpness, they had difficulty in finding their rhythm, while Cinderford were a more useful side than their position in the table suggested. The Brakes also missed Josh Blake, although where his whereabouts were uncertain: perhaps he had had a long trip on the removal van or maybe it was squad rotation.
The best chances for Brakes in the first half came in the last five minutes with Ben Mackey blasting over from a one on one with the keeper and Vijay Sidhu firing straight at the keeper from a similar situation.
A series of corners early in the second half gave Leamington hope, but the resultant melées in front of goal saw Cheltenham and Villa product Craig Tait not give way. Finally, the anxieties of the crowd of 451 were laid to rest by Beard's far from classic goal - but it was enough.
It was a frustrating and somewhat dour game, but sometimes you have to grind out results to win a title.