Two goals from Vijay Sidhu helped Leamington to a 3-1 victory over Barton Rovers at the New Windmill Ground this afternoon had Brakes had gone 0-1 behind.
In form Barton looked impressive in the first half with a defence that was hardly to break down and ex Addick Frazer Toms proving a problem as he foraged forward from midfield. On the half hour mark Mozza in the Brakes goal had to make a good save from a free kick, tipping the ball over the bar. Minutes later PE teacher Martyn Patching had to make an excellent save on the line for the visitors. Ben Mackey took a somersault of delight when he thought he had scored but the linesman had raised his flag some time before.
Tony Thorpe was signed by Fulham for £1m from Bristol City, having previously played 164 games for Luton Town and the danger man pounced a minute after the break to put Barton ahead. There was some talk of offside, but lineswoman Ms S Garratt was correct in ruling that it was not. It looked as if Leamington had equalised but the ball was cleared off the line and then on 55 minutes the former Sky Blue made it 1-1.
His second goal on 62 minutes was a great one, combining real pace and a great strike. You can see it here: Sidhu With a risk that he might score his hat-trick, Sidhu was withdrawn and replaced by former Warwick University student James Husband who made it 3-1 on 85 minutes.