Saturday, 4 April 2009

Last minute goal keeps title hopes alive

A 89th minute goal by Mark Bellingham secured Leamington a 1-0 victory over Rothwell Town and three vital points at the New Windmill Ground this afternoon. The Brakes had been rattled by the Bones who had come to play for the draw. The visitors kept ten men behind the ball at all times and were also aided by some good saves by their new keeper Alex Malong.

Brakes resorted too much to the long ball to try and break down Rothwell. In the second half Rothwell rarely ventured out of their half and Leamington laid siege to their goal while the Bones increasingly withdrew their team into the box. Their keeper resorted to time wasting and received a yellow card. Brakes could not break through, despite three substitutions, to the growing frustration of the crowd of 650.

A scramble in the crowded goalmouth saw Brakes score, but the goal was ruled out for pushing. However, relegation threatened Rothwell could not hold out for ever and Leamington scored the vital winner.

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