Told that he was being dropped as Leamington's keeper for today's game against Truro City, Chris Kiely left the New Windmill Ground. With Leamington's reserve keeeper a sixth former at North Leamington school, Ryan Northmore, said to be from Weston-super-Mare wore the keeper's jersey.
It was all to no avail as defensive errors once again saw Leamington collapse at home with Truro winning 1-3. It also has to be said that the Truro side, largely made up of ex-Football League players were more fluent in their passing and much more coordinated: they knew where each other were.
Truro went ahead on two minutes when the keeper and a Brakes defender got in each other's way, giving an easy opportunity to former Manchester United player Andy Taylor. The Cornish flag was waved vigorously by the quite large contingent of visiting supporters who had made the long journey up country. This was the first meeting between the two sides and one of the first occasions the chant of 'Come On City' has been heard at the New Windmill Ground.
The game was effectively put beyond Leamington's reach on eleven minutes. With the Brakes defence at sixes and sevens, Les Athill scored for the visitors. Brakes tried to step up a gear, but were unable to break Truro down.
Half time: Brakes 0, White Tigers 2
Things brightened up for Brakes on 48 minutes when they broke towards the Harbury Lane end and Bello scored. For a time Brakes were in the game more and Truro had to clear the ball off their goal line at one point.
However, the match was put beyond doubt on 65 minutes when Tuohy fouled a Truro player in the area. Barry McConnell, who played over 200 games for Exeter City, stepped up to score from a well taken penalty.
After that Truro could have scored a fourth. Brakes fought on, but never really looked like scoring. Andy Gregory and Ryan Parisi worked hard for Brakes in defence.
With a tough game next week away against Cambridge City and then a home game against Birmingham City, the new manager is going to have his work cut out if an appointment is made within the next few days.