Leamington fans directed this chant at the home fans in the instant coffee capital of Britain this afternoon as the Brakes beat Banbury United 2-1 at the Spencer Stadium. 'My garden shed is bigger than this and it's got a door and a window' was a reference to the stadium itself. 'Where's your atmosphere?' was directed at the Banbury fans who probably made up less than half of the crowd of 684.
The chants and songs were the most entertaining part of much of the first half. The heavy cow pasture of a pitch did not allow flowing football. On 39 minutes Brakes won a corner and former Reading ace and Leamington captain Guy Sanders headed inside the top corner of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
In the second half, the Puritans missed an open goal and then Richard Batchelor converted from another corner to make it 2-0. A defensive error allowed Banbury back into the game when they scored through Lewis Hilliard. However, Brakes showed great determination, keeping the ball down the Banbury end of the pitch at the end of the game through a series of corners and throw ins.
Appropriately enough for the Chiltern Railways derby (with cut price tickets available for groups of fans), baffled passengers on the train from Marylebone encountered a Banbury station thronged with chanting Brakes fans. The play offs are very much in sight.