Leamington beat Tiverton Town 5-0 at the New Windmill Ground today in the spring sunshine in front of a crowd of 453, depleted from the 1,251 who watched the clash with Nuneaton on Easter Monday.
The back of Tivvy's shirts were adorned with 'The Golden Buddha' and 'The Golden Panda', presumably references to high-class eating establishments in the Devon town. Tiverton bizarrely kicked off by booting the ball high into the air above the centre circle.
The visitors looked lively in the early exchanges, but nerves were settled on 13 minutes when Matt Lewis put Brakes ahead in a goal created by Bello. Sgt. Bellingham is running so fast these days he has been equipped with a flashing blue light
Lewis then made it 2-0 on 24 minutes. With the keeper off his line, Bello hooked the ball into the net to make it 3-0 before the break.
Half time: Brakes 3, Tiverton 0
An infringement was spotted by the lino and the referee reluctantly gave a penalty so that Matt Lewis could make it 3-0 from the spot and claim his hat trick. Stuart Herlihy was withdrawn so that he could go and get his winnings on the National.
Bello burst through on 74 minutes and McPike, who had been brought on to shouts of 'Don't tell him Pike' finished the move. The lino flagged for a sixth after Book in the Tiverton goal carried the ball across the line, but the referee was not having any. No bookings were made during the game, the referee having apparently left his cards at home.
Guy Sanders had a great game in defence and once again it was a superb performance from Jacko who showed Tiverton no quarter in midfield.