Leamington need to return to winning ways when they face Hemel Hempstead Town at the New Windmill Ground tonight. Having started the season well with a 2-1 in at home against promotion prospects Bashley, they went down 3-2 away to Cambridge City midweek, failing to convert a last minute penalty. They then lost 1-0 away to newly promoted Windsor & Eton in an evenly fought game.
A win against Hemel Hempstead should be achievable. The Hertfordshire side would have been relegated last season (having been defeated by Brakes in their last match) but won a reprieve after the dissolution of Merthyr Tydfil.
However, Brakes supremo Paul Holleran faces a challenge in keeping his squad together. Not all the players can be offered the regular football they crave. As a consequence some non-contract players have upped sticks and headed for the Anne Hathaway stadium with its first rate training facilities. Among those to temporarily join Stratford Town are nippy winger James Husband. In all there are five former Brakes players with the Bardsmen at present.
At the time of writing, we believe that we will be the only Charlton blog covering tonight's game.