Leamington went down 2-3 at home to a much improved Hemel Hempstead Town (who seem to have raided Windsor & Eton for players in the close season) at the New Windmill Ground last night. Perhaps the depleted crowd of 388 knew what was coming. Brakes have now lost three matches in a row by a single goal and if they are not careful they will be in a relegation battle.
The Tudors went ahead on 18 minutes through Dennis Fennemore. There was a foul in the build up which was ignored by the referee and the striker was through with only the keeper to beat.
After hitting the post, Leamington equalised on 31 minutes. That man Jacko was involved in the build up and he scored the goal. A minute later Brakes were ahead. There was a great run on the left, an excellent cross and Luke Corbett put the home side 2-1 ahead.
Half time: Brakes 2, Tudors 1
The game was played at a fast and furious pace throghout and the visitors came out of the traps after the break determined to secure the equaliser which they did through Ross Lafayette. It was Lafayette who then put the Tudors ahead.
Brakes did their best to get back in the game and secure the equaliser, but there was too much hoofing of the ball and not enough fluent passing on the ground. The Tudors were also accomplished at dispossessing the home side.
Tuohy had to be substituted after taking a knock and Danny Edwards had to hop off the pitch with what looked like an ankle injury so there could be injury worries.
I felt that we were missing the pace of James Husband on the wing. Tony Breeden also worries me in the way that he rushes out of his area to play the ball, although it didn't cause any problems on this occasion.
Brakes have a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday against Chippenham.