Saturday, 2 October 2010

A game of two halves

Leamington kept their third clean sheet in three games when they beat Oxford City this afternoon in front of a crowd of 570 at the New Windmill Ground. Three of these consisted of Oxford's 'barmy away' behind the Brakes goal who kept up a chorus of ragged chants.

It has to be said that the first half was pretty dire. The game as a whole was of low quality and Leamington seemed unable to find their rhythm or keep their shape with the midfield often disappearing, although Jacko was his usual energetic self.

Brakes had a chance on 25 minutes from a corner, but Corbett was unable to convert.
Jimmy Husband had a chance from a free kick in a promising position, but sent the ball way over the stand at the Harbury Lane end.

Tuohy had to be taken off injured on 38 minutes and was replaced by Alex Cowley.

Half time: Brakes 0, City 0

Tony Breeden had to make a great save early in the half to prevent the visitors going ahead. On 57 minutes Batchelor controlled the ball well on the right wing and sent in a curling ball. Jamie Hood connected with it decisively to head the ball into the back of the net.

Brakes had a couple of missed chances, but then Matt Lewis scored with a second header to make it 2-0. Breeden had to make a good save and Brakes kept up the pressure with four coreners in succession. Jacko made a great run down the right wing, skinning two defenders, but there was no one to connect with his cross. Daly had a good match in defence, making good use of his head.

With Brakes clearly in charge, James Rowe, a new signing from Canvey Island, was given a run out. The striker looked as if he had plenty of pace, as well as being a battler.

Finally, the officials had a generally good match, especially the linos, who understood the offside rule and flagged for fouls.

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