Leamington beat league leaders Truro City 3-2 at the New Windmill Ground today in front of a crowd of 603.
There is no crowd segregation in non-league football and the Sheepside stand was full of away supporters who had made the long trek from Truro. The woman behind us kept up a long diatribe about how only Truro could play football but they were bullied by the likes of Leamington. Whatever Leamington are, they are not a dirty side and Truro are hardly Manchester United.
It was comedy errors by keeper Tom Brooks that gave the Brakes a 2-0 lead, perhaps revealing why the custodian was released by Plymouth Argyle. After having had a goal disallowed for offside, Brakes scored their first cheeky goal through Richard Batchelor on 12 minutes and then Dailly made a good run on 27 minutes to get the ball in the back of the net, assisted by the keeper.
Truro then replied through Watkins and ex-Fulham ace Barry Hayles. But a minute later Brakes were awarded a penalty (provoking screams of 'diving' from behind us) and Matt Lewis found the back of the net with ease.
The second half was much less eventful with Truro contained by the Brakes, although the referee managed to prolong the game until 5 p.m.
Truro charm merchant and captain Marcus Martin (another ex Argyle player) kept falling over and engaging in other antics, including abusing the linesman, but the referee showed no interest in the bearded wonder.