Leamington maintained their play-off challenge with a convincing 3-1 victory over Banbury United this afternoon. It was a rather scrappy midfield battle in the opening exchanges, but then Brakes stepped up a gear. Husband had a crack at goal and a good cross created a chance for Corbett that he was unable to take.
Tony Breeden in the Brakes goal had to make a good save from David Stone. Corbett had another chance which he was unable to convert. Then with the Banbury keeper on the floor, there was a goalmouth scramble with Alex Taylor who had come on as a sub putting the ball in the net just before the break.
Half time: Brakes 1, Puritans 0
Tuohy took advantage of a move from a free kick to put Brakes 2-0 ahead, and did he celebrate! Then new young signing Jacob Blythe showed no hesitation as he advanced on goal and chipped the keeper to make it 3-0. The ball was then cleared off the Banbury line, before Stone scored a consolation with well-worked link up play by the Puritans.
Brakes keeper Tony Breeden likes to play in outfield and there were chants of 'Tony Breeden, on the wing' as he advanced from his area. However, in a subsequent move, he was fortunate not to get sent off when he handled outside his area.
Banbury were solid in defence, but Brakes had enough confidence and fluency in their play to break them down.